Recruiting scouts into a troop .... HELP !!!!!!
Roland Harding (rcthard@NETLINK.CO.NZ)
Wed, 24 Jul 1996 10:41:55 +1200
Good, got your attention, thanks.
I have a big problem and I only have 5 months left to solve it or I am
forced to close us down as we will no longer a viable scout group. I hope
members of the list are able to help.
In New Zealand we have Scout Groups. These groups usually consist of a cub
pack and scout troop. The cubs flow up into the scout troop which helps the
scout troop to maintain it numbers. However, if like us a scout group does
not have a cub pack, one must rely on recruiting from outside the movement.
And to top it off there are a lot of scout groups within our area so
competition is heavy. We are also within an extremely affluent area of town
and the kids have a lot of commitments such as music, sport etc and most
also go to private schools and therefore that also takes up a lot of their time.
The scout troop has 8 boys aged between 12 and 15 (Scouts go from 10 and a
half to 15 in New Zealand). I have just started a Venturer Unit in the Group
(Venturers go from 15 to 18 years old) so that the boys leaving the scout
troop have somewhere to move on up to. But that still does not help my
problem of getting younger members (10 and a half to 13) into the troop to
keep up the numbers and to also prove a younger base. The program is very
good with heaps of camps and activities so I am not worried about that. Our
problem is making ourselves known to that market of 10 and a half to 13 year
We have put posters up in local schools and MacDonalds and are about to
commence a 4 page newletter drop to over 3000 homes in our local area. I
hope that this will help not only boost our numbers but to hopefully
establish a cub pack as well.
Any other ideas of getting a cub pack started or a great way to reach our
target market of kids would be greatfully recieved.
Our last line seems to be this newsletter.
Thanking you in advance my fellow scouts,
Merivale Scout Troop - http://www.netlink.co.nz/~rcthard/merivale.html
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City