Recruiting War Story
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 12 Sep 1996 13:35:21 -0600
Thanks to all who posted me a note concerning Recruiting. You guys forgot
to tell me that I needed ALL the leadership there!
It was the week that nothing really went right. But I was so busy, I
didn't have time to dwell much on that. Round-up Night was no exception.
We learned early in the week that the First Grade Picnic planned to use
the cafeteria as back-up site should the weather turn. Turn it did!
Cold!! There must have been 100 people in the cafeteria when I got
I'd hoped to have 4 presenters in classrooms - 2 of us were available so
we hit the 1st and 2nd grade classes and skipped the others, having sent
flyers to all. Lucky me, when I got to school, they were in the middle of
a power outage! I did my second group out on the playground.
Nonetheless, we recruited 25 boys that night. I thought the follow-up
would be easier than the prep. Not the case.
1. Do you usually get calls later - oh didn't so&so sign-up last night.
They said they were. He wants to be with my son.
2. We had 6 new Bears sign up, a group we didn;t recruit. Two dads want
to lead it; a new Scout dad and now Bear dad. Bear dad now tells me his
son doesn't want to change dens. But he will still lead this other group,
with or without his son.
3. We "lost" the Scout (previous help posts) who wanted to change to my
den to be with his friend (also suspect den leader and boy conflict but
they all say it isn't so). I'm full and the new Bears appear to be a full
group. He's a very busy boy and that was part of the drop. What should I
do? Adding to that, one of my Moms would like to bring a boy from Boulder
to be in my group with her son (Boulder's 17 miles away - supposedly "no"
third grade dens there!) I'm still full.
4. The Webelos Round-up night decided to join forces and combine 4th and
5th graders. The 2 male leaders say they are mean and can handle it.
However, the orphaned 4th graders (last year no one would lead the group)
are beginning to come out of the woodwork, as are the "couldn't make up my
mind to continue" 5th graders. We stand, by my count, at 13.
Anyway, the aftermath is causing me sleepless nights. I have tentatively
planned a parents meeting before Pack for the new Wolves to split into 2
dens. (My youngest son's group). I hadn't planned on dealing with the
Bears. I had planned to turn over the list to the 2 new leaders and let
them organize parents to minimize their job.
Any thoughts on this soap opera? Is it always like this? I couldn't
avoid Roundup Night chaos,(I sure would have never planned anything like
that). What can I do now? At what point am I done with my recruitment
efforts and this goes to the CM?
Jan Mussler, Bear DL, Pack 170, Nederland, CO
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council
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