We arranged the meeting in our Scout hall where we had fantastic displays from every section with amazing pictures of varied activities and experiences. These were hugely appreciated and a great source of discussion to help illustrate what it is we do in Scouting and how we deliver it in our Group.
Many of our Group Executive and leaders from every section attended in uniform and hosted tea and coffee on arrival so people could chat with leaders and Exec members in an informal way.
We had a slideshow ongoing through the start of the evening to demonstrate the huge range of experiences on offer.
Nearly 40 people attended, which surprised me, but equally I was thrilled, as we had no idea if anyone might turn up.
I did a short presentation about 1st North Berwick Group, what our young people thought about our Scouting, what we needed, what was the reality of a child on our waiting list ever getting into their section due to huge demand and the capacity of leaders to meet that demand. I was very open and honest about the reality and the needs we had, and stated that by becoming a leader or an exec member their child would be offered a place in recognition of the time and commitment they were willing to offer by agreeing to an appointment for a minimum of two years.
I was clear about how many leaders we hoped for and about our desire to open a new Beaver colony as that was where we had the largest waiting list and said that we wanted to increase our Scouting provision locally with parental or other adult support, by recruiting new leaders to support existing section leaders. Some of our leaders and Exec members spoke about their role and why they got involved, and gave an honest insight into what being this meant to them.
I reassured everyone that they didn’t need a Scouting background or to be Bear Grylls but stated that they did need to have a willingness to work in partnership with young people in our community and to learn and try new things.
All who attended completed an information form with details about their child/children, and what they as adults could offer to help our group, with options of weekly to termly commitments, by running activities, helping with trips, admin support for sections, getting involved in our Exec. This meant that afterwards we had a register of who was there and it also gave people a chance to consider what they could offer after the Information Evening.
The evening closed with a question-and-answer session.