Re: Recruiting Parents (fwd)
John Van Blarcom (jvanblar@SEAMIS1.GSFC.NASA.GOV)
Fri, 8 Nov 1996 14:47:33 -0500
Hello Patrick et al:
I have been Wolf Den leader and Cubmaster for about six months now. What
works for me is a big sign-up sheet. We have 29 boys in the pack. I
found two volunteers for Xmas party, one for B&G and one for Pinewood
Derby at the last pack meeting using this method. I know personal contact
works best, but if a sign-up sheet works, I go with it. I need to recruit
for even bigger jobs this year as my CC will resign along with the
secretary at cross-over to boy scouts.
Anther suggestion on recruiting help is to understand the motivations of
volunteers and maybe play them up. Since money is out of the question for
us, motivations include the opportunity to make a contribution to a
worthwhile project (especially one they feel deeply about), a chance to
learn a new skill (organization, conducting meetings, public speaking,
leadership), a chance to work with others who will affirm them (support,
friendship), a real challenge or need, a chance assist the Pack to remain
viable, and a chance to build character. It pays to repeat the purpose of
Scouting often and your vision as leader in it.
I too am having a difficult time of maintaining order in my Den and Pack
meetings as Alicia does. I don't know if the boys are diagnosed ADD or if
they are just rambunctious. If you have suggestions or materials specific
to leading and controlling den and packs with ADD type behavior, I would
like to get them. How loud is your group allowed to get? Quiet as mice,
a dull roar, raised voices, chaos, den yell? I sense the attitude of the
cubs that this isn't school, I'm here to have fun and let loose a little.
I'm at the point of asking the parents to stay for the den meetings, to
keep them under control.
John Van Blarcom
CM, DL Pack 1776
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City