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Starting a new Scout or Girlguiding Section or Unit can be a difficult process. We’ve rounded up the main things to consider before setting one up.
We’ve rounded up a few things you need to consider before starting up your own Section, Unit or Group.
After you’ve thought about the above, you’ll be in a position to start planning the practical aspects of the launch of your new Scout or Girlguiding Section or Group.
Take a look at our following three tips to help launch your Group or Section:
Although Scouting and Guiding is formed on the basis of volunteers running Sections, you’ll have to calculate how much to charge each Scout or Guide as their subscriptions (subs) and how often to charge. You’ll need to factor in the running costs of your meeting place, how much families will be able to afford in your area, along with the cost of equipment and tools to carry out activities.
Get in touch with your District and other Groups in your area for advice and guidance. Both The Scouts and Girlguiding offer grants to help with the setting up of a new Section or Group and are easy to apply for online.
Firstly, you should plan an exciting taster session for your local youngsters. Make sure you plan fun activities but also encourage them to learn the fundamentals of Scouting or Guiding so they’ll want to return the following week.
As your members grow more familiar with you, they’ll eventually let you know what they’d like to take part in. But until then, offer a variety of activities that will allow your Scouts or Guides to work towards badges as well skill-led sessions that will prepare them for their camps, as this will often be the first time they’ll be away from home.
Take a look at our blog on 5 useful planning tools for your weekly meetings.
There are plenty of online resources available to give you important guidance along with offering inspiration for starting your new Section or Group.
Use social media groups and pages such as 1st Facebook Scout Group for firsthand advice from fellow leaders and volunteers. Along with word-of-mouth tips, The Scouts and Girlguiding have published hugely useful resources on their websites for you to follow: