It's Recruiting Time
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 5 Sep 1996 08:52:11 -0600
I have an on-going Pack problem with recruiting. Last year in September,
our Bear group, which was quite large (10) for us, lost it's Den Leader.
At the September meeting we talked to the parents about a new leader. Not
one parent would help. A new family joined the Pack at that time. The Dad
was a leader "down below" and the office suggested he would be a fine
catch for us. At October's meeting there still was no leader, so this
Scouter said he'd take the group. When the committee realized that the
Bears weren't meeting, the CM tried to call this parent/Scouter. He
wouldn't return calls. We had heard from parents that a meeting place was
a problem. We called and left a couple suggestions. The committee then
asked a local merchant whom we knew to be interested in kids if he would
help this group. Without parental support he declined. The Bears were
I got a call from one of the Mom's yesterday. Her now 1st year Webelo is
still interested in Scouts. She can't help. She's a pilot. When doing
presentations at school, the teacher whose foster son is interested, asked
me again if we'll have a group. He can't help - he's with kids all day.
What can we do to help these boys? I've heard one other boy is still
1. We did not do presentations in the 4th grade classes. We lost 2
presenters at the last minute. We did use posters and Flyers that went
home. My suspicion is that we'll recruit our old Bears with parents who
won't help also. Roundup is tonite. If we have no new 1st year Webelos
tonite, should I actively recruit again on our school's regular Back to
2. My only suggestion to the pilot mom is that, if we cannot recruit
a leader for these boys, she approach the 2nd year Webelos Den Leaders.
That group now appears to be 4 boys. How feasible is this? Pros - he'll
have a group. Being a Lone Scout wouldn't be much fun. We had one boy
try it and he eventually dropped. Also, our 2nd year Webelos have yet to
earn any activity pins that I'm aware of. Cons - ??
3. When is the Pack's responsibility done with recruiting?
4. How does the group feel about recruiting a Scouter/leader from
outside the parent group? We are rural, therefore don't have an apparent
surplus of Scouts/Scouters around. How would you do that? An ad in the
paper would surely create YPP problems.
Jan Mussler, Bear DL, Pack 170, Nederland, CO
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council
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