We want to welcome as many young members as possible to Scouting but we need more adult volunteers to enable this.
The waiting lists could be a source of new leaders so why not consider one of our practical ideas for tackling the waiting list to welcome new adult members (note the aim of this activity is not to invite more young people to add to your ever-growing waiting list).
Many parents tell us they would love to help if they were asked. So, let’s keep asking!
4. What about your Executive gaps? Could the parents/carers support your Group/District as an Exec member, Treasurer, Chair or Secretary for instance? Or have you considered launching a Squirrel Drey for instance which could be communicated? Or speak to your District Team about volunteer vacancies to promote/engage?
5. Share waiting list information – share it with another nearby Group in case they have the capacity for young people and thus use it as a recruitment tool for new adult members.
6. Run a taster session for the waiting list – this can be a one-off for potential new young people but primarily to inspire adults to get involved. Look at the gaps in the roles you have from social media manager to catering lead, from waiting list management to activity researcher, from photographer to trainer and so on. You could also invite them along to an AGM or larger Group event to find out more, meet the team and even take part.
7. Take the chance to ask those on the waiting list what their skills, interests and experiences are – use this ‘talent pool’ as part of your programme delivery team/development to involve them adhoc week to week and look at ways of inviting them to come back to volunteer again, and then again.
8. When contacting the waiting list ask them to introduce a friend to adult volunteering with Scouting. You never know! Or, if you can, why not offer an immediate space in your Group for a young person if they have an adult who can volunteer? It’s a win/win; they get to jump the queue and you get an extra pair of hands! This is entirely at the discretion of each Group as this is not suitable for every location.
9. Share news – news about what you are doing, who the team are, the fun being enjoyed by young people and adults, and things coming up to excite new adult volunteers to enquire about joining. Kirstie, your Scouting Support Officer has a wealth of ways to do this from communicating the benefits of adult volunteering, adult volunteer stories making volunteering roles relatable and even to fun Scouting videos.
10. Job share opportunities – position volunteering as a job share opportunity to parents/carers on the waiting list ie two friends/colleagues taking on one role as a shared opportunity. If one person can’t
Got a question?
Email – Kirstie Armsworth, Scouting Support Officer
Updated – February 2023