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Bring a friend

If you have a few spaces in your section but you’re a little anxious about a big recruitment drive that could mean you end up with a huge waiting list, then a ‘Bring a Friend’ evening is a great way to get a few new members.  

Ask your young people to invite a friend who is the right age for the section to come with them to the next meeting. You can use the invite template on the Brand Centre or your young people could make invitations or flyers advertising the event to give to their friends, or badges to welcome them.  

At the session, run an easy, fun programme that everyone can join in with. Rocket building or a games night works well. There’s lots of examples on the Activity Finder. Here are a feto get you started: 

At the end of the session, give information about the Group and details of how new members can sign up. Explain that there’s no big commitment - they can give it a try for a few weeks first if they’re not sure. 

Why not think about how to say thank you to the young people for bringing their friends? You might want to give out a certificate or prize to those who brought a new person along or your County/ District may have a ‘Buddy Badge’ you could present. 

If you’re also looking for volunteers, try a ‘Bring an adult’ evening. Encourage young people to bring a parent, carer, relative or friend for a fun evening of Scout activities. Get the adults involved in the activities so they can see what Scouts is all about. At the end of the session thank them for getting stuck in, and encourage them to give the four week challenge a go.  


Adaptations for Online
  • Make your online meeting welcoming, exciting and engaging for new members  
  • Pre-register their details by email or using an online form ahead of the meeting  
  • Email details of how to join the online meeting and request confirmation they will be attending.  
  • Ensure sufficient adults are in the meeting and invite adult family members to attend   
  • Follow the Taking Scouts Online Guidance   
  • Use our exampleBring a friend invite 
  • Make sure you introduce new people to the rest of the group, it‘s nice to know who is on the call 
Adaptations for at a distance
  • Be sure to stay in ratio and within any capacity guidelines. Try inviting a limit of 3 ‘new friends’ per meeting to make it manageable. 
  • Use markers to set up the room/outside space before anyone arrives and give clear instructions on how to stay apart. 
  • Have a volunteer who’s role it is to gently remind youth members to keep their distance 
  • Make sure you find out who will be bringing a friend beforehand so that you can manage arrival and departure times