Re: Recruiting Boy Scouts
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 11:07:19 PDT
>My district is in need of at least 50 more boy scouts by the end
>of the year.
I thought we are doing this for the boys, not them for us.
>We held our annual Invitation to Adventure and got all of
>5 new boys.
If you are a district, don't do the scoutmasters job. Do the jobs
the scoutmasters are not doing instead. Or, ask the scoutmasters
what they would like the district to do.
>Our DE got into most of the schools and at least handed out
Does this make sense? Our DE's did similar things. They waste
their time and go to our school and recruit. Why? We have
a good relationship to the school, the school distributes our
fliers and puts our posters up. All the official help does is
creating confusion. Parents fill out questionnaries which
two weeks later will be given to me by the DE's. Half those
parents have forgotten that they filled out a questionnaire
and half have already been signed up by my pack before
I knew of the questionnaire.
I am not against recruiting by the district or the professionals;
In fact, I see a few places where their recruiting efforts would
be very usefull:
1) They should look at what the units are doing to
uncover things units are doing wrong or forgetting. They can
give good ideas to unit leaders.
2) They should map out the areas where units are
recruiting. With all likelyhood the units are not perfectly
coordinated and leave some blank areas. Thats where the
DE's should guide their efforts: Don't get me an extra boy
for my pack, but create a new pack for the school which
we are "forgetting".
3) They could do some math and figure the percentage
of scouts compared to total available youth on a per school
basis instead of only in huge per district or per council
numbers. Such numbers are probably much easier to collect
in a small sample, and, they'd be more usefull. I think such
numbers on a per school basis might be an eye opener for
some unit leaders...
Answering the original question on what to do to recruit: Do
what units can't do: make big scouting shows. When there
is a city event, find a unit to represent scouting. Get an article
into the city newsletter... Find interesting and usefull service
activities and present the ideas to the LEADERS.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City