Transitions and Recruiting
David F. Delman (71155.2447@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 10:13:39 EST
Great recruiting practices.
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Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 16:46:08 -0600
From: golden cliff <c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Transitions and Recruiting
> "Just because he wasn't a Cub, he can still be a Scout!" Do any of you
> go out and actively talk to and recruit sixth and seventh grade boys
> into your units?
Nearly half the new boys joining my troop are not from a Cub Pack. I
receive Webelos in the spring, their non Cub buddies join in the fall. We
have a full program going on during the summer so the new Scouts have
plenty to tell their friends about at school in the fall.
I have done boy talks and Scout nights for 6th and 7th grade boys in the
past. It usually does not bring in boys. New Scouts talking up what a
great time they're having will bring in their friends. Word of mouth is a
very powerful form of advertising.
One thing we're doing this weekend is attending a Latino dinner our church
is sponsoring for our growing local Latino population. I was requested to
be there. Many boys will not join unless made to feel welcome. I will be
at the dinner as well as my JASM-Membership. We will be introduced and
say a few words about Scouting including a welcome and an invitation to
join. I speak very little spanish, but will make an attempt to say
something in that language. I think they will appreciate the effort. In
addition to recruiting boys into our troop we will be talking about the
possibility of our church sponsoring a new Cub Pack.
There are a lot of boys out there that could be interested in Scouting,
but either don't understand what the program is, or have never been asked
to join. We have the power to change that.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City