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Earning your way to Jamboree

Earning your way to Jamboree

Going to the World Scout Jamboree is a life-changing experience, it's one of the things you do in Scouts/Venturers that you will remember for the rest of your life. For most of you, it isn't going to be easy to fundraise $7,500 to get you there. It's about 500 hours of work at the local supermarket or 26 days doings sausages sizzles outside the hardware store. Start fundraising now with these ideas and by the times it's 2019, you'll nearly be there.

Chances are you will be encouraging all your Scout mates to join you on this epic adventure, so why not share the load. It’s a lot easier to save the money if you are supporting each other, setting and reaching goals and swapping ideas.

Take a look at some fo the ideas below. Make sure you comment if you have some other ideas that could work.

Grants and Sponsorships

Grants and sponsorships could be one of the easiest ways to fundraise for the World Jamboree.


There is an online database of Grant providers at Generosity New Zealand, you may need to visit your local library to gain access to the list that is available in your area. Make sure that you filter your searches for those who provide funding to participants at overseas events. Alternatively, get in contact with your local Rotary or Lions Clubs. If you need help writing your application, see if your parents can help or your Venturer Leader.


Crowdfunding is another easy way to get money from Friends and Family with ease. Just sign up for a page at Give a Little. Or why not write a letter to the local store and see if they will partially sponsor you to attend.


Sausage Sizzles

You can't beat a good old sausage sizzle for a fundraiser, you'll easily be able to earn $150-400 a day. Just get in touch with the local Mitre10, Bunnings, The Warehouse or Supermarket. Most places will even supply the BBQ and some will even donate the sausages, if they don't some butchers will do it for free too.

Chocolates or Lollies

Interworld Fundraising (no relationships with Scouts New Zealand) has a large variety of options for things you can sell which have a profit of 20-40%.


Really like home baking? Buy some ingredients from the supermarket and make some fudge, lamingtons, muesli bars, and sell them for a few dollars each or packets. Sell them to your friends, family, or convince your parents or caregivers to take them into work with them to sell.

Odd Jobs

Put out an advert on your local community Facebook page, Neighbourly, newspaper or even on the community noticeboard at the supermarket. There's bound to be someone out there who needs help to tidy up the garage, mow the lawns, clean up the gardens or paint the house or fence.

Movie Night

Get in contact with the cinemas or contact your Group Leader to book out the Scout Den for the night. Play the latest movie, sell some popcorn, fizzy drinks, lollies and fruit to earn some extra money while you have a captured audience.

Quiz Night

Either ask your Group Leader if you can book the Scout Den for the night and organise it yourself, or ask your parents to get in touch with the pub or bar and they might be able to arrange the whole thing for you.

Make a Recipe Book

Steal your mum or dad's favourite recipes, take a look online or ask your friends and put them in a book to sell to your friends or family.

Car Wash

Find somewhere on a busy street like the hardware store and ask if you can use their water to offer car washing to people who drive by. You'll easily get $5-10 a car!

Chop and Sell Firewood

Hit up the guy down the road who has a whole lot of surplus wood, ask around to see who's handing with the chainsaw and sell firewood by the trailer load.

Make a Calendar

Are you creative at all? Make a local Scout Calendar with some of the photos from your Unit, Group, Zone or Region. See if someone in your family will let you use the work colour printer, laminator, and binder to get them made and sell them to friends or family.

Moster Raffle

Visit some of the local shops around the community and see if they will contribute and items to a raffle. Then start selling tickets to your friends, family, teachers or colleagues of your family members.

Sell Christmas trees

Know someone who has a pine forest? They always plant too many initially, see if you can chop some of them down and start selling them as a fundraiser just before Christmas.

Car boot or Garage Sale

Organise a car boot sale at the carpark or paddock down the road, run it every month and charge $10 per car to come along. Or have a clean out our your place and have a garage sale, I'm sure your parents have stuff lying around that they don't need anymore.

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