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Five reasons to involve parents in your camp

  1. It’s all about recruitment – Get your head switched on to the fact that by inviting and involving parents you could recruit more adult volunteers for your group, or at least get more commitment from the adults who currently help.
  2. It works – Camps and residential experiences are proven to be the most successful method of recruiting parents to help more in their children’s scout group. At an average camp, eight parents will get involved in Scouting for the first time as an adult.
  3. The numbers don’t lie – Forty-five per cent of new section leaders come from parents of existing or prospective youth members. Fact. Targeting parents is the most effective way to focus your recruitment energies.
  4. Camping is fun – Much of the best work you do as a scout volunteer happens at camp, so there’s no better place to show off the special formula of fun and friendship that Scouting provides. Parents who’ve attended camps tell us they most look forward to enjoying themselves and camping.
  5. It’s recommended – Ninety-eight per cent of scout groups that have used camps to recruit parents say that they will do it again.

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