Whilst you want to offer plenty of exciting activities and adventures to your group or region, we know it can be difficult to keep these accessible for everyone. Sometimes individuals and families just don’t have the budget available for trips abroad. But fundraising can help provide opportunities to travel that they may otherwise not have had!

So we’ve put together a list of money-making ideas to help you get started on your fundraising journey.

Check out our top 10 fundraising ideas for your next international adventure!


1. Bring & Buy Sales

bring and buy, car boot

Seen something in the shop you just had to buy… that’s currently hanging in your wardrobe, unworn with the tags still attached? Picked up a book you just had to read, that’s now sat untouched on your bookshelf? Or maybe you’ve just fallen out of love with those jeans and want to clear some space in your drawers.

Bring and buy sales are the perfect opportunity to find a new home for unwanted items and generate some cash along the way.


2. eBay Listings

If you’re lacking the space for a car boot style bring and buy sale, perhaps you could try listing the items on eBay? All you need is an account, a little time, good quality pictures and some packaging material to pop it in the post!


3. Bake Sales

Everyone likes a treat now and again, so bake sales often comes up when we chat with Scout and Guide groups about their fundraising efforts.

Why not try a theme to sweeten the deal? Perhaps an afternoon tea, mad hatters tea party or go around the world and explore the culinary delights or various countries. We’re thinking Madeleines and Macarons, churros con chocolate, Black Forest gateau…


4. Sponsorships

Crowdfunding or corporate sponsorships can be a great way to help boost your fundraising. Consider setting up a JustGiving page or contacting local businesses to donate time, products or money to your cause.


5. Bucket Collections & Bag Packing

Perhaps not the most exciting activities for fundraising, but bucket collections and bag packing in supermarkets are two of the most reliable and easy to arrange options to get started with. Many groups do these activities on an ongoing basis and bolster their fundraising efforts with exciting one-off events in between. After all, slow and steady wins the race!


6. Car Washing, Dog Walking & Other ‘Bob-a-Job’ Tasks

Again, not necessarily the most innovative, but certainly some of the more reliable fundraising options, washing cars and other ‘bob-a-job’ tasks can form part of your ongoing efforts.

Besides, mowing the lawn, dog walking and doing laundry will get your Scouts and Guides used to doing household chores – I’m sure their parents will thank you!


7. Hook-a-Duck & Raffles

Sometimes you have to spend money to make money, but a small budget can go a long way! Perhaps individuals can simply donate unwanted Christmas gifts? Or maybe everyone can contribute one item so you have a range of prizes to give away. Hook-a-duck and a good old raffle add a little excitement and provide a great way to raise some money.


8. Discos or Movie Nights

Scout huts, church halls and community venues can be perfect for a disco. Perhaps you can ask a local pub for free use of their function room as part of your fundraising? Create your playlists, dim the lights and get the party started!

If you’re after a quieter evening, you could always put on a movie night. Just choose your favourite film, pick up the popcorn and press play.


9. Quiz & Games Nights

If you have more of a competitive bunch, you could always host a quiz or games night. If you’ve already booked a tour with us, you should have received a ‘Fun File’ book which has a variety of quizzes to keep your group entertained.

If you’re yet to book a trip with us, there are hundreds of ready-made quizzes online, or if you have a little more time you could always create one and tailor it to your group!


10. Events for the Parents & Wider Community

It’s not just the kids that get to have fun! Why not get the parents, families and wider community involved to help hit those lofty fundraising targets? They could undertake their own challenges or you could host an evening of entertainment just for them!


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