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he Big Adventure is a way to recruit more parents and other adults into Scouting by inviting them to take part in a camp or residential event as part of the leadership team. By being actively involved in the event, they understand how Scouting happens, and hopefully will be encouraged to volunteer for Scouting in the future.

A proven recipe for success More than 900 Groups used last year’s Big Adventure to recruit hundreds of new adults into Scouting and we want you to do the same. It could be a camp or activity day you are already organising. This booklet will tell you everything you need to know about planning and running your event, and making sure those who enjoy volunteering get to do it again.

BOOK YOUR VENUE Our annual directory of campsites and activity centres starting on page 10 will help you to choose the venue for your Big Adventure. From abseiling to zorbing, greenfield to urban, there’s bound to be a centre to suit you and your Scouts.

The Big Adventure | 1 May – 31 August 2010 The Big Adventure is happening again in 2010, from 1 May to 31 August. Any camp or event running during this time can be part of The Big Adventure, purely by inviting parents and other adults to get involved.

CONTENTS 5. Why do adults volunteer? 6. Getting parents involved 8. Keeping the mix together 10. Who does what? 14. Working with parents 16. The follow-up 17. Choosing your venue – campsite directory 18. Asking the right questions



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efore leaping ahead and asking adults to be involved with your event, it is important to understand the reasons they may have for getting involved. This will help you to offer a suitable and appealing role that leads to a positive experience. Adults join Scouting for a wide variety of reasons. Many were involved when they were younger and become adult leaders simply as the next step. However, more and more people now join for other reasons.

Personal contacts Many adults join to help friends, colleagues or other people they know. Someone who already volunteers may have talked about what they do, explained what it means and encouraged their friend to help them out.

Skills People often welcome an opportunity to use and pass on their skills, from climbing and first aid to DIY, crafts or cooking. They could even be practical Scouting skills, such as fire-lighting, that were first learnt when the adult was a Scout or Guide themselves.


CV building Scouting offers a variety of experiences and opportunities for adult members, which can be valuable on a CV. For example, a student teacher, who needs to show experience working with young people; a trainee accountant, who may act as Group Treasurer; or someone who is looking to return to the workplace and needs to ‘Adults often find it particularly build up their experience.


motivating if they can see their skills making a real difference’

Many parents of youth Members simply want to support and encourage their child, and see them develop while having fun. Volunteering offers parents the opportunity to see their child playing and taking part in activities with their friends. It can also enable them to spend time involved in their child’s activities, which they may not otherwise do.

Camping Many parents will be happy to help leaders in a practical way at camp, while also enjoying seeing their children and their friends having a good time. Adults often find it particularly motivating if they can

see their skills making a real difference. In many cases, camping offers parents the chance to try new things, like sleep in a tent, cook over a fire or archery.

Volunteering roles If you know, or can find out, what an adult’s motivation for being involved in Scouting is, this will help you to think about a suitable role to offer them. If they enjoy the role, they are more likely to take on a similar one in the Group or District. Remember, volunteering for Scouting is not just about being a section leader – think about vacancies on the Group Executive or the need for skills instructors, for example.

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hose who come to your Big Adventure event need to be welcomed properly and given a role that suits their availability, interests and skills. Thinking about how you will ask them makes it more likely they will say yes.

Preparation The ask The Big Adventure will be most effective if you prepare well in advance. So, roll up your sleeves, wash your hands and get cooking… Consider carefully the parents who can be asked to be involved in the event. Have a role in mind for them – what would they be good at, what skills do they have and what can they bring to the event? Calculate how much time is available for them to be involved and for you to support them. Make

rents to buy ‘There is no need for pa ally make or wear uniform, or form p’ cam the Promise, to help on sure their skills are used, while considering that if it goes well they may stay involved with the Group. When deciding what role is suitable, also think carefully about which jobs need filling. Recruiting someone to be Camp Treasurer and firing their enthusiasm to continue the role is great, but not if you already have an established Group Treasurer!

Also ensure the people you ask (and are hoping to recruit) are ones you feel can be a part of the team in the long term. Decide who is the best person to ask the parents (individually, if possible) and invite them along as soon as you know the details of your Big Adventure event. Be ready to answer any questions the potential new recruits may have about, for example, cost, uniform or equipment.

Like cooking, preparation is everything when encouraging parents to get involved in Scouting

Simmer Using their skills Your leadership team can be a mixture of old hands and newcomers. Consider people’s talents, not necessarily their Scouting experience. Talk to them about their skills and jointly agree how they will be involved. Invite parents and young people as far in advance as possible (with a follow up nearer the time). This is much the best way to get people’s attention. A letter – including timings, cost and forms – is a good way to also introduce the leadership team for the event.

