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Recruiting, retaining and re-engaging young people

Because bringing more young people ultimately means building a brighter future

Bring more young people in

What do you think you might need to do to bring more young people in to Scouts? Do you need more volunteers to make that happen? A stronger presence in your community? 

Think about your local area. What’s going on in the community? Are there any new schools or housing developments nearby? Are there specific social groups you want to engage with? What does the community need right now?

Do people know where you are and what you do? Are you welcoming and approachable? Is your meeting place easy to find? First impressions make a world of difference. 

Read some of our top tips.

Keep more young people when they get here

Are you losing young people from your sections? Do you know why? Do they get distracted by other activities and clubs? Have you thought about how you could help prevent them from leaving?

Find some advice and support about keeping young people engaged here.

Re-engage young people who’ve lost interest

Are you struggling to keep young people engaged in online or socially distanced meetings? Do you need advice on contacting parents and carers in order to re-engage with your young people? Do you need more support with running Zoom sessions and online programme ideas?

We're here to help.

Fill empty spaces on your waiting list

Every week, we give young people the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.

You’ve got leaders. You’ve got space. You want to give more young people the opportunity to join. Have you thought about:

Do you need specific advice for your Explorer section?

Starting a new section

There are lots of reasons to open new Groups and new sections in existing Groups. You may be: 

  • Dealing with a long waiting list.
  • Missing sections in your Group.
  • Providing Scouts in an area where there isn’t any.
  • Responding to changes in your community, like the development of a new school or housing estate.
  • Making Scouts accessible to different parts of your community, like opening a section tailored to the Muslim community or starting a new group at a Special Educational Needs school.

Think about the needs in your community. Would opening a new group or section mean that more young people in your community could join Scouts? 

If you’ve decided you’d like to open a new group or section, don’t worry about not having enough volunteers. The new provision process will help you find the volunteers you’ll need and get your new Group or section up-and-running.

Alternatively, if you have a small waiting list, why not check out our quick guide to dealing with a waiting list? 

Keeping recruitment going

Young people need Scouts more than ever, so don’t be put off recruiting new youth members even when we can’t meet face to face. We’ve got some great tips on how you can use our existing tools to engage with young members, even in this virtual world. Check out these tools to do just that. 

How to keep young people engaged

Making sure that you are providing a quality programme is crucial to keeping your sections going. 

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How to recruit more young people

Need more foot-stomping, fun-loving, skills-hungry young people? Follow these simple tips and use these ready-made resources to help you fill those empty seats.

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