During a busy section meeting, it can often be a struggle to really have a chance
to chat to the parents as they drop off or wait to pick up their children. Sometimes
the opportunity to just let people know about the ways they can get involved with
your Group and the fact that you as leaders would appreciate their help can be a
hard task and an opportunity missed.
One idea that we have developed to help get round this is an Opportunities Board.
By placing the enclosed poster along with your chosen vacancy cards in a prominent
position in your Group's meeting place, in a lobby area or by the door into a hall,
you can promote to parents and other adults the many ways and opportunities that
your Group has to get involved in the fun.
A pack has been sent to every Scout Group in the County and includes:
1 opportunities poster,
15 different generic role cards,
25 i.SCOUT… (Leader) leaflets,
25 Help Make a Difference (Group Executive) leaflets,
1 Too busy to volunteer? poster,
1 Nothing to do? Poster.
Below you can find PDFs of all the different resources in the pack and role description
for the 15 generic adult roles detailed on the role cards.
Once you have the right person to carry out a role in Scouting, the next step is
What is integration?
Integration is the next step after someone says yes. It is about welcoming them and
getting them started in Scouting and moving forward. This involves:
Agreeing their role
having a go
Many people who get involved in Scouting leave after just a short while, this could
be for a variety of reasons from not having a chance to do anything, not being sure
exactly what is expected of them, not feeling valued, to being left without any support.
A good way of overcoming some of these difficulties, and encouraging people to stay
involved with Scouting longer, is to plan a period of integration into Scouting for
a new leader or helper. We have developed lots of tools and resources to help you
with this and you can find them by CLICKING HERE!