Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Roundup Wrapup
Carter J Wood
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 16:42:02 EDT
Roundup Wrap-up - District Perspective
Here are some short notes on Cub Scout Roundups in our District. We have =
Packs in 41 Elementary schools. Seven units are LDS and do not recruit fr=
the schools. One Pack each is chartered to a Private School, the county's
=91Home School=92 group, a public housing organization, and a Special Need=
In many cases then, there were two Packs recruiting from the same school.
We started at the top. The County Superintendent of Schools has been on o=
Executive Board for several years and is now serving as the Vice President=
Membership. We already had a good relationship with most of the Elementar=
School principals but this helped too.
Several Packs had been working on =91Multiplying the Opportunities=92 sinc=
spring. That sounds more positive than saying =91split the Pack.=92 The =
Commissioners had identified the Packs that were in the 130+ Cubs range. =
the summer we lined up Chartered Partners and recruited for key positions =
the new units.
In early August we trained a crew of about 40 Scouters on doing the Roundu=
Each of them has been around for a while and most had done recruiting befo=
We tried to get a Unit Commissioner to every =91Back to the Pack=92 in Aug=
some cases, a Unit Commissioner might have to cover more than one Pack so =
missed some units. In most cases though, we knew which Packs had special
circumstances, e.g., needed new CC or CM.
Our two Des (Use's) set up appointments with each Principal. Together, th=
set up a schedule for the Packs with considerations to the schools many ot=
events and activities. Some Packs had requested specific dates. Almost a=
of them got the dates they wanted. The Roundups were all done on Tuesday =
Thursday evenings and were all set up for 7pm.
The schedule was distributed at the August Roundtable. Having it that ear=
helped units prepare for Registration day. Packs were invited to set up
displays at the schools on Registration day which for us was the Thursday
before school started on Tuesday. Most did a great job by showing off las=
year=92s activities with poster boards. Many Packs offered flyers that de=
Three or four days before each Roundup, we had each school show our local-=
video of activities on the schools=92 closed circuit TV to each classroom.=
with just one or two days before each Roundup, the DE=92s visited each cla=
in grades 1-5. They distributed flyers, put =91I want to be a Cub Scout=
stickers on boys, and put up posters in the cafeterias. Most schools put =
notice on their front marquee too.
We sent a District team of four or more Scouters to each Roundup. The loc=
unit handled the opening ceremony and did the administration of paperwork =
money. The Roundup team conducted the meeting and recruited the needed
leaders. Usually two or more of the team worked the big crowd while one o=
more took the first graders (Tigers) and their parents to a separate room =
discussions relating to the different aspects of the Tiger program. We al=
tried to get the adults signed up first. Local Pack people helped a lot =
it got down to the intense recruiting by telling what a good time they had=
in the past years.
AOK - we got over 2,000 Cubs and about 800 leaders. The best part was the
teamwork! Please advise of any additional helps for next year.