Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Thu, 25 Jul 1996 09:31:11 CST
Hi gang. This year I was asked to do the recruiting/Scout Night
training for our district because of our past success.
The first 15 to 20 minutes of our recruiting/Scout Night is run like a
Pack meeting. The Webelos perform the flag ceremony, then the CM
explains the Cub Program and the Pack program with interruptions of a
fun song, two walk-on skits and a regular skit. We have fun.
The CM tells the boys about last years program of camping, BB gun
shooting, dressing like Nights of the Round Table and a lot more. Then
he tells them the fun stuff we have planned this year.
We introduce all our leaders and tell their day time Job. We have
Doctors, lawyers, teachers and so on. People are less likely to say "I
don't have time" when they see other peoples schedules.
We explain that this is a family run Pack and every family is expected
to help. This is why we have so much fun. Leave out the "baby sitters
of America" stuff.
The boys are hooked because they had a lot of fun. The parents are
hooked because it looks so easy.
I don't think you can set a hard fast rule how to get new leaders
because every group is different. You deal with each group the best
you can. If you don't get them that night, get them the next week.
One way I find leaders quickly is to ask for co-leaders because of the
two deep leadership requirement. People aren't so reluctant when they
know someone else is there with them (That's how they got me). I can
usually find one parent. Once you get one the other is easy.
Most Packs in our district dread recruiting/Scout Night but our
Webelos and leaders look forward to because we have a lot of fun.
Good Luck and best in Scouting.
Webelo Leader "Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City