Re: Recruiting Boy Scouts
Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 25 Oct 1996 11:08:59 MDT
Steve Clifton wrote:
>many problems and were never close to receiving Quality District,
>usually due to finance,until this year. We have always done an
>excellent job recruiting, but not this year. I want this quality
>district for all of the work that all of our volunteers have done not
>my DE of his boss.
Go for it, Steve!
The Quality District Award is much like the Quality Unit Award. It is
not a guarantee that everything is the highest quality possible; it
means that all the pieces are in place to provide that quality program.
**The purpose of meeting membership goals is not to have the numbers
for numbers sake, but to bring more boys into Scouting, so they can
reap the benefits of one of the best youth programs in the world.**
The past two years our district (Thompson-Poudre District, Longs Peak
Council) has achieved Quality District, but only after a lot of hard
work by the DE and the Commissioner staff to get our Cub Scout
We found that the numbers were out there in the Packs, but for one
reason or another registrations for these boys did not make it to the
council office so they could be officially counted. The commissioner
staff did unit inventories in October or November to find scouts that
were not registered. Our DE got current rosters from the council, and
the commissioners called the units to compare the official roster with
what the pack or troop roster. If the unit had boys listed on their
roster that did not show up on the council roster, they were instructed
to fill out new registrations ASAP and get them in.
Also for Cub Packs that did not hold a School Night for Scouting, or
who did not get good results on the one they did hold; they were
encouraged by the commissioners and the DE to hold one in October or
November. This was very successful in most cases.
Steve, for your problem of being short of boy scouts, you might want to
canvass the packs to see which troops their Webelos dens joined, then
check with the troops to verify that they did join and are registered
with the troop. Another possibility would be to reach boys that were
never in Cub Scouts or who had dropped out at some point by contacts
with schools, churches, etc.
P.S. to Steve,
I'm also a Wood Badge Eagle, NC-155, and proud of it. I hope you make
your Quality District goal!
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
Asst. District Commissioner
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