Bring an Adult
Bring a friend to experience the benefits of volunteering
If you are looking for new volunteers, how about bringing an adult along to a section meeting or other event to see Scouts in action first hand.
We know volunteering with the Scouts is #GoodForYou, even better when it’s Good for Two!
Identify a friend, family member or colleague who might like to come along with you to see what it’s all about.
Beforehand, have a conversation about what to expect. Share what you enjoy about Scouts and some of the fun things you’ve done. Do they have existing skills you can make use of or would they like to learn new skills?
Give them all the information they need including when, where and what to bring. You could arrange to travel together or meet them there. They might need instructions on how to access a venue or need a coat and a pair of boots for the muddy campsite.
Let your team know that your friend will be joining in. Consider whether you all bring a friend to the same event or whether you bring them along on separate occasions. First impressions count, we want to make them feel included and ensure they have a great time.
During The Event
Welcome and introduce them to everyone, including the young people, or they may like to introduce themselves. You could even give them a neckerchief to wear!
Have them buddy up with you and take part in the activities alongside you. Check in regularly with them to make sure they’re having a good time. Explain any Scout language that they might not have heard before. Here are some examples with practical tips.
Plan your programme so that all adults will be included in activities and not left on the side-lines. Write some instructions for activities, and break down the activity into separate tasks. Share the instructions and risk assessment in advance so they know what to expect.
Arrange to meet ahead of the session so you can check they know what is happening and introduce them to other adults.
Start the session with a warm welcome and introduce then to the young people as part of the opening ceremony. You could lend them a neckerchief to really make them feel part of the crew!
Whatever you plan to do, make sure your friend can be involved, playing their part in a team game, helping share a skill, leading an activity or simply helping you to get the next activity ready.
Here are some activities that are #GoodForTwo:
- Art Apart
- Meet and Greet
- In and round a circle
- Mirror Me: the warm up
- Chopstick relay
- Mother Nature’s ID challenge
Or you could come up with your own ideas, perhaps theming the session around the number two, pairs or partners.
Make sure that all the way through, the activities are designed to include your visiting friends so that they have as much fun as the young people.
Round off your session with your usual closing ceremony, making sure to thank your visiting friend.
Beforehand, share any details of the event with your friend including what to bring with them. This might be a packed lunch and a warm coat and wellies. Let them know what the purpose of the event is, what they’ll get out of it and how they will be helping.
Remember to introduce everybody – even though you might know everyone there your friend won’t. Try to avoid Scout jargon as much as possible, and if it does come up try to explain what it means.
Keep checking in on them throughout the session and making sure they’re having fun and have everything they need.
Thank them for attending and their contribution. Find time to have a chat with them afterwards to see how they found it and whether it’s something they’d like to do again. Remember, there’s lots of ways of being involved with Scouts as an adult. They might prefer to have a less regular commitment, or do something behind the scenes. Explore all the options with them and give them time to consider if it’s the right fit for them.