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    Looking at this from the other angle (as the hirer of a minibus) we always thought it an advantage to have on the side of the bus the name of a group that wasn't our own. I mean, we don't deliberately go out to ram raid shops etc but you never know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pa_broon74 View Post
    Looking at this from the other angle (as the hirer of a minibus) we always thought it an advantage to have on the side of the bus the name of a group that wasn't our own. I mean, we don't deliberately go out to ram raid shops etc but you never know...

    (I'm joking...)

    (No really, I am...)

    Most people seem to drive minibuses fairly well when they are full of kids.

    I know my driving style when I have bus containing 12 other people's kids is very different to when i'm on my own in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recneps View Post
    Most people seem to drive minibuses fairly well when they are full of kids.

    I know my driving style when I have bus containing 12 other people's kids is very different to when i'm on my own in the car.
    As is mine - but I still managed to get a speeding ticket whilst driving the group minibus (36 in a 30 caught on camera at the start of the 30 zone at the end of a downhill dual carriageway - not that is any excuse! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadBaloo View Post
    As is mine - but I still managed to get a speeding ticket whilst driving the group minibus (36 in a 30 caught on camera at the start of the 30 zone at the end of a downhill dual carriageway - not that is any excuse! )
    Thats easy enough to do. Saltford Hill is our nearest camera that's turned on at the moment I think and from what i've heard triggers at spot on 33mph. Steep hill, fully laden bus, i can see it being easy enough to for people to set it off without driving dangerously.

    (Not sure if the one on the A46 Swainswick Bypass is being turned back on, but that one's even more lethal - 50mph limit on a steep downhill dual carriageway)

    I'd be lying if i said I never went over speed limits. On the other hand I know the bus is limited to 62mph so its unlikely to be triggering too many cameras on motorways and dual carriageways.

    My bigger concern is when myself and others drive the bus empty (or just loaded with kit).

    A more likely issue is parking tickets. Some councils make it very hard to find a place you can legally park a minibus!
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    Quote Originally Posted by recneps View Post
    We have long talked about the idea of hiring a mobile climbing tower and setting it up in a square in the centre of Bath with a few other activities and a recruitment stand - but each time we talk about it we come to the conclusion we will get lots more young people sign up and boost our waiting lists rather than our leader figures.
    Our District organised a campaign over one to two weeks in June. There was a tower, crate stacking and other activities, including archery (very short range with rubber ends!) and a boat (no water!) and glider in the market square one Saturday. This was supported by a treasure hunt based on neckers hidden in shop windows across the town, and other such activities. Groups had a flag-pole building competition (although in the end there were only two entries).

    Groups were asked to designate meetings as open evenings (all or nearly all did so), and run the sort of activity that adults (and young people, but we weren't trying to recruit those) could come along and get involved in (there was lots of cooking, a fair bit of pioneering, some more treasure hunts and assorted other stuff). District provided people to chat to visitors at these (because the section leaders were busy with the meetings, obviously), and the GSLs pitched in and went to each others' meetings as extra "chat bodies".

    Obviously the press officer was busy in advance, and one local paper had an "outsert" (extra pages outside the main paper) highlighting the event.

    The final number of adult names taken was about 60. This gave District, again with GSLs pitching in, a fair follow-up job talking to everyone over the subsequent weeks. Offers ranged from occasional help to uniformed leaders to committee roles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DKRSL View Post
    Our District organised a campaign over one to two weeks in June. There was a tower, crate stacking and other activities, including archery (very short range with rubber ends!) and a boat (no water!) and glider in the market square one Saturday. This was supported by a treasure hunt based on neckers hidden in shop windows across the town, and other such activities. Groups had a flag-pole building competition (although in the end there were only two entries).

    Groups were asked to designate meetings as open evenings (all or nearly all did so), and run the sort of activity that adults (and young people, but we weren't trying to recruit those) could come along and get involved in (there was lots of cooking, a fair bit of pioneering, some more treasure hunts and assorted other stuff). District provided people to chat to visitors at these (because the section leaders were busy with the meetings, obviously), and the GSLs pitched in and went to each others' meetings as extra "chat bodies".

    Obviously the press officer was busy in advance, and one local paper had an "outsert" (extra pages outside the main paper) highlighting the event.

    The final number of adult names taken was about 60. This gave District, again with GSLs pitching in, a fair follow-up job talking to everyone over the subsequent weeks. Offers ranged from occasional help to uniformed leaders to committee roles.
    That sounds great and its good to hear of a District working so well together to aid adult recruitment

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    Taking on board some of the advice from here, I took the liberty of starting a facebook page for our group.

    The first comment under the first post (I put the post up) is worth reading.

    Search for Longniddry Scouts.

    Oh the banter...


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    Paul - Go to the Group page and make THAT Group Closed - then your people can talk subs and such.

    Then create a second Group, make it OPEN but make it so that only admins can post. That way you absolutely control what the public sees.

    On your closed Group - allow members over 13 to join but ask that their parents join as well. All bar two of our parents are members of the FB Group and we use it for internal comunications and promotions.
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    I've still got to get the hang of the whole facebook thing, I thought groups and pages were different? That was a page I created, it wasn't intended to be a closed group (I wasn't intending on having a group at all, we still do comms old school style - if I messed with the existing channels of communication -which is to say created other ways of talking that not everyone was on board with - there would be problems, real problems...)

    I can lock the comments up though, that would be doable.

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    If you are public then you need to be able to control postings. As you have already discovered :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushfella View Post
    If you are public then you need to be able to control postings. As you have already discovered :-)
    oh dear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushfella View Post
    If you are public then you need to be able to control postings. As you have already discovered :-)
    A wee bit more complicated than I at first thought. Private group created, public page has comments switched off.

    You live and learn.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pa_broon74 View Post
    A wee bit more complicated than I at first thought. Private group created, public page has comments switched off.

    You live and learn.


    It is another tool in your armoury, Paul. One you can use to sell the message to outsiders, the other you can use to build your internal support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merryweather View Post
    oh dear!

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