Bill Warde (billw@OKWAY.OKSTATE.EDU)
Wed, 24 Jul 1996 09:07:03 -0500
A number of years ago when I was a graduate student at Iowa State
Unbiversity, we formed a brand new troop using the survey forms
provided by the DE. We had a list of all the boys then in the 5th.
grade and divided them among the committee that had been formed for
the troop. Every household was called and we invited the boys to
attend a troop meeting to be held the following week. My recollection
is that out of about 120 calls we had 5 boys show up. The second
week, we had 8, and within a couple of months we had 20 boys in the
I completely agree that the best recruiting is boy to boy, but we used
the approach we did because we started without any boys. Maybe you
can get a list of prospects and call them, and then persuede some of
your current scouts to approach those who seem interested (even though
there is a 2-5 year age gap.).
In another troop where I was the SM, we encountered great difficulty
in recruiting 10.5 to 12 year olds since the boys in the troop were
all 14-18. The younger 'prospects' were intimidated by the current
troop membership, and joined other units in town.
Good luck with enlarging your troop.
Will Rogers Council
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