Re: Recruiting Boy Scouts
David G. Hills (Adcdave@AOL.COM)
Thu, 24 Oct 1996 15:43:24 -0400
In a message dated 96-10-24 13:26:07 EDT, Steve Clifton wrote:
> I posted a request for help last week on this list. I was asking
>for help in recruiting at least 50 boy scouts. I received numerous replys
>accusing me of not being it for the boys and trying to get my DE promoted.
Lighten up people!
Membership committees don't just pull these numbers out of the air to get pay
raises and promotions for the paid scouters. They first get a number of
"total availabe youth" from some government agency, usually a school board
census. Past experience shows that a percentage of these will join the Boy
Scouts if they have the opportunity (The number varies from area to area.).
The total available youth number is multiplied by the percentage expected to
join, and we go after that many boys, or a little less. If we believe in
scouting, we should all try to make it available to every boy or girl who is
Maybe you would have been a little more helpful if Steve had said: "We have
fifty boys in the district who want to join Boy Scout Troops, but don't know
how or don't think that they can. How can we find them, and let them know
that they are wanted by the troops in our district?"
One more thing before I get off of my soap box. All of us Scouters,
professionals and voluteers alike, should be amatuer scouters in the true and
original sense of the word, which is people who love Scouting. Forget the
politics, we are in it for the boys and girls and their future.
Davd Hills, ADC, Greater Pittsburgh Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City