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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.

Quality programme

Make sure your young people are having the time of their lives and telling their friends about it.

Check that you’re providing the best Scouting experience possible to your young people.

Cubs Quality Programme Checker

Beavers Quality Programme Checker

Scouts Delivering a Quality Programme

Explorers Quality Programme Checker

Bring a friend evening

A bring a friend evening is an easy way to boost numbers. Are your young people having fun? Do they tell their friends about it? Get them to invite them along one evening!

Run a bring a friend evening

Make the most of social media

Are you on social media? Are you visible to everyone? Are you making use of Instagram, Facebook  and Twitter? Regular posts showing people what your Group is getting up to will help promote your Group. 


Social media advice

Visit schools

Organising a visit to a local school is a brilliant way to tell more young people about the fun they could be having every week at Scouts. They’re bound to want to get involved.

Plan a school event

Open events

Open events are a useful way to showcase the Scouts by inviting young people along to have a go at a range of typical Scouting activities like toasting marshmallows and making spaghetti towers.

Hold an open event

Taster sessions

Taster sessions build on open events you may have held. They are an opportunity for new young people to try out Scouting over the course of a few weeks to see if it’s something they’d like to do regularly.

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Recruiting Explorers

Making connections with local schools and colleges is a good way to recruit Explorers. It’s also important to focus on making sure that existing Scout Troops are having a great experience - if your Scout programme is really strong, they’ll want to move up into Explorers.

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