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Holding an open night is a really effective way for young people to experience Scouting activities and for parents to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available.

It’s also a great opportunity for you to find out if there are enough young people interested in Scouting to open a new Group or section.

Here are some tips for running an open night/taster evening and resources to help you with an event.

Widely advertising your open night or new Group/section is vital for success. A great place to start when recruiting young people is in schools.

Contact your local schools and see if they will let you visit to provide an assembly or activity to showcase what Scouting is about.

Tips for working with schools and assemblies

To create additional eye-catching materials to promote your open night visit the Print Centre.

For existing Groups, an alternative recruitment method could be to run Bring a Friend evenings.


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