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Fundraising is high on the agenda for many Scout Groups, with the need to raise cash for camps, activities and HQ upkeep. It can be a challenge to find exciting new ways to fundraise, so get inspired and read about savvy Scouts with ideas far beyond the collection box.

Dinosaur Dash

Denmead Scout Group’s annual Dinosaur Derby (pictured above) has been going strong for over 20 years. Last year, over 2,000 people came to enjoy the famed races, where painted wooden dinosaurs are pulled by ropes along a 100-metre course. Local businesses sponsored the event, which also featured traditional stalls and sideshows – and it raised a grand total of £5,000 for Scouting.

Memorabilia hire

Doctor Who devotee and Assistant Scout Leader Tom Nichols charges sci-fi fans to stay at his house, which is filled with a huge collection of memorabilia including Daleks and replica costumes. He also hires out his own Tardis to weddings and cosplay events, raising funds for Third Upton Scout Group.

Quirky fundraising blog Dr Who

Penny mile

17th Reigate (St Joseph’s) raised a mile of pennies to build a new Scout HQ. Asked to collect 250kg worth of coins, the young people searched for change behind sofas or exchanged notes at the bank. They narrowly missed out on the world record for laying the fastest mile of coins but their collected cash raised £1,000.

Quirky fundraising blog penny mile

Dog show

Cub Leader Jess Sullivan came up with a paw-fect way to raise money for her trip to the World Scout Moot in Canada. She held a dog show in Stourport  - with categories ranging from the waggiest tail to the best-dressed dog, there was something for every competitive canine.

Duck race

Some people would say they’re 'quackers' but 1st Grundisburgh Scout Group’s annual duck race raised an impressive £3,000 last year. Visitors buy their favourite plastic duck – and while encouraging it over the finishing line, enjoy duck-themed activities including a tombola and cake sale.

Quirky fundraising blog duck race

End-to-end cycle

Cyclist and triathlete Chris Maudsley rode a recumbent trike all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Ingleborough Scouts HQ. Travelling at a pace of 14 miles an hour, he took 12 days to cover the distance and stayed with Scout leaders along the way.

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Music festival

Joanne Parker, an Assistant Scout Leader from Swindon, organised ‘Scoutstock’ a mini music festival with local bands. Raising money through entrance fees, food and drink, the Group promoted local musical talent and got support from local music venues.

Download our poster to display at your HQ and inspire your Group to fundraise. Have your Group tried any unusual ways to raise money? Let us know at scouting.magazine@scouts.org.uk.

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