non-feeder Webelos Recruitment
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM)
Tue, 15 Sep 1998 15:13:00 -0500
In my district, the District Commissioner publishes at the beginning of
the year a list, sorted by Pack, of every second year Webelos Scout
and second year Webelos den leaders. The telephone numbers of
the den leaders are included. This list is given to every troop.
My district also provides the names, addresses, and telephone numbers
of every committee chair and unit leader in the district for all to have.
The District Commissioner publishes a list, sorted by town, of every
troop, SM name and telephone number, meeting location and meeting
day. This list is given to all packs and Webelos leaders.
So I just call the den leaders from the packs who probably have members
who live close to my troop's meeting location. We've only been doing
this a couple of years but the den leaders are finally willing to visit
several troops. Last year the council started an award which includes
a special CSP for Webelos transition. It's earned by the CM, SM, Webelos,
and Webelos den leader. One requirement is to visit more than one
This year I've added those den leaders I contacted to the mailing list
of our troop's monthly newsletter. I sent them the annual calendar after
the PLC finished planning it. The PLC set aside 3 meetings as Webelos
visit nights but I told the den leaders they are welcome any meeting.
There are still a few den leaders who will only visit "their" troop. One
me this year "I wouldn't want my den to see a troop where I don't
want them to go"
As the SM, I've told the Webelos den leader from "our" pack that they
should visit more than one troop and that the Scouts in his den are free
to join any troop they want. Our troop and pack are predominately made
up of members of the church that charters us. So our members are from
all over town even though they may live closer to some other pack or troop.
I try to use the church sponsorship as a selling point but I also want them
to know it may be easier to belong to a troop closer to home. I also try
to use the church sponsorship as a selling point for Webelos who are
members of our church but belong to non-feeder packs. But there I have to
be careful that I don't over sell it and turn off recruits who are not
Peter M. Murphy :: email@example.com
SM T125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Carmel, Indiana :: Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
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