good ideas needed - rep 4 workable ideas - gr8 ideas so far

Found 11th Jan 2009
my son is in the scouts and they are trying 2 raise funds for a once in a lifetime trip to canada for 2 weeks,
any hduk'ers out there with any fundreaising ideas,please
thanks

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car washing is good at this time of the year they get really dirty

Boot/Jumble sale...that sort of thing

Odd jobs for the elderly/infirm, hegde cutting, gardening, housework? Canadian theme night, sell tickets and have a raffle with prizes donated from local shops?
Best of luck to him.

X.

sponsored walks and shaven heads in a local pub good luck x x x

Packing customers bags at the supermarket seems to be a real moneyspinner. You probably just have to get permission from the manager first!

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thanx sum gr8 ideas, he likes the car washing 1,
will try them all weve dun a bootsale didnt do very well in this weather will try a indoor jumble thou
thanx keep the ideas cuming - rep 4 all :prop:

games night followed by disco parents vary competitive, raffle tickets normally go down well get onto company to donate something (or parents donate presents they received for crimbo that they dont want) for prizes we have done this before

we do a race night if done right you can make loads of money

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thanx have added rep to all
keep the ideas flowing :thumbsup:

Ask if their school would be interested in making a donation in return for a visit by the local scouts to discuss with the children all the scouts do, like an assembly.

Waxing night with Maple syrup

You may get a bit of money from family members for sponsored events but a good jumble sale with stuff from all the scouts and their families could make a good chunk of change.

You could even send the scouts round to peoples houses asking if they have any old junk that they wish to donate to the sale by printing up a few flyers for them to hand out.

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Hmmmm. Bob a job type suggestions are not really original!!! (That's bread and butter for Scouts isn't it?)

How about the parents do some fun stuff on sponsorship.... like a parachute or Bungee jump? (Or whatever else might frighten the life out of you!!):w00t:

wouldsay sell hot drinks as its freezing but that would be hard to do.

could always go and knock on doors and ask, people are always willing to give a little or sell some type ffood door to door etc.

Ow and definatly the helping at shops doing the packing, always people doing that at my local wilkos.

good luck

I don't know if it would work but it's something you would have to discuss with the leaders or Group Scout leader.. but how about getting the scout group to pay for it (on paper) and the parents make a "donation" for the trip.. being a charity the scout group would be able to claim back the tax on any donations (gift aid) making something like 22% of your trip paid for by the goverment.

downside is you are making a donation and you can't force a parent to make a donation and of course some parents don't pay tax.. but its something to think about.. I don't even know if it is possible

Soap Box car race?

http://images.hotrod.com/eventcoverage/hrdp_0801_soap_01_z+soap_box_racers.jpg

Always seeing that on American TV when they charge say £10 to build and enter with a prize of a cheap BMX bike or something. Make a day of it and sell hotdogs and sandwiches and cheap pop to make a bit of extra money. Could even have a jumble sale there as well.

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guv;4025055

Hmmmm. Bob a job type suggestions are not really original!!! (That's … Hmmmm. Bob a job type suggestions are not really original!!! (That's bread and butter for Scouts isn't it?)How about the parents do some fun stuff on sponsorship.... like a parachute or Bungee jump? (Or whatever else might frighten the life out of you!!):w00t:



wow fab idea

I've been trying to think of things that we did when I was in beavers/cubs/scouts.

One thing that I can remember going well was the car boot sale. Just meant the Scout Leader and a few scouts would be at the stall selling whatever had been donated by scouts parents/relatives/neighbours/anybody! A simple leaflet through doors explaining what the money is being raised for, and a collection date to retrieve any items, or simply the leaflet to then post to another address at a different part of town.

Car washes, garden clean ups etc will raise bits and bobs, but car boot sales made a big profit last year according to some newspaper articles I read.

The idea of bag packing at a local supermarket is also a good one. You just need to contac the store manager, again explaining what the money is being raised for. Mention that you will be in touch with the photographer of a local newspaper, as any publicity with local groups/charities is always good for them (and when the photographer is there, mention to him/her that if anyone would lie to make a donation for the trip, they can contact you or whoever would deal with the finances).

