Re: Recruiting/Scout Night
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Tue, 23 Jul 1996 11:28:00 PDT
Marie wrote that her district has School Night training every August.
This can be very helpful for those units that attend.
I'd suggest having the training every May like my district does.
The reason is we include all the planning and key events you have
to do leading up to August (flyers, posters, banners, recruit a
school night committee, schedule room and time for school night,
annual program planning conference).
I agree with my district's party line: recruiting happens BEFORE
school night. You have to get the word out to get a large
attendance in the first place. Once the boys show up for school
night - they've been recruited. You can sign them up. The
only thing left is to recruit their parents.
At my pack we did one thing different from the party line. August
school night is for the entire pack - not just the new boys. I thought
it easier to fit the new boys into dens if the existing dens and
leaders were there. Also, it gave everyone a chance to change
den membership from the year before if they wanted (very few
ever do). Plus, it's the assignment of the den leaders whose
dens were pretty well set going into school night to lead the games
for the boys in the gym during the parent talks. Also, it's not just
the new parents you want to sign up for positions - maybe some
of the old parents didn't do enough last year so here is the chance
for us to give the pitch to everyone at once.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City