was the speech..now recruiting
Kelly/Stratton Family (ddkelly@SPRINT.CA)
Thu, 10 Sep 1998 15:37:21 -0300
If I may add something here I realize I am from across the river as it
might be but hope this still holds some ground
In our units (cubs and beavers and with Brownies) we have tried the
following for recruitment amoungst the leadership team via parental help.
after the initial parent meeting first night where we have had a higher
group ie Venturers run a Beaver or Cub meeting while we met with parents.
we have invited the parents back actually summonded or firm yet friendly
request that at least one of the pair(if that exists) attend on ? Date.
at this meeting the youth with their respective parent follow the program
from start to finish. (The parents are trasported to age 7 ) Including
grand howl, Opening singing of O'Canada etc.. to crafts, songs, games,
badge work what ever the night may bring. Make it fun and interesting not
more than most but definately a 'keeper of memories'. At the end of the
meeting a tea and biscuit is served and the youth go play a game or clean
up etc.. while the adults talk about the nights activities and then you
'skirt' the room for the enthusiastic adult who seems really exited and
stands out from the others who did not do the actions to 'I've been eaten
by a boa constrictor' or was a little perturbed at actually laying on the
dirty gym floor and coloring the provinces and territories in and then
cutting them into a puzzle for a relay race etc..
These unsuspecting individuals I would zone in on and approach with an
invite to the local coffee shop and discuss what Scouting has to offer and
what they potentially may be able to offer Scouting and the rest is
history. Once the parents see what you do and EXPERIENCE it they the
interested parties are more likely to join. The ones that volunteer for
camp on a regular basis are great, but chances are thats all they like is
camping and after all it is a free weekend away from the wife!
little of topic but hope it is helpful to someone
Ms. Dale Kelly
1st Cole Harbour Cubs, 2nd Bel Ayr Brownies
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