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Starting new provision

Once you're ready to open a new Group or section, it's important to consider some basic necessities such as finance, equipment and facilities.

Ensuring that new adults are given a strong welcome into Scouting will make them comfortable and confident in their new roles, as well as keeping them involved in Scouting for longer. Using an induction pack for new leaders or a parent’s guide to Scouting for new families is an important part of any welcome.

All sections within Scouting cost a little money to run, from venue hire to craft items.

Here is a sample budget that highlights the main expenses of opening a new section.

It's also helpful to get to grips with the administration of a section from day one. Using record cards to keep track of members' personal details is a good place to start.

Planning a programme is fundamental to a successful section. These programme planning books (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers) contain a great selection of activity ideas and session plans, in addition to Programmes Online.

To make sure you've got everything you need, this new provision checklist explains the practical requirements you should consider.

Did you know?

Every new section opened is eligible to apply for a start up grant from UKHQ. Find out more above the grants scheme and download or complete an online application form here: HQ Start Up Grants for new Sections

Find out more about obtaining funding through the Development Grants Board.


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