Serve Getting them ready Arrange any training or preparation the parents will need. Bear in mind this could be their first experience of Scouting adventure and they may need to be made aware of things that current leaders take for granted. Make sure everyone: • is aware of the Young People First guidelines (the Yellow Card) • has learnt necessary new skills • has met the other people involved in the event.



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Confirm the details of the programme, including equipment, travel arrangements, the menu and activities with your leadership team. When finalising the logistics, make sure everyone has the right equipment (does anyone need a sleeping bag?). Remember to order free copies of The Little Guide to The Big Adventure, a useful resource about the event that can be given to your parent helpers. Copies are available from the Scout Information Centre from February.

The finishing touches As with any meal, ensure the details are in order and finalise the arrangements – then all that’s left to do is enjoy the event!


more info The No-Nonsense Parents’ Guide to Scouting is a good introduction to Scouting, giving general information about the options available to parents. It is available free from the Scout Information Centre. Helpful information is also available at

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our Big Adventure event is a great chance to recruit adults, so don’t miss the opportunity to get parents and carers involved.

Prepare People who want to be involved won’t necessarily expect to have to fill in forms. However, all adults who are involved need to be Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked and, if they don’t have an adult appointment, need to fill out an OH Form (see factsheet FS321004 Criminal Record Checks at Explain that this is necessary to maintain a record of people involved in Scouting events and to ensure the safety of our young people. Preparing the paperwork in advance makes it much easier for you to manage your event.

Simmer Hopefully, your adults will want to be further involved in Scouting after the event. Having information on suitable roles (eg Section Assistant, Group Treasurer) – which can be found at – will help explain what needs doing.

Remember, any offer of help should be welcomed. Recruiting a section leader would be wonderful, but there are many other roles that need filling and that may be more suitable for people who are not currently involved – so be realistic about the person’s availability, capacity and inclination.

Serve Should someone decide to become involved, they will need to follow the

appointment process (including for membership of Scout Active Support). They will need to fill in an Adult Application (AA) Form, undergo a CRB check and, normally, meet with members of the Appointments Advisory Committee. Criminal Record Checks last for five years and are valid within the same Scouting country. Having example AA Forms with you might persuade some parents to fill them out.

more info More information on the adult appointment process can be found at appointment. More information on recruitment can be found at



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Tap into parents’ talents and skills to fill the different roles at camp – not everyone will want to get their hands dirty!


nce you have people involved, or even before you ask them, you need to have roles for them. There are several tasks parents can do – far more than setting up tents and running activities. The key is to find one that uses their talents to the full. Who do you know who could fulfil these roles?

Preparation roles Camp treasurer Do you know a parent who is a banker, accountant or financier? For those who don’t fancy the idea of running after errant Cubs in the middle of the night, camp treasurer could be just their thing. The treasurer is important both before and after the event: a camp needs expenses paid, money collected and banked, and insurance

covered. But they are also needed during an event – running the camp bank, for example.

Camp first aider Do you know an adult who has a First Response certificate? Your Big Adventure requires the help of first aiders to assist with the safety of people and first aid incidents, and to be on call to deal with any health issues. First aiders are a vital part of the team before, during and after the event. Preparation work, for example, includes making sure first aid equipment is available and that all young people provide details of any medication they are taking. First aiders play an active role in keeping everyone safe, but should be encouraged to be involved in other areas of the camp so they benefit from the whole event.



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ACTIVITY The Shopping Game

tive ‘First aiders play an ac role in keeping everyone safe, but should be d encouraged to be involve p m ca in other areas of the e so they benefit from th whole event’

There may be occasions when one or more groups of young people need some extra entertainment. As a leader, you probably have a few easy games up your sleeve for this sort of situation, but a new adult helping as a Six supervisor is likely to need ideas. This game can easily be run with no extra equipment and very little preparation. Split the young people into teams of about five. Within each team, every person has to be a different type of shop. Every team should include: • hardware store • post office • greengrocers/food store • stationery shop • clothes shop. If you have more people, add in more shop types. Read out a passage describing someone’s shopping trip. Every time an object is mentioned, the person who represents the shop that item would be bought from has to race to a fixed point and back again. For example, if the word ‘jumper’ is read out, all of the people representing clothes shops run the race. The team that returns first gets a point. If ‘shopping basket’ is read out, the whole team has to run. This is an example paragraph – it can be made as long or as short as necessary: It was Saturday morning and, as Mrs Jones was eating her cereal for breakfast, she remembered she needed to buy a stamp for a letter to her sister. So she put on her coat, picked up her shopping basket and left to go into town. On the way out, she noticed the gate needed to be fixed with some nails, so used her pen to add these to her shopping list.


