Re: Cub Scout Recruitment
Dave Loseke (davidlos@MDHOST.CSE.TEK.COM)
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 09:34:32 PDT
I am the Cubmaster for Peter's pack, have just transitioned to
that position this year (replacing Peter) so that Peter can
pursue other interest, like running our council's Powow/Potlach
I am sure Peter can share much about the reputation of the pack
as he has worked many years to grow it. My job is to make sure
we keep it.
As far as recruitment we did two new things this year that I feel
contributed to our sucess. First, we invited all of the last
year's kindergarten class to our last event of the summer. We
had a field day olympics and we formed a Tiger-to-be group of
these kids and parents and let them participate. We will probably
have 25 new tigers this year. We even had one of the Tiger-to-be dads
ask to be in the dunk tank (the dunk a den leader event!).
The second thing we did different was to go into the school a week
before the recruitment night and personally hand out our recruitment
flyers to the teachers in the classromm right before school started.
We followed up the next week on the morning of the recruitment with
paper wrist bands that had the time and place of the meeting printed
on them. We asked the teachers to place a wrist band on each boy
as he left. This way we knew the information would get home and not
get lost in the back pack until Friday evening.
We also made sure all the boys in the pack wore their uniforms to
school that day. Most of the teachers had one of our boys hand out
to wrist bands.
All in all a most sucessful recruitment!
> Now please share with us your secrets for recruiting and
> advertising your program because that's what got so many
> new Scouts into your program and that is what's grown your
> membership to over 100. My hunch, from your well planned
> program you posted, is that your secret recruiting tool is just
> word of mouth. An exciting, fun, and well planned program
> like yours grows without any other advertising. But if you are
> doing something special besides just providing a quality
> program I'd like to hear what it is.
> Peter Murphy
> CM, Pack 125, Crossroads of America Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City