To help cover the cost of Witan, here are some ideas and suggestions for both Clubs and Indie Members. Further down the page are links to Scout and Girlguiding fundraising pages as well as information about national grants that an be applied to.

Ideas for clubs:

Mini Fete or Christmas Market Stall

  • Make all the money at once by organising to sell goods at a local fete or Christmas market.
  • Create some unique gifts and food to sell or, 
  • Set-up interactive activities such as ‘stocks & sponge’ or a knot tying race where participants pay to have a go and come away with a prize if lucky.
  • A free to set-up option could be a jumble sale to make money from items you already own.

Cake Baking

  • Get cooking in the kitchen and create some SSAGO themed cakes and biscuits that you can sell at a cake sale.
  • Organise your own or ask to set up a stall at a local fete or university event.
  • Worth asking local Scout or Guide groups to let you use their hut to hold a cake sale.

Game Show Evening

  • Lots of TV game shows have their own board games or you could create your own version of shows such as ‘Pointless’ or ‘Countdown’.
  • Charge your friends and fellow students to play and win a prize.
  • DIY TV shows can be just as fun as board games and are cheaper to make!

Penny Games and Penny Mile

  • Relive the past and bring back the nostalgia of classic penny games, costing just a penny to play …
  • Designing the games may involve some DIY if wanting to keep set-up costs down.
  • Once all the money has been collected, laying the pennies down in a ‘mile’ is a great visual way to see how much has been raised.
  • Setting a target of a certain distance may encourage more generous donations to reach it.


  • Everyone loves to get competitive around a board game or video game.
  • Arrange a gaming evening and charge people entry to enjoy the classic board games or the newest video games.
  • If you’re able to supply the games yourselves this will make it cheaper.


  • If your club finds itself with more tents than people, then maybe renting some out to local scout/guide groups (or even members of the public) might be a way to generate some money from tents otherwise kept in storage.
  • Possibly harder to set-up, although a Facebook page might help attract people.
  • Could also offer to pitch the tents for them if you have to transport them.

Quiz Night

  • Organise a ‘pub-quiz’ style night with questions ranging from general knowledge and music to SSAGO themed rounds depending who your audience is.
  • Charge per team member and offer a prize in return for the winning team.
  • Could also run smaller games alongside the quiz for breaks between the rounds to earn a bit more money.

Ideas for Indies:

Christmas Cards

  • Design your own Christmas card sets, they could be linked to SSAGO or something else entirely as long as they are Christmassy!
  • Get them printed then sell them around your university or work place for a small price.
  • Proper planning of how many to produce can help ensure you don’t spend more than you will make selling.
  • Could also create present tags to sell with them.

Sell a day in a Calendar/Diary

  • Ask people to buy a day in a calendar for a £1.
  • This can be turned into a raffle where people can choose a day to buy for the chance to win a prize.
  • A bit like a ‘guess the name of the bear’ or ‘how many sweets in the jar’ type game.

Selling items at National Events or Local Scout & Guide Groups

  • If you’re creative and would like to take a break from studying, why not make something a bit different to sell at a rally or ball?
  • This could be woggles, friendship bracelets, keyrings etc. but with a SSAGO twist.
  • Charge a small price per item to cover the cost of making them and maybe postage if offering delivery too.
  • Putting items you create on Ebay could also increase sales and raise awareness.

Sponsored Events

  • Challenge yourself by going on a bike ride, long distance run or hike in a new place!
  • Ask people to sponsor you per mile that you complete or on completion of the whole challenge.
  • Pretty much any challenging activity can be turned into an opportunity for sponsorship.

Sponsored Fancy Dress Day & Competition

  • Go to uni or work in a fancy outfit and ask friends and family to sponsor you.
  • If attached to a Scout and Guide group you could arrange with the leaders for the section to have a non-uniform night or themed fancy dress night and charge £1 for the young people to dress-up.


Local Fundraising Oppurtunities

Aber Aber student union has a 'Tithe & Capitular Fund' which can be used to support international trips.
Bath Girlguiding Bath Division: Overseas Travel Grant and GG Grant to support members of BUGS SSAGO
Bath District Scout Exec often give out money for international trips such as WSJ - worth writting to!
Birmingham Friends of Girlguiding Birmingham
Cambridge Girlguiding Anglia International Bursary
Cardiff Scouts: Melvin Skidmore Memorial Fund?
De Montfort Leicestershire Scouts: Rudkin/Rutland Trust
Derby Peak Camps International Fund: Derbyshire Scouts & Girlguiding Derbyshire: International Trips Grant
Dundee Girlguiding Scotland International Fund
Durham Durham Scout County International Fund
Essex Girlguiding Anglia International Bursary
Exeter Ask Girlguiding Devon International Advisor
Glasgow Girlguiding Scotland International Fund
Hertfordshire Girlguiding Anglia International Bursary
Keele Staffordshire Scout County: Internaional Fund
Lancaster Lonsdale Scouts have finance & grants pages on their website but are leader's access only.
Leicester Leicestershire Scouts: Rudkin/Rutland Trust
Lincoln Girlguiding Anglia International Bursary
Loughborough Leicestershire Scouts: Rudkin/Rutland Trust
Newcastle Northumberland Scout Adventure Fund
Oxford Girlguiding Anglia International Bursary. Oxfordshire Scout County International Expedition Grant
Plymouth Ask Girlguiding Devon International Advisor
Portsmouth Hampshire Scout County Youth Activity/Expedition Grant
Reading Berkshire Scouts Roger King International Fund. Girlguiding Royal Berkshire International Grant (Group and Individual)
Sheffield Hallam Adventure Funding Sheffield
Solent Hampshire Scout County Youth Activity/Expedition Grant, Southampton City Scouts International Fund
Southampton Hampshire Scout County Youth Activity/Expedition Grant, Southampton City Scouts International Fund
Bristol Girlguiding Bristol and South Glos: International Travel Grant
Sheffield Adventure Funding Sheffield

Hopefully this list has given you some ideas but for more suggestions follow these helpful links.

Fundraising ideas from Scouting

Scout International Hardship Fund

Any member of Scouting (up to 25 yr) can apply if they meet the criteria below:

  • Total household income below £23,000 in London and £20,000 outside of London
  • In receipt of income support, income based job-seekers, employment or support allowance
  • Support under Part VI of Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • In receipt of child tax credit, working tax credit, universal credit
  • In receipt of housing benefit or disability allowance benefit
  • Guarantee of state pension credit

We will be applying as a whole group so if you think you may be eligible for this fund please email

There could also be local district of county funds you or your club could apply for so it's worth using local links.

Fundraising ideas from Guiding

Girlguiding International Funds

  • Most local divisions and counties could have their own international fund that you could apply for if you have links to local Girlguiding.
  • For example, Girlguiding Anglia has forms their members can fill out to apply which can be found on their website
  • It is recommenced to apply to these funds at least three months in advance of the trip.
  • For any further information contact us on or contact your local Girlguiding commissioner.

Disability Aid Trust

  • Provides support for the extra costs incurred on holidays abroad due to disability requirements.
  • Applicants must be supported by an organisation, doctor or social worker.
  • For more information visit their website

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