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4 Week Challenge

The 4 Week Challenge is a test drive of Scouting. It’s a try-before-you-buy with no commitment to see if volunteering is right for your new recruit. The tips below work brilliantly, digitally, face to face or socially distanced.

We want it to be easy- The four week challenge is a gradual introduction over four weeks that shows new volunteers how much they can get out of volunteering at the Scouts - new skills, new friendships, new experiences, and a sense of making a difference to the lives of young people in their community.



The challenge

Volunteering FAQs
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Tools to support you

A Leaders Guide To Running The Four Week Challenge
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What to do next?

If they say yes...

Brilliant news! This is just the beginning of their time as a scout volunteer so link them up with a mentor who can support and encourage them.   If you are using online meetings,  take some time before the session to chat to your four week challenger and offer support, its hard to discreetly ask the leader for help when the zoom meeting is in progress!

You might have a leader who is shielding who would be perfect to support new adults and may be happy to do this over the phone rather than with a face to face meeting.

Get them started by following the appointments process. You’ll need to register them on Compass and request a disclosure.  Make sure that you check out the coronavirus pages to see what the current advice is whilst social distancing is in place.

Do make them feel welcome, give them a welcome pack, explain the training scheme to them and order them a uniform, especially if you are doing your sessions digitally it will really make them feel part of the team to have their own necker!

If they say maybe...

Find out what they are unsure about and if there’s anything you can do to help. If you are doing meetings online it may be that they are not confident using zoom or whatever platform you are using. They might feel totally different when you return to face to face scouting and want to help out then.

They might need a little time  or even to help for a few more weeks to make sure it fits with their current situation. If you share the term programme there may be activities that interest them and tempt them to get involved again.

You could offer alternatives such as doing the Challenge again for a few more weeks, with a different section or having  a break and doing  another four week challenge in a months time. 

Give them some time and space to think about whether or not the Scouts is for them, keep in touch and remember to share the fun stuff you are doing with them.

If they say no...

See if you can find out why they have made this decision and if there’s anything you can do that might make a difference.

Think about what pressure they may be under at the moment, we all deal with social distancing differently and they may have a number of worries or concerns particularly with the impact of Coronavirus on them or their family. They may feel differently when you return to face to face scouting.

Would they prefer a different role, perhaps on the Executive Committee?

Ask them if they would consider doing the Challenge again in the future, maybe when you return to face to face scouting but respect their choice if it’s still a no.  

Challenge posters and flyers

Download posters and flyers to help spread the word about the 4 Week Challenge from the Scouts Brand Centre.

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The Challenge at a distance