Re: Recruiting leaders
Bruce Ward (Bruce.Ward@SMTPGWY.AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU)
Mon, 15 May 1995 10:07:55 EST
John Edwards - you may have got the home interview out of perspective,
or out of sequence. The way I have seen it used is to identify
potential recruits, not interrogate them.
The interview is for new youth recruits, and is the chance for the
leaders to discuss what Scouts is all about, set down what is expected
of the member, and answer any questions. It is also a great chance to
ask parents if they are prepared to help out, and discuss the various
ways this can be done.
Quite apart from that, the Australian process for becoming an adult
member of the movement (i.e. Leader) includes a formal interview at
which some of the basic policies, such as drinking, smoking and
uniform are discussed. I have conducted many of these over the past
two years, and try to arrange a place where the new recruit feels
comfortable. In many cases this is THEIR home. In others it is under a
tree behind the Scout Hall, but they must not feel threatened by the
interview. I haven't had anyone run away from the interview, but that
may be due to how it is approached.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City