Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Minute to get motivated to volunteer
Re: Minute to get motivated to volunteer
Fri, 9 Apr 1999 09:37:21 -0400
>> I'm in need to motivate the parents of my scout pack to get more
any way they can. I'm looking for a short scout master minute regarding
volunteer work. <<
In youth (or any other organization) you will find people who volunteer and
those who don't. I've worked in PTAs, Cub and Boy Scouts, and organized
and coached a select soccer team and I have never found a
speech/letter/plea that would cause someone who didn't want to volunteer to
change their mind. Everyone agrees that "someone" should volunteer but
they have all the usual excuses (too busy, don't know how, etc.).
What I have found that DOES work, almost 100%, is a personal appeal to take
on a specific task. If the task has clear boundaries and can be clearly
explained to the person (I need someone to contact these three vendors,
figure out the best fundraising deal, print a flyer, collect money ...),
then when you go to them and sincerely tell them that you feel they are the
"perfect" person for this job, the objections tend to melt away rather
It takes a little more time on your part initially but it's better than
seeing everyone leave just before you give the patented "volunteer minute"
at the fourth consecutive COH.