Kelly Parker (kelly_parker@MESAQM.SPS.MOT.COM)
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 12:49:41 -0700
(This bounced back, so please excuse if it prints twice.)
Barry Runnels wrote to the list asking for suggestions regarding
District Membership Committees.As chair for my district over the past
few years, I'd like to add what I've done--and a lot of what I wish I
had time to do. I'm not a good delegator (sounds like one of those
animals related to the snipe) and so my first advice is to round up all
the help you can and get them set onto a specific action item.
Some things we've done: Map out your district, including all the
elementary and junior high schools by district. Add in parochial
schools and other major sources for recruiting. Then lay in the Packs
and Troops, with their meeting places. Match up your schools and your
units--is every school somehow covered? Do you have units recruiting at
three or more schools? Are there big empty spots, or spots where there
are troops and no pack or vice-versa? Share this map with all your
Cistrict Commissioners. It will tell you where you need to target to
build the availability of Scouting to all boys in the area.
Second, prepare a troop guide. Survey all troops as to who they are,
where and when they meet, how many, where they camp, what they do, and
who they serve. Ask about how they get new Scouts, and when they take in
Webelos. Put this all in a booklet, with names and phone numbers. Give
your DE about 50 copies, each pack and troop a copy, and your
commissioners a copy. Doing this has an excellent side benefit--you
will know which troops need help in membership.
Third, Cub Roundup should be expanded to include troops. Too often
troops begin to depend solely on Cubs for membership, and do not ask the
boys to bring friends to troop meetings, or actively recruit in their
own charter org. or school. Push to get troops to look for 11-13 year
olds who have never been Scouts, or dropped out of Cubs due to soccer or
Next, get someone to canvass potential charter organizations. Find
eho wants Scouting-but just assumes someone else is doing it. Many
organizations do not understand that Scouting is a program for them to
use in serving youth. They think it is a free-standing group that just
uses your building. Teach them different.
'Nuff said for starters. Membership is our lifeblood, as we can't do
all this fun stuff without the boys.
CM, Pack 43, T-Bird District
Grand Canyon Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City