scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: New Scout Recruiting
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr (hammonddL@USWEST.NET
Wed Nov 17 1999 - 21:36:27 CST
This has been an interesting thread to follow.
I'm the District Membership chairman her in the Black Hills
District of the Pacific Harobors Council, and I think that
working in the schools to recruit boys for troops is an
Several units that I have worked with rely on their "Feeder
Pack" to provide all their new scouts. That's good in
theory, but lousy in practice. There are lots of boys that
really need Scouting that will never be exposed to it if we
only recruit from within.
I'm planning some training in January to help bolster our
Boy Scout numbers. A piece of the training will be on
Webelos-to-Scouts progression, but that will be a small
part. Everybody knows to talk with packs to get boys. It's
easy that way. Most of the training will focus on what we
former Army recruiters refer to as face-to-face
prospecting. That involves going to where your prospective
members are and talking to them.
I've seen a couple of good ideas floating here. A table at
Open House is a good start. Talking to the boys about
recruiting year-round is good. Going out and talking to
Civic Organizations is another good way (we call this
working Centers of Influence. These are people that know
and impact on our recruiting targets and can help convince
them to contact us.). Talking with teachers never hurts.
But nothing beats getting out there and talking to boys.
Skill demonstrations, mock campsites, slide shows about your
most recent high adventure tour, or anything else you can
come up with, are the ways we can reach those boys not
already touched by Scouting.
Sometimes getting access can be difficult. Teachers don't
often like to give up their time to "strangers." There are
ways around this. I've worked with leaders to help them
gain access. Usually there is a leader or two that can
volunteer a bit of time at school. If you're as busy as I
am, you are often coming from a Scouting event and don't
have time to change out of your uniform. (sly smile) Thus
you are volunteering your time while wearing your uniform.
Some boys will approach and ask questions just out of
curiosity. That's your chance! Talk to them. Tell them
about the cool stuff your troop does. ASK THEM TO COME TO
YOUR NEXT MEETING. Offer them a ride if they need it (of
course watch youth protection stuff). Sometimes the only
thing standing between a boy and Boy Scouts is a lack of
knowledge of local units. That's pretty easy to fix by
getting out there.
Prior to my own pack's school night this year, I
"volunteered" to help "supervise" in the cafeteria. I
didn't have time to change "out" of my uniform, so I was
there in uniform with a stack of flyers. I didn't take any
class time. I passed out about 45 flyers. I even put a
couple of "I want to join Cub Scouts" stickers on a shirt or
two. This exact form might not be best in working to get
5th or 6th grade boys to join, but modify it and try it. It
So for those of you wanting to to some real recruiting, this
is your chance! There are boys out there that meet the
joining requirements for age and/or grade. Go out and find
Yours in ScOUTing,
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr.
CM Pack 225 and Black Hills District Committee
I used to be an Owl (W-CS-44) Working my Ticket
"A fisherman does not bait his hook with food he likes.
He uses food the fish likes. So with boys." --Lord Robert