To help cover the cost of Witan, here are some ideas and suggestions for both Clubs and Indie Members.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
Hopefully this list has given you some ideas but for more suggestions follow these helpful links.
Fundraising ideas from Scouting
Fundraising ideas from Guiding
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