Blog | Scout moguls and money spinners
From quirky fundraising ideas to exciting business ventures, Scouts and volunteers have no shortage of talent, determination and entrepreneurial skills...
The creative leader
Dawn Carter, Scout Leader at 1st Bishop’s Stortford, came up with a fantastic idea to bring out her Scouts’ business acumen. She explains: ‘I loaned 39 young people in my Group £1 each and asked them to turn it into more money. Over eight weeks they made an amazing £1,300 for Grove Cottage, the local Mencap centre. I wanted to give them a bit of a challenge and bring out their creativity. Some of them bought baking ingredients and made cakes to sell. Others clubbed together to buy cleaning products and washed cars.’
The film whizz
Young Leader Jamie entered a competition run by his local council, and won £5,000 to invest in a film production company he runs with his friend. After creating a business model and pitching his business idea to a group of local business minds, the council agreed to give him the funding he needed to invest in equipment for his company. He’s just been contracted on a year-long project to mark his local primary school’s 150th anniversary. Jamie says: ‘I attend college at the same time as running my business. I hope to study film production at university.’
Brynja, an Explorer Scout from St Andrews, raised funds for the Movember Foundation in memory of her grandfather who died from prostate cancer. Being unable to grow a moustache herself for the charity event, she came up with the brilliant idea of baking ‘tash-on-a-stick’ cookies to raise money. She says: ‘The last three years have been difficult with my grandfather’s illness, but going to Scouts gave me a focus. Being a Scout has also developed me and given me the confidence to take my ‘tash-on- a-stick’ cookie idea forward. Find out more at facebook.com/tashonastick and uk.movember.com/mospace/5636641.
Jess, 17, is a Young Leader at 1st Chesham Beavers. She baked cakes to raise money for the 2011 Scout Jamboree in Sweden and now runs her own cake-making business, Iced and Sliced. She says: ‘My business is mostly through Facebook and word of mouth – I’ve had a lot of support from people in Scouting. I love being creative and my favourite cake was decorated as a campsite – it was birthday cake for my mum’s friend who’s a Cub Leader.’
The world cyclist
Assistant Scout Leader Reece Gledhill, 23, has set out on a massive challenge – cycling across the globe. He’ll be on the road for 10 months, raising money for The Scout Association and children’s charity UNICEF. Reece says: ‘The hardest thing is going to be eating enough food. I’ve got high metabolism anyway but I’m going to need 6–7,000 calories a day!’ Reece’s trip is solo but people are welcome to join him for parts of the ride. Find out more at worldwidecycle.org and facebook. com/worldwidecycle.
The bike expert
Conor, 15, an Explorer Scout from Braintree, has run his own business for two years. His business fixing and selling bikes started as a small service to friends and family; it has now developed into a successful venture that thrives on word of mouth recommendations. In two years he has turned over £2,000. His skills have also proved useful for Thorrington Scout Camp, where he built trailers to transport tools around the site.
The app developer
Michael, 15, an Explorer Scout with Dorking Roundabout Roosters, created the ‘Scout Forms’ app to make life easier for Scout leaders and raise funds for a Scout trip to Finland. Michael says: ‘My mum is a District Commissioner and was always talking about the forms she had to work with. That started my idea for an app with Scout forms.’ You can get the app for Android devices, including Kindle Fire and Fire Phone.
Cub Scout Dylan, 8, has been a keen supporter of the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity since he was three years old. He’s written a recipe book to raise funds for the charity and raised £1,000. Through his achievements he’s been crowned ‘The First Young Ambassador for Crowdfunding in the UK’. Dylan’s other fundraising endeavours include holding a tea party, taking on a five-mile bike ride and his new enterprise – ‘SuperCandylicious’ – which involves selling candy floss and sweets.
Caspar, 9, created and sold balloon animals, flowers and swords to raise money for the Ebola crisis appeal. Caspar, who attends 12th Darlington, learnt the art of balloon modelling when he was in hospital after contracting MRSA. His mum gave him a balloon modelling kit to pass almost two weeks on the ward. Caspar says: ‘I thought maybe I could do balloon modeling to help the Ebola crisis and that it would be a good deed.’