UWA Scouts Research Project

Engaging Scouts Leaders

Scouts Branches across Australia have partnered up with a University of Western Australia research team to find ways to attract and retain more adult volunteers to deliver Scouts youth programs.

Why have you committed to staying with Scouts Australia is important to us and with this understanding we hope to improve the retention of greater numbers of our leaders…
Chris Bates, Chief Commissioner Scouts Australia (Chiefy)

As Scouts organisations across the country would know, developing effective recruitment, training and retention strategies is essential for non-profit organisations to deliver quality youth programs. Non-profit organisations such as Scouts often struggle to attract and retain a sufficient number of volunteers, resulting in wait lists of youth who would like to become Scouts. The key purpose of this partnership is to help Scouts find innovative solutions to attract and engage volunteers who are crucial for delivering its youth programs and vision.

Prof Marylène Gagné, Dr Patrick Dunlop, Dr Christine Soo, and Dr Djurre Holtrop from the UWA Business School and the School of Psychology, along with Prof John Cordery from Curtin University, will provide their expertise to improve recruitment and retention at Scouts for the next four years. Together with Scouts WA, Scouts SA, Scouts VIC and Scouts TAS, they have been awarded an impressive Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant to try new state-of-the-art recruitment, training and communications strategies to improve the engagement and retention of Scouts volunteers.