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The ask

So you’ve put all this effort into organising a great camp for the young people in your scout group, and taken the step of inviting parents along.

You’ve given them a defined role, a buddy and a scarf. Maybe even a badge. But it’s all in vain if you don’t do the difficult bit and ask them to volunteer for you in a more official way. Here’s how...

Inviting parents along

Use this script as the basis for inviting individual parents along to the wow meeting about your camp. Use the information you’ve gathered about them during informal chats at the start and end of meetings.

Download the script - inviting parents

Pick your moment

During camp there’s a ready-made moment perfect for floating the possibility of turning someone from parent to leader. When the young people are in their tents (sleeping may be wishful thinking) the adults gather around the fire to reflect on the day’s activities. Now’s your chance, when they’re relaxed and content.

Download the script - at camp

The follow up

This is the last opportunity you’ll have to use the good feeling created at camp to convert your target parents to support you more. This script uses the example of a four week challenge to hook the parent into, but you may have an alternative idea, or adopt a more flexible approach (or have a non-section based role in mind, depending on what you know about the parent).

Download the script - the follow up


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