Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Recruiting and Pack Program Success!
Recruiting and Pack Program Success!
Fri, 2 Oct 1998 11:56:47 -0400
I thought I'd share my results recruiting this fall.
Last year, my pack had 43 registered boys. I started as a Den Leader last
October and took over as Cubmaster in February while still running my Wolf Den.
I asked a few questions here, including asking about recruiting since our pack
kept a pretty low profile. Most of the personal responses I got, many of the
postings to this list, and what I learned at my Council's Pow Wow and University
of Scouting echoed the refrain "Build the Program -- the boys will come". And
of course, you all were right. It's hard to focus on longer-term goals when
you're wondering what to do next week. Build the Program -- the boys will come.
I'm working on building, and I'm already starting to see some results.
Our first pack meeting was last night. We meet on the first Thursday of the
month and September's pack meeting would have been on the eve of our town's 4
day Labor Day Festival (our major fundraiser). With our local schools starting
up a few days earlier, I decided in early July that we would hold off until
October 1 for our first pack meeting. I can hear at least one leader in Texas
laughing right now because she probably had her first school year pack meeting
in early August. Kim, our communities are on *much* different schedules. We
visited two schools during PTA/Back to School. My district Membership Chairman
and my UC are probably upset that we didn't try to hold separate Join Scouting
Night rallies and school nights, but this was a decision we made. I didn't
actually use the generic flyer made for our entire district for handout in the
schools. I made up our own and got them distributed to the boys in school. Our
recruiting "table" had eyecatching projects and pennants and T-shirts and
pinewood derby cars and other stuff, but it was really just an eyecatcher and
conversation starter. I also learned that the best recruiting tool you can have
is an outgoing Cub Scout in full uniform.
My UC joked that I would have 100 boys in the pack if I actively recruited.
This summer I started to plan for 100 boys, hoping I'd end up with 60. I asked
boys to wear their uniform to school on pack meeting days. I'm trying to
increase our visibility around town. I started a web site for our pack
(www.pack202.org). I'm really pushing training and committee involvement since
we had no functioning committee last year. Last night's pack meeting was about
20 minutes of fun-filled pack meeting followed by den organizational meetings.
I'm so proud of my leaders and parents. By the end of last nights meeting, we
ended up with 2 Tiger dens with Tiger Coordinators and a Tiger Cub Coach in
place, 3 Wolf dens with DL and ADL, 2 large Bear dens with DL and ADL that we
may split into 3 before the first den meeting next week, and a Webelos den with
WDL and two potential AWDL. I don't have a Den Leader Coach yet and I don't
have any ACM's yet (I want 2) because my focus was on the dens, but I think I'll
get these spots covered real soon. I presented a proposed pack committee plan
that called for 15 adults. I got a CC and three adults already and I haven't
really started to ask yet. Most of the new leaders were busily asking about
getting their uniforms and asking me about the upcoming CS Leader Basic
Training. We may have 8-10 adults going. I've asked for 7 activities committee
members (got 2 already) and they're already starting to buzz about upcoming
district and council activities and pack activities.
Nine months ago, Pack leadership effectively consisted of one trained WDL,
three trained but new Wolf DL's (I was one of them), a TC, a TCC, and no
committee. This year we're well on our way to being fully staffed. I expect
we'll have just around 60 boys registered. I created a lot of pretty nice
recruiting literature using MS Publisher 98 (I'll let you know when I put it up
on our pack web site) in the process. I'm set for next year's fall recruiting.
I know what's needed and frankly, I'm not relying on my district or council
planning schedule (too late) or literature except for the miniature sample
copies of Boys Life. Next year I'm going to aim for 100 boys and hope for 80.
That will be quite enough for our physical meeting space.
I'M PUMPED. GOD I LOVE THIS STUFF. When you ask for help and get it, life is
CM, Pack 202, Greenbelt, MD, Patuxent District, National Capital Area Council
http://www.pack202.org <- sorry, you other Pack 202s' are out of luck.