Re: PTC Schedule
Mark Ray (info@EAGLEBOOK.COM)
Thu, 9 Oct 1997 09:06:53 +0000
>Second question is that I have a small troop with a fairly good monthly
>program. The problem is that there are several troops in the area, and
>we are having a problem getting new boys to join. We have visited
>weboloes dens, boys tried inviting others from school, and the usual, but
>it is getting a little trying. BTW, the church that sponsors us "lets
>the troop be there." As the priest puts it, relayed to our COR, that he
>inherited us and takes away from the youth program at the church. Any
Maybe you need to have a recruiting month where a designated meeting is an
open house and that month's campout is open to visitors. Obviously make
sure both events are as fun as possible. Come up with prizes/recognitions
for recruiters. I know you said the boys tried inviting their friends, but
sometimes having a coordinated effort (and a deadline) works better.
As for your chartered organization problem, I think you need to meet with
your priest (and lay leaders) and explain the value of Scouting to the
church. Most youth groups focus on INREACH (serving current members).
Scouting, on the other hand, is an OUTREACH ministry of the church,
bringing non-church members into the building and onto the property.
If the troop is an active part of the church's program (participating in
Scout Sunday and other church events, doing service projects at the church,
etc.), the church will gain new members from the troop--and the troop will
gain new members from the church. I'm a COR and can point to families who
joined our church because they were in our troop first and others who
joined our troop because they were members of our church first.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City