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Captain Hook;4025088

I don't know if it would work but it's something you would have to … I don't know if it would work but it's something you would have to discuss with the leaders or Group Scout leader.. but how about getting the scout group to pay for it (on paper) and the parents make a "donation" for the trip.. being a charity the scout group would be able to claim back the tax on any donations (gift aid) making something like 22% of your trip paid for by the goverment.downside is you are making a donation and you can't force a parent to make a donation and of course some parents don't pay tax.. but its something to think about.. I don't even know if it is possible



yeah parents are doing this woteva the total ammount is from fundraising then parents have to pay the reat so need as much fundraising as poss

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Ungreat;4025092

Soap Box car race?Always seeing that on American TV when they charge say … Soap Box car race?Always seeing that on American TV when they charge say £10 to build and enter with a prize of a cheap BMX bike or something. Make a day of it and sell hotdogs and sandwiches and cheap pop to make a bit of extra money. Could even have a jumble sale there as well.



we love this idea, dont know were we would hold the race but will def look into this 1, thanx

My daughter dances and for her dance school we did that bag packing at local asda. We were 8 children with accompanying adults and for 2-3 hours one Sunday we raised £300 so it is a worthwhile thing hope it helps x

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Perpita;4025381

My daughter dances and for her dance school we did that bag packing at … My daughter dances and for her dance school we did that bag packing at local asda. We were 8 children with accompanying adults and for 2-3 hours one Sunday we raised £300 so it is a worthwhile thing hope it helps x



yeah we have a bag packing organised for next month at a large supermarket - fingers crossed we do well

Bag packing (as someone else suggested) is a great way to make quite a bit of money easily and you can ask the supermarket if you can offer car washing in the car park at the same time.

We've also held a reverse auction (to raise money for a hospital where a colleague was being treated) where you pay a certain amount to enter your 'bid' and the person who bids the lowest amount that no-one else has bid wins the item. Contact local stores and businesses - you'll be suprised at what they may donate (one electrical shop donated an LCD TV).

Local businesses or people like the book people will hold a sale on the premises and donate a percentage of the profits to your funds (we contacted a business selling photo canvas's and they donated 10% of sales which worked out at over £400).

Try contacting a big local business to see if you can sell cakes or clean cars in their car park (captive audience!)

Our latest fundraising event is a Mamma Mia night with the local cinema where we've hired out one screen (at a dicounted rate) and we're charging £10 each to come along to a 'sing-a-long-a Mamma Mia'. Everyone get's dressed up and we offer small refreshments.

More ideas here fundraising-ideas.org/DIY…tml

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MarnieMc;4025413

Bag packing (as someone else suggested) is a great way to make quite a … Bag packing (as someone else suggested) is a great way to make quite a bit of money easily and you can ask the supermarket if you can offer car washing in the car park at the same time.We've also held a reverse auction (to raise money for a hospital where a colleague was being treated) where you pay a certain amount to enter your 'bid' and the person who bids the lowest amount that no-one else has bid wins the item. Contact local stores and businesses - you'll be suprised at what they may donate (one electrical shop donated an LCD TV).Local businesses or people like the book people will hold a sale on the premises and donate a percentage of the profits to your funds (we contacted a business selling photo canvas's and they donated 10% of sales which worked out at over £400).Try contacting a big local business to see if you can sell cakes or clean cars in their car park (captive audience!)Our latest fundraising event is a Mamma Mia night with the local cinema where we've hired out one screen (at a dicounted rate) and we're charging £10 each to come along to a 'sing-a-long-a Mamma Mia'. Everyone get's dressed up and we offer small refreshments.More ideas here http://www.fundraising-ideas.org/DIY/index.html

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thanx like the idea of car washing like the first post suggesterd but like ur idea of doing it in a shop car park thanx rep given

How about a candle lit fish & chip evening, ..(£5 or £6 a head) served up by the scouts - you should get a chip shop to do you a deal on 20-30 meals followed up with a "Bargain Hunt" type Auction with each troop auctioning off a couple of items.. unwanted Chistmas presents.. or something they have picked up from a Charity shop.. I'm sure the parents would pay over the odds for something to see their little darlings win the Bargain Hunt Trophy

or the same but followed by a quiz night.. you could open it up to the public..

For fund raising at my son's scouts we have always found duck racing - sponsored by local businesses - is a great earner -
The usual quiz nights are also very popular along with bag packing sessions at local supermarkets
good luck

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GoDutchGo;4025603

For fund raising at my son's scouts we have always found duck racing - … For fund raising at my son's scouts we have always found duck racing - sponsored by local businesses - is a great earner - The usual quiz nights are also very popular along with bag packing sessions at local supermarkets good luck



duck racing?

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Captain Hook;4025481

How about a candle lit fish & chip evening, ..(£5 or £6 a head) served up … How about a candle lit fish & chip evening, ..(£5 or £6 a head) served up by the scouts - you should get a chip shop to do you a deal on 20-30 meals followed up with a "Bargain Hunt" type Auction with each troop auctioning off a couple of items.. unwanted Chistmas presents.. or something they have picked up from a Charity shop.. I'm sure the parents would pay over the odds for something to see their little darlings win the Bargain Hunt Trophyor the same but followed by a quiz night.. you could open it up to the public..



like the candle lite fish n chip idea
think we need sum unusual ideas - gud 1

bambu;4025646

duck racing?


