Re: Recruiting leaders
Bruce Ward (Bruce.Ward@SMTPGWY.AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU)
Thu, 11 May 1995 10:15:54 EST
I read Tony Flury's posting with interest, and our Scout Group has
been asking similar questions. How do we get more leaders, and how do
we get parents involved?
I should mention here that we are organised a bit different here to
BSA, with a 'Group' consisting of Joey Scouts, Cubs, Scouts and
Venturer sections. We have a group leader to coordinate things, and a
support committee to raise funds, recruit leaders etc.
Problem is few parents participate in the committee, so the
recruitment etc. falls back on the uniformed leaders.
I run the Scout Troop on my own, the only assistant is a police
officer and can only get there about one week in three. I really need
to recruit two leaders, including one female (we have 5 girls in out
Troop of 18).
I agree with Tony, that general pleading for help will fall on deaf
ears, both within the group and in the community. What we have to do
is identify the sort of person we want, then go out and find them,
with a direct approach. I like the idea of home interviews for new
members, or members going-up. I will look at putting this into place
for my Troop.
In answer to Tony's question about getting parents to meetings, I have
had some success by putting on a show or some skits with the kids. Get
the parents in, then add a little meeting for the parents after.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City