There are lots of reasons to open new Groups and new sections in existing Groups.
- a long waiting list
- missing sections in your Group
- providing Scouting where there isn’t any
- responding to changes in your community like a new school or housing estate
- making Scouting accessible to different parts of your community like opening a section tailored to the Muslim community or starting up 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 Scouting?
If you’ve decided that, yes, you’d like to open a new Group or section, don’t panic about not having enough volunteers. The new provision process will help you recruit 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 lists.