This year, add Rusty the fox to your Christmas badge collection! Take a look at five top tips to help Rusty the fox reach as many happy Scouts as possible this winter.

What are Christmas badges?

They are fun badges for you to share with friends and family. Rusty the fox is also a fantastic fundraising tool so if your group is looking for another fundraising channel, this is a great way to get your supporters involved.

You’ll get even more for your money this year as they are 3cm bigger than previous years. Each Rusty the fox badge will cost £1.50, and you can buy in bulk and sell them to your supporters for a slightly higher price to raise money for your Group – we would suggest selling them for £3

You can purchase your Christmas badges here.  

How can you make the most of Rusty the fox this year…

  1. TELL EVERYONE

    Tell your friends, family, Group leaders and other volunteers that your Group is selling brand new Christmas badges to raise money for your local Group. Phone, email, text and share online.

    If you are new to online fundraising, or want to check you are making the most of the internet, read our online fundraising tips article here.

  2. SHARE WITHIN YOUR PROMOTION OUR VISION

    As a wider movement, the Scouts are focusing efforts on reaching more young people in areas of deprivation to provide #SkillsForLife. This vision will run until 2023. Since launching in 2018, 834 new Scouts groups have been launched in areas of deprivation which is an incredible achievement. However, none of this would be possible without the amazing leaders who deliver an inspiring programme.

    If there is something specific that you Group can talk about, make sure to promote this across all platforms.

                                 
  3.  TELL EVERYONE WHY SCOUTING ROCKS, WHY YOU NEED TO CONTINUE AND WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TODAY

 A few key messages below…

  • Scouting bringing people together from across divided communities so young people are offered shared experiences. Meeting regularly with people from different backgrounds, religions, cultures and interests encourages mutual understanding and builds a strong foundation for life-long friendships.

  • Young people faces uncertainty and struggles from all angles, whether it is school exams, family issues, health problems, their first relationships or something else. Scouting teaches young people to develop values and self-belief to help themselves to become confident, active and caring citizens.

 

  • Scouting is key in areas lacking in community engagement. Young people are given the opportunities to improve their lives and those around them by taking positive social action in their local, national and international communities.

 

  • In an age of increased competition, Scouting develops #SkillsForLife. Young people can develop their character, practical and employability skills to carry with them into adulthood.

  1. ORGANISATION IS KEY: USE A FORM

Use the Scouts donation form to collect donation and contact details from your supporters. You can keep in touch with your supporters to give them updates such as:

  • Confirmation receipt of their payment and badge order
  • Estimated delivery time of their badges

A few weeks or months after the Christmas badge sale has ended, you can update your supporters about the impact of their donations. Social media is a great platform for this. However, please note that if you are sending any post, emails or direct contact to your supporters then you need to be mindful of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Supporters must agree to be contacted before you send anything to them.

 

  1. DON'T KEEP IT A SECRET

If you have received a large donation or some lovely comments from your supporters, don’t forget to share this with your Group and encourage them to shout about your success. People love good news stories, they help to drive momentum and put each other in the festive spirit.

Purchase your Christmas badges here.

 

If you have any further fundraising queries feel free to email us at [email protected]