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EVENT ROLES Camp cook It’s all too easy to stick parents on the cooking rota, which means they are stuck in the mess tent and don’t see the activities. Organisers of your event need to make this option appealing: parents might not always feel like cooking, but, as part of a team on camp, preparing food can be a lot of fun. Arranging a rota so people do other activities as well as cooking will help. Encourage teamwork, so no one person has the total expectations of a hungry group of people on their shoulders.

Cooking for 50!

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2. Mi x the dry flour, salt and pepper together and rub the pieces of meat in the dry flour and place in a pa n. 3. Put in the vegetables and on ions. 4. Add water and gravy gra nu les to ba rely cover. 5. Sim mer for two hours over the fire.



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Activities organiser A big part of your adventure will be organising fun, creative activities for young people. Finding adults who are interested in running activities or supervising a group of young people can be a challenge, but many people have the energy and enthusiasm. Who do you know who fits the bill?

Six or Patrol supervisor

The official 2010 Big Adventure… Gets Cooking Badge will be available to purchase in the new year from shop for £1

During the event, it can be a good idea to team up an adult with each Six or Patrol. Not only will the young people get a chance to bond with that adult and benefit from some direct contact, the adult will be able to experience most of the things the young people get up to and see how much they get out of the event. If you have an adult who really wants to spend time with the young people, this could be the role for them.

Cereal hoop bird-feede rs

Th is is a good activity to run at the beg inn ing of the camp. The bird-feeders can be hu ng up in a qu iet place near the camping are a. Du ring the qu iet tim es, the young people and ad ults can go to watch the dif ferent types of birds that com e and feed. Ingred ients 3. When the str ing is • Break fast cereal ho ful l, ops tie the free end to the tw ig to ma ke a loop Equipment sha pe that can be hu ng • Scissors in a tree. • Str ing 4. Allow plenty of ex • Lengths of str ing or tra ga rden cereal as the young pe tw ine (about 30c m wo ople rks love eating it. well, but cou ld be lon ger) 5. Check for any allerg • Small pieces of tw ig ies, especially nuts. Tip: Th is progra mm Method e can be adapted to ma ke Time: 10-20 mi nutes it more challenging 1. Tie one end of the str for ing old er Scouts. Sea rch to a piece of tw ig. Progra mmes On line 2. Th read the break fas t (w /po cereal on to the str ing l) or for progra mme nu mb tw ine. The tw ig stops er it 473: Green Bird-feeders fal ling off the other en d! for a dif ferent versio n.



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How responsible are they for their own child?

our aim is to recruit adults into suitable roles, so you will need to put some effort into making sure they get what they expect out of their experience.

This can be a tricky subject to broach, but, for the event to work, everyone needs to have the same understanding of what’s going on and who is in charge. Parents need to understand they are there to help with the whole event, not just their own child, and that the leader in charge of the event has responsibility for everyone there.

Getting to know people One of the main reasons to invite parents along is to help them get to know people in Scouting. Building relationships with adults and young people should mean they will want to stay. However, the simple task of trying to learn lots of names in a new situation can be daunting for many people. Running a ‘getting to know you’ activity can help. For example, get everyone to make a fun name badge to wear on camp or create a Patrol flag based around the camp theme.

How does camp work?

Support with their role Building relationships with adults and young people will mean that both are more likely to stay in the Movement

When giving someone new a task to carry out, remember what comes naturally to you may not be so easy for them. They may need extra support or instructions for carrying out tasks –

What are the camp rules? What should be worn on camp? Are there things you ‘always do’ that you may need to explain to someone new? It is important to set expectations before the event, so people don’t feel uncomfortable when they arrive. You don’t want to overload them with information, but answers to key questions – such as what kit and clothing to bring – will put people at ease.


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‘When giving someone new a task to carry out, remember what comes naturally to you may not be so easy for them’

‘It is a good idea, if possible, to have someone on your event whose role is purely to look after the new adults on the team’ for example, where to find bits of equipment. If you are working alongside them to complete something, make sure you are working as equals and that they can get some satisfaction from ‘owning’ the task.

