Re: The ``Speech"
Thu, 10 Sep 1998 19:52:38 -0400
Here is one that I used as a DE, for what it's worth;
The Leader Recruiting-5 Minute Speech: Take out the box, now empty and
closed. Carry it in your hands while you talk.
"Thank You all for coming tonight with your boy to find out about
Scouting. Over here we have three different applications; Tiger for the
1st graders, Cub for the rest of them, and Adult Applications for you.
(They start to squirm)
I spoke to your boys yesterday at school and told them a few of the
things that Scouts get to do. The ones they liked best were camping
with dad and finding mom her very own snake! (nervous laugh) I am
confident that the summer program will provide these opportunities, even
if you don't volunteer tonight. I try not to make empty promises.
You've all heard about the value system, and the uniforms, and doing
your best. But Scouting is even more, let me explain. I know from
experience that most schools and teachers are excellent, even on a
Friday. I couldn't possibly maintain the enthusiasm they do all week.
My hat is off to them, they do a great job!
But even the best teacher will tell you that they are severely limited
by the walls of this building. (Hold up box) A classroom is four
walls, a floor and a ceiling, much like this box here. Perhaps once a
year the budget allows them to leave the building and venture out into
the world. (Open the box just a little)
That's where Scouting comes into play-we open up that box. By parents
working together, boys can visit places and see things and learn about
the world on a level the best teacher can only dream about! And you'll
find discounts and doors opening wide for Scouts almost everywhere.
Now, there's no doubt that your boy likes a sport or six. They almost
all do. But that activity is limited to a field of play that isn't much
larger than the classroom is. And from a career standpoint, its a
long-shot at best. (An uneasy father or two) Scouting has the only
group activity that offers the world as it's program!
Soon the boys are going to bring back a list of places they would like
to go see. There's nothing to organizing this group enough to make
these wishes come true for them. It's easy as pie.
But Scouting is even more. These books are loaded with projects,
crafts, challenges, and family activities that will add to the learning
process. Packs meet monthly and organize into separate dens that meet
weekly, generally in somebody's home. A committee serves to support
Plus there is a wide variety of other opportunities. Pinewood derby's,
bike rodeos, Scout Shows, Parades, Lad & Dad and Mom and Me weekends,
Blue & Gold banquets, Cub Scout Sports badges, Academic badges,
religious awards, the list goes on and on and on.
We have over ___ adults already involved in this area, and we have
hordes of written materials available as well to help you get started.
We have training tapes and classes, program helps, monthly
get-togethers, and even a National magazine each month. All aimed at
one thing-helping you the parent make the program work for your
Even more help; I have recruited some of the best local Scouters we
have, to work as advisors until you get going good. Please pick up at
least one adult application with the boy's, fill it out tonight so we
can reach you with the next get-together. I'll be here to chat about
the different positions involved, but know that none of them are
difficult if everybody works together.
I certainly hope I've convinced you that Scouting is worth some of your
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City