Keith Wood (kwood@CJNETWORKS.COM)
Tue, 12 Aug 1997 09:14:46 -0500
Mark, you have the core of good recruiting. We do the same types of
things, inviting the Webelos to a meeting. We hand out an invitation at
Roundtable to the Webelos leaders, indicating two different dates that tehy
are welcome to attend. (We will take them on other dates.) Knowing when
they are coming, we plan a meeting that is typical but with lots of fun and
a skill activity in which the Webelos can participate. We ask parents to
come also. We take the parents out to another room in the church after the
opening and leave the Webelos to interact and participate in a boy run
troop. After talking with the parents to explain our program, we bring the
boys in and do a shorter overview as their attention span is shorter. Then
we show slides of some of our camping trips and high adventure trips. That
really gets their attention.
Second, last year, instead of inviting the WEbelos to join us for a
campout, we invited them to visit us during the day at a weekend campout,
again with parents if possible, den leaders for sure. We don't include the
over night so that the pressure is not on the parents. They see us camping
as patrols, eat lunch with us, participate in some activities, etc. We
also invite them to come out and look around the fall camporee and see
other troops too.
End result, last year we were overwhelmed with Webelos wanting to join us.
WE now have 90 on the roster which is really too many.
TRoop 59, Lawrence, KS
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City