Intro and help
William N. Dilla (sdilla@UMSLVMA.UMSL.EDU)
Fri, 13 Feb 1998 02:57:37 -0500
At 09:44 AM 2/9/98 -0500, Dennis Kramlich wrote:
>Now my problem. About a year ago, before I joined the troop, the scouts
>had some issues with the Chartered Org. and started a new troop
>elsewhere. Our CRO was able to keep the charter going so we could try
>to restart the troop.
Both Kent Wilkins and Kevin Woods wrote posts back on 9 Feb. re: the issue
of "feeder packs" I'd like to offer my .02 on the issue.
Both these gentlemen are right that the most important thing in getting
boys to join your troop is program. I do agree. I keep hearing it over and
over, and we're working on it.
Where I differ some is that I think you can to more to get the CO pack to
"feed" to you again, than just publicize your program. Some people crossing
over will make "informed" choices, evaluating troop programs, as Kent
suggests. But others will join because the kid feels comfortable with your
group and the parent knows and trusts you as someone who cares about them
and their kid. How do you get these people? You (or other leaders) stay in
touch with the Pack and help them whenever you can. If you do a good enough
job of this, and have a good program, the people from your pack won't even
be looking at other troops.
Now, if you've read Kent's post, this might seem like "manipulation," but I
don't think it is. You're just building a program and environment that will
make the boys and parents from your CO pack most comfortable. They're still
joining because they want to join you, not just to follow the rest of the
herd across the bridge.
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