Re: Recruiting leaders for new unit
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Wed, 8 Oct 1997 22:36:27 -0500
Dan Warlick asked:
>How can I get the word to the majority of the housing residents if the
>housing director's policy bans door-to-door flier distribution and there is
>no central gathering point for all 3 housing areas?
*Campus Newspaper. While the housing director doesn't allow door-to-door
fliers, he or she *has* to have a way to provide for the campus paper to be
*The doorway of the HOUSING OFFICE....everyone comes to pay their bill at
least monthly, right?? That's a good place to hang one of those "Join Our
Pack/Troop" signs. You'll also get some additional adult leadership from
campus organizations/individuals/employees as well as perhaps some campus
groups. Also, *it looks good* for those parents coming to bring their sons
or daughters to school and finding at the CAMPUS HOUSING office that
"hey...they have SCOUTS here....can't be a bad place!!!!"
*The "central place where everyone congregate" (at Eastern Kentucky, it was
called "The Grill" and it was part of the Powell Services Building.
Everyone comes by "The Grill", to get something to eat or drink, to meet
friends, to go to classes in the basement, to vote on campus officers, and
to just "go to the Grill". A couple of signs there would help.
*A *banner* alongside part of the main street leading to the campus housing
project....a homemade banner, made from a white sheet could be the
Pack/Troop's first "pride project". That banner could be as simple as
announcing "there's something worthwhile about belongin' to (name of
project or housing...ours was called "Brockton" after C.M. Brock, one of the
financial leaders of the university)".
>There are no real radio stations in the immediate valley.
Your campus has a NPR (National Public Radio) station affialite. Use them.
You'll be surprised at the results. It also has a campus radio station, and
there's ALWAYS some college student(s) that are looking for a project to do
a commerical or series on for credit....."use your resources". Talk with
the broadcasting department on campus. Yeah, Scouts isn't as "glamorous" as
"city hall", but the experience is the same....and if they do a good job
(and IF YOU RECOGNIZE THEM PUBLICIALLY!!!), you may have gained a "internal
>The campus paper won't donate ad space, either.
Don't ask them to "donate ad space"....ask them instead to do a story.
Again, there's always some student that's looking for a story...and this is
a purdy good one!!!
Some things that they could use as "hooks" to get people to read the
article: Why don't you just "join one of the Scouts" off-campus?? What has
changed in Scouting (women in Scouting, electronic forums, badges,
uniforms)? What hasn't changed in Scouting (values, emphasis on family,
service to others)? The "hassle" in doing "normal things" like other
communities within a campus setting. Personalities in the organization of
the new unit.
>Our sponsoring organization, a Lion's club, only has a handful of >members
& no money to provide. One will serve as Unit Coordinator, >though.
How about them asking the Lions International organization to grant them a
one-time grant (it's available....ask the President of your Chapter to find
out how) to support the organization of this new unit. Part of that seed
money can be used to publicize the new unit in more traditional ways.
Stick in there, Dan....as you can probably read between the lines here, I
was in the organizing group to get a small Pack off the ground in the family
housing area on-campus....the Pack didn't survive because many of the
families with Cub-Scouting aged children moved off-campus to better housing
(a new housing development that took "Section 8" (is that right??)
applicants (which some married and single student parents could qualify for)
opened up and almost overnight, the campus had to convert a large section of
the family housing area to "older student housing" in order to keep the
The key is to "keep going" even when you think it's not going anywhere, and
to "use as many resources as you can find" on and off campus....
Hope this helps you out, Dan....let us all know how your're progressing!
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