Re: Boy Scout Recruiting help and ideas
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 2 Dec 1997 19:22:21 -0600
I don't have the information in front of me, but our council has a
recruiting program aimed at Webelos called "Jumping in January". Someday
when I get the time I will put it up on our unit web page.
Basically "Jumping in January" works toward getting pack & troop leaders
together and have the den hold their meetings down the hall from the
troop. Each week they slowly become more and more involved with the
troop until they are finally ready to join. This is meant to "ease" them
into Scouting rather than the sudden jolt of joining which can be
intimidating to some boys.
As for boys joining Scouting for the first time, I receive probably half my
membership from boys with no previous Scouting background.
Mostly it's word of mouth, from boy to boy. If a Scout is having fun,
most likely his friends will hear about it and want to join too. That's
a pretty simple non-approach to recruiting, but it works for me.
Other options you might consider...
Getting a picture or story in the paper is a valuable recruiting tool.
Adults read the paper. If you can impress them, they may encourage and
support their sons future involvement. It helps.
2. Boy Talks
I have helped DE's do boy talks at schools. This is usually not overly
successful, but it may get a few boys who might not otherwise join.
3. Round Up Usually an evening event where the public is invited to come
see Scouting. This usually includes an information table where leaders
talk with parents, some older Scouts are available to talk with boys, play
games, or do Scout skill demonstrations. There's usually large colorful
displays that emphasize the fun and adventure of Scouting.
3. Membership Drive
You can make a conscious effort to have boys invite one other boy to a
troop event, COH, campout, Round Up, or troop meeting. You could have a
patrol competition to see which patrol brought the most guests or had the
most new sign ups.
4. Recruiter Incentives
Our council has had incentives for boys to recruit other boys. Free
sundae or ice cream for signing up a friend. A recruiter patch presented
in front of the whole troop, etc.
When someone asks me what my recruiting strategy is, I tell them I just
leave the door unlocked on Monday nights, whoever wanders down we sign
up. I guess I do a little more than that, but recruiting is not a major
effort. We usually have 50-60 boys on our charter, that keeps us
busy enough without having to beat the bushes for more. They find us.
Build it and they will come.
Good luck on your presentation.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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