Recruiting in schools

Schools can be a brilliant places to recruit girls and young women who have never heard of us before

Building relationships with local schools can form a great foundation for recruiting in your area

Thanks to our work with local schools, we now have three new and thriving groups in the area with lots of exciting plans for the future. - Alison Miller, Development Worker

Making good connections with local schools can be a big help with recruitment as you can talk to lots of girls all in one place. Try these simple tips to connect with schools near you.

Make contact 

Write to schools and let them know about local guiding opportunities. Ask the headteacher if you could give a talk in assembly, or run a taster session.

For a really simple way to get started, use this template for an email or letter. It clearly explains why Girlguiding will be great for the pupils. And all you need to do is add your details and logo,  and send it in.

Include one of our leaflets for schools - either as an email attachment or a print out with your letter - and make even more impact.

Run a stall 

Investigate the possibility of a stall at a parents’ evening, school fete, or open day - then follow our guide on how to run it.

Get girls involved! Remember that helping with a recruitment event counts towards some badges and challenges.

Distribute and display

See if you can put up posters on notice-boards, give out postcards in the playground, or have postcards put in younger girls’ book bags.

Our section videos for Rainbows and Brownies can be used anywhere to show girls what guiding's all about, but they're great to play in primary schools.

It's the perfect way to get girls excited about joining - and we'll have videos for Guides and The Senior Section coming soon! 

Get in touch with your Country and Regional office if you'd like a version for offline use, like at an event where you won't have wifi.

Guiding in the holidays 

Ask schools if you can use their premises to run a Holiday guiding programme to give non-members a taste of guiding.

Want some extra support for recruiting in your local primary schools? Contact your County Commissioner, who can send you our 'Recruiting in primary schools toolkit' to give you lots of activities, inspiration and advice. It includes information on preparing your recruitment campaign, approaching primary schools, and ideas and activities to help give girls a taste of guiding.