Yes you get plastic duck as many as you can put numbers on them then sell the numbers - let them all go down a river - the 1st, 2nd 3rd ducks to reach a finishing line win prizes

thegreatbritishduckrace.co.uk/

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GoDutchGo;4025683

Yes you get plastic duck as many as you can put numbers on them then sell … Yes you get plastic duck as many as you can put numbers on them then sell the numbers - let them all go down a river - the 1st, 2nd 3rd ducks to reach a finishing line win prizes http://www.thegreatbritishduckrace.co.uk/



thanx a really gud idea, rep added

GoDutchGo;4025683

Yes you get plastic duck as many as you can put numbers on them then sell … Yes you get plastic duck as many as you can put numbers on them then sell the numbers - let them all go down a river - the 1st, 2nd 3rd ducks to reach a finishing line win prizes http://www.thegreatbritishduckrace.co.uk/



This is considered a form of gambling and you will need a license to run it, also you will need consent from the local water authority to use the water way.. and the ducks themselves cost about £1 each (and there will be a lot that manage to escape) and what are you going to do with £100 worrth of ducks after the race? cost of the ducks and the cost of the prize means there's going to be very little return except for a cupboard full of rubber ducks
You should also consider public liability insurance in case anyone falls in.. in this day and age they are bound to sue.. might also be worth checking that out for the car wash too

Have a photo session.. one of the parents must have a decent camera, take portraits of each scout in full uniform.. photbox will do a good sized picture for 36p charge parent/grandparents etc £1.50 a picture .. huge profit and you can let the parents see the pictures on a laptop so no one can pinch them from a website

too much time on my hands

Bob a Job was started in 1949 - that bob would now be worth £3.63

Bag packing at a local supermarket.

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Captain Hook;4026149

This is considered a form of gambling and you will need a license to run … This is considered a form of gambling and you will need a license to run it, also you will need consent from the local water authority to use the water way.. and the ducks themselves cost about £1 each (and there will be a lot that manage to escape) and what are you going to do with £100 worrth of ducks after the race? cost of the ducks and the cost of the prize means there's going to be very little return except for a cupboard full of rubber ducksYou should also consider public liability insurance in case anyone falls in.. in this day and age they are bound to sue.. might also be worth checking that out for the car wash too



good point, maybe not duck race then

Cake sale

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Captain Hook;4026337

Have a photo session.. one of the parents must have a decent camera, take … Have a photo session.. one of the parents must have a decent camera, take portraits of each scout in full uniform.. photbox will do a good sized picture for 36p charge parent/grandparents etc £1.50 a picture .. huge profit and you can let the parents see the pictures on a laptop so no one can pinch them from a website



yeah thats a gud idea - little money spent too

Captain Hook;4026149

This is considered a form of gambling and you will need a license to run … This is considered a form of gambling and you will need a license to run it, also you will need consent from the local water authority to use the water way.. and the ducks themselves cost about £1 each (and there will be a lot that manage to escape) and what are you going to do with £100 worrth of ducks after the race? cost of the ducks and the cost of the prize means there's going to be very little return except for a cupboard full of rubber ducksYou should also consider public liability insurance in case anyone falls in.. in this day and age they are bound to sue.. might also be worth checking that out for the car wash too


As far as I'm aware it is not classed as gambling and you do not need a license - scouts are a registered charity - Consent is always granted to us without question- You do not need liability insurance unless it is on private land. The ducks do cost money but after the initial out lay you have a real money earner for years to come... an investment and you can get them much cheaper than £1 each. (Check with the area scout association they may already have ducks)

GoDutchGo;4028896

As far as I'm aware it is not classed as gambling and you do not need a … As far as I'm aware it is not classed as gambling and you do not need a license - scouts are a registered charity - Consent is always granted to us without question- You do not need liability insurance unless it is on private land. The ducks do cost money but after the initial out lay you have a real money earner for years to come... an investment and you can get them much cheaper than £1 each. (Check with the area scout association they may already have ducks)



Betting on your duck winning isn't gambling? Okay, the correct term is "a lottery" - but you're right about not needing a licence. Here’s a small snippet taken from the "gambling Commission"

Small society lotteries - these are where the proceeds (ticket sales) in a single lottery are £20,000 or less and £250,000 or less in all lotteries in the same calendar year. They are exempt from holding an operating licence but must be registered with their local authority;
These lotteries must only be run in support of good causes, such as charity fundraising and cannot be run for private or commercial gain
.


I think you might have a job explaining how sending your son/daughter to Canada with the proceeds isn't private gain.. a bit of a grey area - but as Scout Groups and Leaders get a lot of bad press they should be seen as being squeaky clean (I can just read the headlines now "10th Yourtown Scout Group involved in Illegal Lottery Scam)

The OP was asking for advice on making money this year so buying ducks as an investment for the future isn't a good idea in this case. It is just a lot of paper work and running around for a one off event to raise not very much money. (even if they lucky enough to have a river running through public land in their town)
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