With the launch of the ‘million hands’ initiative, the UK’s scouts and guides are always seen helping and supporting those who need it in their communities. It’s important to remember that the groups themselves need just as much support and funding, and here are a few ideas for fundraising for your Scout or Guide troop.

Bag packing at a local supermarket – do you have an army of energetic scouts or guides at your disposal? If so, get in touch with a local supermarket and arrange to spend the day helping to pack groceries at the checkout in return for donations to your club.

Tuck shop – sell a selection of healthy snacks and drinks at your meetings and put the profits towards the club funding. This is a great way to get the group members involved in fundraising as they can be responsible for running the shop.

Sponsored challenges – your group could undertake any number of challenges to raise funds. You could get sponsored for a run, a swim, a sponsored silence or even a read-a-thon.

Rent a scout – whether it’s to clear a garden of weeds, wash a car or two, walk a dog, or carry some bags back from the shops, scouts and guides are always useful to have around. Break up into twos and rent your time to the local community for errands and other usefulness.

Box car racing – a fun day out for everyone. Challenge your scouts to construct box carts and have a downhill race. You can charge entry and maybe even allow the parents to wager on the winning cart to raise even more.

Looking for more general ideas for fundraising? You can find them on the Main Fundraising page.