Social space Camps and residential events can be quite intense experiences. Make sure there is some adult-only social time, perhaps after the young people have

gone to bed, when everyone can relax and wind down. After all, most people continue to volunteer in Scouting because they are having fun. Use this opportunity to get to know each other, to talk about Scouting in an informal way and to find out more about what would motivate them to help.

Food for thought There is lots to think about during your event. You are probably wondering how you can fit it all in, as well as run things and look after the Scouts. It is a good idea, if possible, to have someone at your event whose role is purely to look after the new adults on the team. This should be a different person to the event leader and, ideally, someone experienced with whom the new adults might work as a volunteer in the future.



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them gradually more involved and interested in helping out more frequently.

Inviting them back

Saying thank you

Keeping in touch

Don’t forget to say thank you to everyone who helped out. The more personal the thank you, the more meaningful it will be. Why not: • ask the young people to make a thank you card or gift? • order thank you cards from the Scout Information Centre? Giving helpers a small gift to take away makes them feel appreciated, but will also serve as a reminder of the great time they had. When saying thank you, ask people whether they had a good time and what it was they particularly enjoyed. If anyone offers further help, make sure you are enthusiastic and have an answer to give them – for example, details of other camps or activities they could attend.

After the event, make sure you keep in touch with everyone who helped out. Let them know what is happening in the Group or section. Build on that relationship and the sense of belonging that was created during the camp. You may have a Group newsletter or email communication they could be included in, or social events they can be invited to. Again, the more personal the communication, the more meaningful it will be. If you have a regular communication for parents anyway, why not add a personalised note for those who have helped out, highlighting anything they would be particularly interested in. If you hold social events for your leadership team, consider inviting along those parents who were part of the leadership team at your event. This would be a gentle way of getting

‘The more personal the thank you, the more meaningful it will be’


You may be lucky and get some parents who offer to volunteer straight away at the end of camp. However, it is more likely people will want to go away and think about it. Inviting them back again shows you are serious about wanting them to volunteer and can be quite flattering. Ways of doing this include: • an invite to another weekend event • inviting all parents who helped back for a specific evening • asking people to help with something specific, based on the interests you found out about on your event • giving someone a chance to have a taster of being a regular volunteer, eg by helping out every other week • asking them to fulfil a role.

Stay flexible and positive There are far more ways of being helpful in Scouting than just becoming a uniformed section leader and it is unlikely you will get people making the leap from no involvement to full involvement. Most people will start off on a rota and gradually take on more commitment if they are interested.

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Your next summer camp in Scoutcentre Kruithuis Delft, Holland! This former gunpowder house (17th c.) near Amsterdam is now a well equipped accommodation and camp site. It’s perfect for all scouting activities and has superb connections to all major attractions.


BEAUDESERT PARK 124 acres of parkland adjoining Cannock Chase Country Park, Staffordshire. Camping for 1000 people, 37 different woodland sites. Modern toilet facilities with hot water and free showers. 6 accommodation buildings catering from 12 to 24, fully equipped and heated. Activities include Hiking, Archery, Climbing Wall, Orienteering, Pioneering, Rafting, Low Ropes, Abseiling, Zip Wire, Crate stacking, Tree Climbing, Jacobs Ladder, Go Karts, Indoor Games Room, Crafts. Many nearby offsite attractions. Ideal for D of E Expeditions.

1st Response Courses Dates for 2010: Sunday 24th January 2010 Sunday 14th March 2010 Sunday 19th September 2010 Sunday 28th September 2010 Cost £16.00 to include tuition, practice, course book, certificate and light refreshments throughout the day. Spring Bank Holiday week & Summer Camps (first two weeks of the summer holidays) On these three weeks we will be putting on a programme of evening entertainment at no extra charge to campers.

GUIDE CENTENARY CELEBRATION CAMP This will take place over the August Bank Holiday 27th – 30th August 2010

For full details of all these events please see our website Email | Telephone 01543 682278 | Fax 01543 682623

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Bears Wood Campsite 20 acres of ancient gladed woodland Map reference TQ369622 Located in Croydon CR0 9HJ Easy access to London HQ building Showers, bunk, accomodation

Contact 0208 657 2642

Chigwell Row 141 Lambourne Road IG7 6EN • 56 Acres of Essex countryside with easy access to London • Three self catering holiday homes; equipped/ unequipped campsites; flush toliets, showers. Available Long/Short stay.

• Day or eveing visits/activity events




GUIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE 7 acres of camping area set in 47 acres of woodland near Watford Herts.

