Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Leader Recruitment

  1. #1
    GSL NAWBUS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Newcastle-under-Lyme
    Posts
    270
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Leader Recruitment

    Does anyone have any tried and tested methods for getting new leaders?
    Our Cub Leader is off on maternity leave and we are seriously short of leaders.
    Our District are offering absolutly no help desite numerous requests.

    Thanks

    Nick
    Nick Wood
    Group Scout Leader
    1st Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle St. Andrews Porthill Scout Group Est. 1908


    1st Porthill Scout Group's Web Site

    1st Porthill on Twitter

  2. #2
    Senior Member chrisp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Surrey
    Posts
    435
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Have you tried asking Scout Network people in your county? Maybe a University or college locally has a Scout and Guiding club - thats also a good way of finding extra pairs of hands, with scouting experience!

  3. #3
    GSL & AESL shiftypete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    12,390
    Thanks
    3,559
    Thanked 1,189 Times in 788 Posts
    Hi
    You could try contacting your nearest Student Scout and Guide Organisation at your nearest University or at www.ssago.org.uk. Students are always a good short term help and sometime they can help for several years.

    Another option is to ask parents if they would be willing to take on a Leader role most parents will not volunteer but if you specifically ask them and inform them of what is involved you might find someone willing to help especially if it would be short term, to cover a pregnancy in this case.

    In the long term the best way we have of finding leaders in the future is to provide them ourselves by getting Scouts and Explorers to become Young Leaders who will then hopefully become full adult Leaders

    Good Luck with your search.

    Peter Andrews AESL of Headingley Pirates ESU, Group Scout Leader & Webmaster of Falkoner Scout Group
    www.falkonerscouts.org.uk

    Previous Scouting Roles
    2003 - 2013 ABSL
    2017-2018 AGSL

    Wike, North Leeds District Campsite - www.wikecampsite.org.uk
    www.leeds-solar.co.uk
    Please note all views expressed are my own and not those of any organisation I'm associated with

  4. #4
    GSL NAWBUS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Newcastle-under-Lyme
    Posts
    270
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I must admit I hadn't thought about SSAGO. Just had a look at them and neither of our local uni's, North staffs and Keele, have SSAGO clubs!
    I will speak to our local Network person, but I'm not holding my breath as she knows our problems as well.
    We are getting parents to hlep us, but very few are interested in helping and they don't want to comit to anything. Luckily those who are willing to help have been CRB'd.

    Nick
    Nick Wood
    Group Scout Leader
    1st Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle St. Andrews Porthill Scout Group Est. 1908


    1st Porthill Scout Group's Web Site

    1st Porthill on Twitter

  5. #5
    Moderator David's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    4,073
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    it used to bealot easier to geta leader or just someone to help out but i think that some of them could be put off becasue of all the paper work like CRB's and stuff like that.

    u could get the parnets that are already involved in scouting and get them to join. think abiut giving them and their child a little discount at camps, things like that.

  6. #6
    Member Baracles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    94
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    parents are usually the best option and most of the time a re willing to help. Wuite often you'll find they were cubs or scouts back in thier day. When our Cubs and beavers were short on leaders they asked us, the scout leaders if we could go and help and we did. Maybe some of your leaders or GSL could help?

  7. #7
    Escouts Management Daniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Huddersfield
    Posts
    3,237
    Thanks
    118
    Thanked 49 Times in 24 Posts
    well, our group has just had three or four new leaders, all becasue of word of mouth, they all wanted to help.
    Daniel

    Explorer Scout Leader | Group Trustee
    4th Huddersfield Golcar Scout Group
    4thgolcar.org.uk
    District Media Development Manager
    Huddersfield South West
    hswscouts.org.uk



  8. #8
    GSL NAWBUS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Newcastle-under-Lyme
    Posts
    270
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    All the other Leaders are helping out. Trouble is there is only 3 of us! I'm going on my honeymoon on Sunday, so I'm out of the equation for about 4 weeks. As to the GSL helping, that's me as well - many hats!

