Organising an ARRSE Crawl, Top Tips

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By not so popular demand, a quick and easy guide to all the budding Crawl planners out there:

First of all know the difference between an organised Crawl and a Semi-impromutu P!ss Up.

An organised Crawl will have:

* At least one sober organiser
* A Theme or Reason
* A programme
* An understanding and regard for PerSec
* Entertainment value for ALL

Recipe, in no particular order...

1) Adopt a cause. ARRSE crawls are great money making schemes. The GPR seems to be the sites unofficial charity of choice right now, but if you are organising the Crawl then you can incorporate your cause into the financial side. Be up front and say how much is going where and why.

2) Decide on a suitable location, this should be within easy reach of the whole of the country, i.e. a mainline station city or town with a good selection of pubs, clubs, and accommodation.

3) Take a poll of a selection of dates. Avoid family committed dates, such as Easter weekend, also remember millionaires weekend, more people will attend an early month date then the second last weekend when skint!

4) Tell them what they can expect. Sell the ideas to them and explain the rules of play. That way no one gets to b itch about being in a dinner suit when everyone else is in Jeans and a Crawl T-shirt (Unless you REALLY dislike them, then fair game to you!).

5) Tour T-shirts. Tour T-shirts can be a great money-maker, but a word of warning, get the cash up front! Being **** about paper work helps with this job!

6) Publish the details of meeting places and Crawl routes for all to see, PM a contact number to all attending should they turn up late or get lost.

7) PerSec and cameras: Agree on this well BEFORE the crawl and make sure EVERYONE is aware of the decision made. It's easier to have ONE digital camera that the organiser can pass around and a few disposable that they have returned to them at the end of the night (remember to cost these in the budget!!!) Individuals then have the option to remain totally anonymous and no "surprise" pictures appear anywhere to bite them on their ARRSE.

8 ) Games. Organising a few basic games, one per pub, will help break the ice early on, and encourage people to mingle through out the night. Winners are Peg, and Chat-up Lines... Well maybe not Chat-up Lines, it got the Christmas 2004 Crawlers barred en masse from the first pub they hit! But it was bloody good fun!

So there you have it, a few basics to organising an ARRSE Crawl.

Thanks to the un-named ARRSER for the input... it saved me having to write it!
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