Activities include: Climbing, Archery, Crate Climbing, Air Rifle Shooting, Maze, Assault Course & Orienteering

Accomodation blocks sleeping 28 & 22 people.

For further details please contact: Sue & Dave McIntosh at Walton Firs Activity Centre, Convent Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1HB

Activities include climbing, archery,shooting, assault course, orienteering, nature trail.

Contact S.Leach 01923 233281

01932 863243 YORKSHIRE

• On site activities include Climbing, Abseiling, Crate Challenge, Archery, Pedal Karts, Trampolines, Splash Pool

‘Runways End’ Scout Activity Centre 020 8500 2450

SOUTH Burton upon Trent

Needwood Forest Scout Campsite Centrally heated, fully equipped, 28 bed building, plus 2 acres woodland & 2 acres field. Central to Peak District National Park. Cannock Chase, Alton Towers, Waterworld, Drayton Manor Park, Snowdome and Twycross Zoo.

For full details telephone Brian Reeves 01283 546536 Email


BUTCHERS COPPICE  BOURNEMOUTH 7½ acre campsite close to Bournemouth, Poole, the New Forest, the Isle of Purbeck and Brownsea Island with easy access via public transport. Two fully equipped self contained indoor centres available all year round with facilities for the

Camping Pack holidays, brick building with showers/disabled facilities, on-site activities, climbing/abseiling, shooting, archery, cave experience, camping circle, chapel, canoeing on canal nearby, Scout shop, pedal carts. ‘EXTRA FIVE ACRES OF CAMPING, CAN FACILITATE GROUPS FROM 200-300 PERSONS. Also a new Modular Building (online soon)available (sleeps 30-40 people)’ Many local attractions. Contact: Mrs Ann Hall Blackwater Valley, Booking Secretary 19, Guildford Road West, Farnborough, Hants GU14 6PS Tel: (01252) 515767 Email:

disabled. NEW FREE HOT WATER SHOWER/TOILET BLOCK. Activities include abseiling, air rifle


shooting, archery, bouldering, climbing, orienteering, pioneering, teambuilding activities, trampolines, agility trail, junior adventure playground and

Canal Boat Scouting Holidays

a fully equipped games room.

01202 574747

To advertise here, please contact September Withers on september.withers or 020 8962 2952

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Willow Wren, Rugby Wharf, Consul Rd, Rugby, CV21 1PB Phone 01788 562183 narrowboats@ Hire one or more of our purpose-built 12 berth boats from our RUGBY base in the Heart of England. All tuition given free or RYA Helmsman courses are available from Willow Wren Training Full RYA certification available

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WALES Riding/trekking/camping


in the wild mountains of wales. Beautiful back to basics campsite, with tree-lined, clear-water stream. Exhilarating riding on kind responsive horses. Join in grooming and tacking up, demonstrations and advice always given. W.T.R.A. Approved. A.A.L.A. Registered. W.T.B. Accredited. Est over 50 years.

Campsite + bunkhouses. Hot and cold showers and toilets. Scouts welcome.

Looking for a base to explore Snowdonia? Look no further!

GRANGE TREKKING, Capel-y-ffin, Abergavenny, Mon, NP7 7NP Wales 01873 890 215 Tel: 01690 720276

Visit ‘The Old School Lodge’ - Deiniolen Four miles from Llanberis and the foot of Snowdon this Scout owned and managed lodge is suitable for all ages. The centre can accommodate up to 38 people in 8 en-suite bunk rooms and 2 twin bedded rooms. Resident warden. For details on prices and a booking form visit out site: or contact the booking secretary on 0151 677 5703


Yr Hafod The Scout Mountaineering Centre In the heart of Snowdonia



Fordell Firs

Bring on the Challenge Fordell Firs is situated in Fife on the outskirts of Dunfermline. We have 2 large chalets that can accommodate 36 and 18 people as well as a 48 acre camping area. We offer a wide range of activities including: Abseiling, climbing, zip line, caving, low ropes, adventure play area, challenge course, mountain bikes, soft play area, archery, circus skills, nature trail, orienteering, wet weather games, pedal go-carts, bungee trampoline, Jacobs ladder and more!

Address: Fordell Firs National Activity Centre, Hillend, Dunfermline KY11 7HQ Telephone/fax: 01383 412704


Scotland’s Highland Perthshire


Indoor accommodation for 30 Large, level camping areas Modern toilets & showers Dishwashing & drying rooms Facilities for the disabled 20+ onsite activities Ideal base for D 0f E Training White Water Rafting etc available offsite

Check out our website or call 01887 866231


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