    I still don't know what the answer is, maybe the local press?

    Nick
    Nick Wood
    Group Scout Leader
    1st Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle St. Andrews Porthill Scout Group Est. 1908


    1st Porthill Scout Group's Web Site

    1st Porthill on Twitter

  9. #9
    Escouts Management Daniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Huddersfield
    Posts
    3,237
    Thanks
    118
    Thanked 49 Times in 24 Posts
    contact your district, im sure there is someone in another group who can help out, or if not contact the other districts around
    Daniel

    Explorer Scout Leader | Group Trustee
    4th Huddersfield Golcar Scout Group
    4thgolcar.org.uk
    District Media Development Manager
    Huddersfield South West
    hswscouts.org.uk



  10. #10
    GSL NAWBUS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Newcastle-under-Lyme
    Posts
    270
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Yep, done that!!!!
    We told our own District and on of the other local Districts about our situation back in May. Both have said a lot, but not actually done anything!

    I must admit, we do feel as if we are banging our heads against a wall........

    Nick
    Nick Wood
    Group Scout Leader
    1st Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle St. Andrews Porthill Scout Group Est. 1908


    1st Porthill Scout Group's Web Site

    1st Porthill on Twitter

  11. #11
    Member Baracles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    94
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Network seems the best option if not the fellowship for a short term solution. As to getting new leaders in to stay press might work but i think roping parents is best. Or there friends and family someone who can give up alittle bit of there time

  12. #12
    Ancient Old member Martyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    923
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    We still think of doing things the wrong way

    1) CRB Forms and Stuff - They are not hard to fill in, I admit sometimes people need a push (Like going round the persons house and filling them in for them) -
    If needed turn the CRB form round the other way
    eg - This question normally does the trick 'Would you be happy for your child to go in another parents car/house if the other parent had not been CRB

    2) A few points
    Fellowship/Young Leaders/District Leaders etc are all short term solutions
    Roping in People is not the right term.
    Attracting someone 'Off the street' is nearly impossible

    So my suggestion
    Invite a Group of 4 to 5 Parents (Likely canditates) to your house to dicuss a parents rota (Slightly false pretense)
    These 4 or 5 parents are going to be your Leader team !

    Have a rough program for 4 to 6 weeks prepared - Basic Outline

    Get the Parents to 'volenteer' for bits of the program they could do (Assist if needed 'Scout games books', log books etc)

    Fill the 'Scouting skills' gaps in the program with Fellowship/etc

    Make sure you utilize the skills you have 'One parent' is probably a good administrator (Take register/collect subs/keep records/etc)

    Make sure no one gets over burdened (Give them weeks off)

    Spend less of your time actually doing and more Leading the team

    Make sure you have everything Documented and everyone knows what they are doing (check twice)

    At the End of the 1st evening and from then on (Make sure you finish on time) spend 5 minutes on a parent rota/Leaders meeting making sure again that they know what to do/get/bring for next week

    When requesting help from District/etc be precise - Could you help me at Cubs on 23rd Nov 7 till 7:30 running a session on Knots. If they say no try 'could you suggest someone else'

    Keep recruiting to your Leaders team

    The big problem Leaders have is they do more any more (because it's easier to do it yourself) until they do everything for a limited time and then say 'F* this' I've had enough

    There is no magic answer - but this is the best I've seen (worked twice)

    Martyn

Similar Threads

  1. Leader Recruitment
    By mediamanager in forum Scouting Talk
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 27-03-2013, 08:13 PM
  2. re: Leader recruitment of trainee teachers
    By marcush in forum Related Discussion UK Chief Commissioner Questions
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 23-12-2011, 11:40 AM
  3. [Answered] Leader recruitment of trainee teachers
    By Penny E in forum UK Chief Commissioner Questions (CLOSED)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14-12-2011, 09:49 PM
  4. Leader Recruitment
    By sid in forum Scouting Talk
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 28-07-2011, 06:36 AM
  5. Leader Recruitment
    By Martin_S in forum Scouting Talk
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 22-10-2006, 01:13 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •