Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Wed, 22 Nov 1995 13:56:24 CST
Peter, the same problem applies to many Scouting activities. We do the usual
promotion at Roundtables, etc. and the mailing to those who are registered.
We tried recruting den chiefs for cub day camp by sending mailings to CM and
SM with little response. Many picked up handouts at roundtable, but still
very little response. Then, the cub day camp director took the initiative
to visit troop meetings and invite applications. Surprise, a lot of scouts
wanted to be den chiefs for day camp but didn't know how. I think there were
quite a few red faced leaders who "forgot" to distribute apps, etc.
My best solution to getting attendance at PowWows, training, etc. is to visit
a pack meeting (with advance notice to CM) and get a couple of minutes to
tell everyone in attendance of the opportunities available. When I did this
several years and a couple of councils ago, we almost doubled our attendance
at PowWows. People can't attend what they don't know about.
We also tried doing a mailing to everyone who submitted an adult application
at the fall school night for cub scouting. We intercepted these before they
were sent on to council office. The problem usually came when a unit held
the apps rather than register the adults for the remaining two months of the
charter year! But, attending the pack meeting got around this problem.
An essential is to have a handout (registration form) when you tell the person
about the event. The old "call the council office for a form" gets few
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City