Re: Recruiting leaders
Ron W. Fox (RonWFox@AOL.COM)
Fri, 12 May 1995 13:51:51 -0400
1) Always recruit leaders face to face. Phone as last resort (as
it happens, that's how I was recruited). General requests for
volunteers usually doesn't work at all.
2) Get your current Den Leaders and other committee members to
help you narrow down the candidates first. As a Cubmaster, I don't
have nearly the contact with the youth and their parents that the Den
Leaders have. Once they suggest two or three names, get in front of
those people and ask them. You may want to have the Den Leaders
mention to them first that this is something the Pack is looking for so
that they aren't completely suprised and have time to get used to the
3) Do this in the spring for next fall's leaders if possible so that they
can get training BEFORE September's start.
4) Tell parents at school night that their son is not joining your Pack.
Their family is, son and parent together. Parents are expected to
either (a) register as leader, (b) run an activity such as a trip, Blue
and Gold, or fundraising, or (c) handle ancillary services such as
making phone calls when a message has to go out to all the parents.
Anyone not willing to do at least one of these cannot join. Yes, I've
been that blunt. Had someone walk out on me. Told remaining
parents I'd rather run a good program for 8 Scouts than a
below-average program for 25. Never had a problem since.
Some adjustments have to be made. My basic criteria is, "You
CAN'T help or you WON'T help." I'll take a Scout if a parent can't
help. I get real hardline with a parent who won't help. In practice,
the latter eliminate themselves. They just flat out don't want to get
involved in anything and run away from whatever smells like it might
be demanding. Parents who told me they can't help have always
later found the time to do so.
I know, the kid whose parents WON'T help probably needs the
program the most. But it's too hard to keep the program going
on the backs of the parents who do give their time. I have to
worry about their sons and their own morale when they look around
and see other parents slacking off. I have to keep these people or
we've got no Pack at all. It's a triage decision.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City