Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Cool Scouts....
Re: Cool Scouts....
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 08:05:52 -0500
Neil Lupton <NeilLup@AOL.COM> wrote:
> Unlike Cub Scouts, where School Night for Scouting will bring young men in
> groups, Boy Scouting requires one-on-one recruiting. By and large, that means
> a boy invites his friend to visit and join.
Although Neil proposes some great recruiting ideaas, don't discount a
recruiting activity at the school. We held a Pizza Party this year
targetted at 6th, 7th and 8th graders at the Middle School.
We made up fliers and distributed them to the boys in class. We had the
school make announcements for us on the PA the day before and the day
of. We had the party at 6:00pm, and made rope, lashed poles together
into various things, had a low-impact campsite set up with backpack and
climbing gear displayed, a canoe filled with gear, a bike loaded with
touring gear, etc.
We had 20+ attend, had 4 fill out applications on the spot, and three
more attend the next campout (no applications from these boys yet). It
was worth the cost of pizza and soda for sure.
We are a small troop, so adding 4 active boys was a big win. I think
we'll get 2 of the 3 who came on the camping trip as well. We plan to do
it again in the Spring - just about the time the Webelos cross over -
probably just afterward.
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, Maine