David Sanderson IV (dsiv@RADIKS.NET)
Wed, 1 Apr 1998 18:36:04 -0600
I have been VERY lucky that my son's elementary school principal allows
classroom visits during Spring Into Scouting and Sign Up for Scouting.
Our pack, like most others, request our recruitment flyers from the
council office, via the SIS or SUS District Membership Committee person
and receive them several weeks later. A SMALL contingent from our Pack
visits the classrooms on a designated day to hand out the SIS/SUS flyers
and pump the boys up for the upcoming SIS/SUS post-school get-together.
This works and works real well. Our pack is the largest in the District
with usually 95-100 boys. Most other packs have 20-50 boys.
I happen to be District Membership Chairman in addition to Asst. CM. Our
District covers most of two counties, mostly rural,and covers at least 6
school districts. I have seen the benefit of "face time" with the boys,
but not all schools allow classroom visits. We frequently discuss ways
to boost SIS and SUS recruitment in our committee. Besides getting into
the classrooms, we have considered:
o obtaining school DISTRICT rosters of all 1-6 (7-12 would be nice too)
grade boys then distributing each school's roster to the appropriate
unit for mailing SIS/SUS invitations
o obtaining a roster handed out by each school to parents for mailing
o standing at the school entrances to handout SIS/SUS flyers
o leaving SIS/SUS flyers at the school receptionist's desk for walkby
pickup or, if lucky, classroom distribution by school personnel
o leaving SIS/SUS flyers with PTO/PTA to distribute
o requesting mention in school handouts
Some are doable, some are not, and some require quite a bit of work and
/ or money.
I visited with my son's school superintendent to obtain a school
district mailing list. He couldn't / wouldn't immediately answer my
request, but I did receive an answer several days after an elementary
school principal staff meeting. His answer was, in effect, no way! In
fact, rumor has it that my principal will no longer allow classroom
visits. The superintendent was, however, willing to let me place an ad
in the school district wide newsletter for a "small fee". He mentioned
that non-profit groups were not to handout flyers in the schools anymore
and that they should be placing ads in the school district newsletter.
BTW, ads cost $50 for quarter page to $200 for a full page.
The standard SIS/SUS flyer used by our District is legal size and asks
the boy to attend a SIS/SUS roundup at a given date, time, and place.
This time and place is, of course, different for every unit. If every
unit were organized enough to get times, dates, and locations early,
each unit's entry took one line, and you had 60 units (we have ~100 CS
and BS units) then you would fill one sheet with just date/time/location
leaving no room for anything else. Ka ching! $200 please! Add in
another page for useful information, like why you should become a CS or
BS, and ka ching... $400 please!
Have you run into any similar bureaucracy? Do you have any suggestions?
Oh, I almost forgot... My son has recently brought several flyers home
from school, on different days, requesting me, as a parent, to purchase
an encyclopedia set from one company to "[develop] a learning center in
the home...at a very substantial savings". So it is ok to sell things
via handouts at school, but not to solicit membership in an important
youth oriented organization. :-(
Success doesn't come to you... you go to it. - Marva Collins
I think I can! - The Little Engine Who Could
David Sanderson, IV
AoL Eagle '73 w/Bronze Palm Halloween Knot OA Ordeal
BSA, Mid-America Council, Wagon Wheel District
Currently Pack 465 CA
Currently District Membership Cabinet Chairperson
Formerly Pack 465 TCGC
Formerly District UC
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