Re: School Night For Scouting
Ray Callaway (ric@ATLANTA.DG.COM)
Thu, 6 Jul 1995 10:44:26 -0600
I have just come off of about 2.5 years actively working with my son's Cub
Pack. Although SNFS was the saviour of our pack the first year (and that's
another story), we have had better luck with other things.
1. For us, school registration day is critical. SNFS is just too late. By
the time it rolls around, the boys are already tied up with other activities.
I staffed a table and got boys/parents names and addresses. This let us do
2. Having something to give the boys peaks their interest. I had managed to
get a number of comp. copies of Boy's Life last year. Gave these to the boys
as they came through and signed up.
3. Because our school year starts in August, this last year we combined our
final summertime activity with an organizational meeting. We had a pool party
at a local club where a pack member has free use of facility. Only cost was
the lifeguard and cookout food. Lead in on this was two-fold. First we had
the PTA's class roster. We invited Kindergarten boys and first graders not
already Tiger Cubs. Then we also invited boys at the registration day (Wed)
to come to the outing (following Sunday, just before school starts). The guys
had a great time swimming and it gave the parents a chance to talk up the
program to new folks. We got some leaders signed up that day as a result.
4. Although the DE supposedly goes around to the schools for "pep talks",
can't say as how that helped either year I worked the program.
5. We did hold a SNFS the second year to make sure we caught as many guys as
possible. It really helped that we were able to have some displays of our
pack trip to the USS Yorktown the past year. This fall they will add to that
display pictures of NASA Spaceflight Center (Huntsville) from this years
6. Get your leaders signed up the previous Spring/Summer. The first year I did
SNFS, I had to play the "If you want Scouting, we need Leaders" game. That is
7. If you don't have an active Pack Committee, then get one going. It is a
life saver. It's amazing how getting a number of folks helping inspires them
to coerce (I mean encourage) other parents to join them in the fun.
Ray Callaway | The opinion expressed above is
ASM, Troop 534 | personal and does not represent
Atlanta Area Council | the views of my employer, Data
| General Corporation.
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