Cub recruiting ideas
Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Thu, 11 Jul 1996 13:19:59 CST
You have the right idea. We have a school day, I think the same as
your school night. Set up the table so that it attracts some
attention. Pictures, posters, pinewood derbies, Cub Scout crafts,
slide show and so on. Have at least two leaders in uniform standing
there with big smiles. If you can, have a craft table next to where
the kids can make a small craft, or something. This year we are going
let the kids race Rain Gutter Regatta boats. Mean while back at the
display table you are talking to the parents. Have them sign in on a
sheet that ask for the: boys name, grade, address,phone number and
parents name. Tell them all you can about the Pack and ask questions.
Where you in Scouting? have you ever been a leader? and make sure they
know about School Night Cub Scout Roundup. Make a news letter that
tell next years activities and give that to them. Should have leaders
names and numbers.
Take the list and build your Dens. We have found that we pretty much
have our Dens made from the names on the list before School Night
Roundup . Yes it will change a little but not much. Also we have a
good idea of leaders and I start calling parents to volunteer for
leader before School Night. It is some much easier to put boys in Dens
who have leaders.
Roundup night. I run this night like a little Pack Meeting. The
Webelos do the Flag ceremony, two walk on skits, and a regular skit.
We bring the visiting boys up and sing a FUN song. Between the skits
and songs I tell the group who I am, what District we are in, where we
meet and what time, and I introduce the leaders. When I introduce
them, I tell the parents what else our leaders do. "Bob Smith is our
1st year Webelo Leader. Bob is a Lawyer for so and so". Eliminates
most excuses before they start. Don't get long winded or stuffy, keep
it fun with cheers, skits and songs. I can do all this in 20 minutes.
After that a leader escorts the boys out of the room to learn another
FUN song or learn the Cub Scout Promise. As the boys are leaving,
that's the cue to have your leaders organizing the Dens or create new
ones. If you planned well from your School Night list and you figured
out about where you will put the boys, then this last part will go
fast. If you didn't plan. Well the first time I did this, I called it
hell night. Now I have most of the work done before so I have a lot
fun and strive to make everyone else have fun.
I don't advise bringing the whole pack. It's hard enough keeping the
Webelos under control and you need to give your attention to the new
boys and their parents.
It all works. Our school has more Scouts per number of boys than any
other School in the District. That wasn't the goal, it just happens
when you have fun.
Oh and did I mention, have fun, have fun, have fun. Don't let it
became hell night.
You and your Cubs have a lot to look forward to. Good Luck
As of Last month a Former Cub Master and New Webelo Leader of the
"Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City