On Friday September 14, the research team presented some preliminary findings at the Volunteering WA researcher conference. This was a special occasion because many volunteering researchers in WA came together and discussed the projects they were working on. We obviously discussed the research we’re doing with Scouts. We talked about CoPs (communities of practice; Christine Soo), training (Marylène Gagné), socialisation and induction (Jane Chong), and recruitment (Gina Chatellier and Djurre Holtrop) in Scouts. Our research seemed to resonate well with the audience.
For example, Christine showed that people at Scouts join CoPs for operational reasons, personal development, and to contribute to others. Furthermore, Djurre discussed how UWA helped create the LeaderBuild programme that’s now being deployed by Scouts Vic to recruit more Leaders of Youth. Attached are the slides from Christine and Djurre.