Cub Leader Recruiting Ideas
Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 12:43:51 CST
I am attending a meeting next week with the Cub Scout Recruiting
Chairperson to brainstorm for this years District Cub recruiting program.
One of our approaches is give the Packs ideas how to recruit Pack Leaders.
One problem I see with Packs during fall recruiting is many are
apprehensive to increase the size of their pack because of the difficulty
to get more leaders for the additional Scouts.
I want to take away that apprehension by giving the Pack leaders more
How-To-Recruit-Leaders ideas and give them confidence to get more leaders.
So I am asking for YOUR FAVORITE ADULT RECRUITING IDEAS that that have
worked for you. I have a couple myself and I will pass them on as well.
One method that has worked very well for us is recruit co-leaders. I
approach a parent and ask ""if I get one other person to share the
responsibility, will you co-lead?"". Most of the time the answer is yes.
Once I get that one person, then I approach the other parents with "" I
already have a parent who will co-lead if you will co-lead?"" This gets the
person who thinks they may get in above their head but feel comfortable
drowning with another person. Typically what happens is one person is more
assertive than the other and they became the leader with the other
This other method is by far the best method but requires long range
planning. After we recruit our Tigers we try to put them into groups of
about six. We don't bother the parents other than checking on them and
making sure they are doing OK. Usually by January we have a feel for who
would be a good leader. We approach those people and explain that we need a
person to lead the Tigers the last two months of the year and this also
will give you an idea how you feel about leading a Den of Wolves next year.
At the end of the year, we ask that person to lead the Den. It's not always
that easy but we have never gone into our Fall recruiting looking for Wolf
Leaders. I like to start with small Wolf Dens so that we can add boys
because we know we will get more Wolves. This method works very well but it
takes some planning.
I thinks it is a great idea to post them to everyone because we can all use
these ideas but send me one as well if you don't mind so I can take these
to the meeting next week.
Thanks for all your help and information. Have a great summer.
"Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City