Cub Scouting Teaches Boys To Reach Out
Circle Ten Council
Scouting provides opportunities for boys to "reach out" into a wider community
while maintaining a link with more secure foundations such as the home,
religious organization, and school. It helps boys become full members of their
communities as they take part in service projects and other community-related
activities. They get to know their community better and recognize the
importance of good citizenship.
all that you can be" The United Sates Army used these words as its recruiting
slogan. They captured the feeling that an individual can truly achieve and
grow through the Army way of life. These are also words for Scouters to
ponder. What a shame it would be to leave a boy behind and not give them an
opportunity to achieve all of their potential, because we did not reach out to
have a responsibility to insure that boys in our neighborhood and community
have the opportunity to join in this movement. This means that we reach out to
them and make the Scouting program available.
Recruiting doesn't just happen. Below you will find some ways to help in your
Boys Recruiting Boys:
Have a Pack Incentive
Provide a “prize” to every boy who brings a friend to your Cub
Scout “Fun” Recruiting Activity. Recruiting patches are also available in the
Center for Scouting Scout Shop.
“Prepare” your Scouts with information
Provide your Scouts with “mini-pocket” calendars, which they can
give to their friends at school showing the activities your pack has planned
for the year. You could also provide information on activities that your pack
conducted last year. Sell the “Fun” of Scouting to boys.
Uniforms Worn to School
Have your Scouts wear their Cub Scout uniform to school the day
of your “Fun” recruiting activity.
Conduct a “Bring a Buddy” Event
Boys, who bring a buddy” to a special “bring a buddy” event such
as a swimming party, game of bowling, etc could be rewarded with a discounted
admission fee to the activity or provided with a special recognition at the
Adults Recruiting Adults:
Determine which families are
currently not in the Pack
you determine which families from your school are not in the Pack, assign
another member of the Pack to call that family and invite them to your special
“Fun” Recruiting Activity. You can use last year’s school directory as a
Sell the Parents on the Value of
Citizenship training, helping other people, positive adult role models,
learning responsibility, etc. are characteristics which all parents what for
their children. Let the parents know how Scouting helps children grow up into
Talk to Parents at your School’s
Open House in the Fall
a booth or demonstration at your school’s open house in August or September.
Spend some time talking to parents about the “Values of Scouting” as they
attend this school activity. Provide then with list of open positions and the
Commitment for that position. One example is shown below.
One Year Commitment Working
Primarily With Adults
Pack Newsletter Publisher
Year Commitment Working Primarily With Youth
Webelos Den Leader
Asst. Webelos Den Leader
Bear Den Leader
Asst. Bear Den Leader
Wolf Den Leader
Asst. Wolf Den Leader
Tiger Cub Den Leader
Asst. Tiger Cub Den Leader
Time Commitment - Plan & Execute Single Activity
Scouting for Food Coordinator
Pack Fundraising Activity
Fall Safe-Bicycling Activity
Mid-Year Holiday Party Coordinator
Pinewood Derby Coordinator
Pinewood Derby Concessions
Blue and Gold Banquet Coordinator
Friends of Scouting Coordinator
Spring Picnic Coordinator
Scout Show Coordinator
Scout Show Ticket Sales Coordinator
Cub Scout Day Camp Coordinator
Webelos Resident Camp Coordinator
Summertime Activities Coordinator
And of course you can always add
a few of your own depending on your activities; e.g. Rain-gutter Regatta
After you recruit new adults, you need to hold
onto them. Recognition is one of the best ways to keep them coming back. Here
are some Innovative Recognition Awards to present to your leaders. CD
SOLID AS A ROCK AWARD - For
the person who is solid in the Scouting Program. Just find a rock and give it
to the person. The rock can be a unique shape or it can be embellished for the
ORDER OF THE BEAR AWARD - FOR
SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE A “BEARRY” GOOD JOB. - Draw a Bear on a piece of
cardboard or glue a stuffed bear on a piece of wood.
YOU’RE TREMENDOUS - for
someone who has done a tremendous job for you. Cut out a tree from green
poster board and glue it on a piece of cardboard.
GOLDEN ACORN AWARD - for
someone who’s either a little nutty or who has done an outstanding job for the
Pack or Den. Glue an acorn that has been painted gold on a piece of wood.
NUTTIN IS BETTER THAN SCOUTING
AWARD - this can be used as a general award or recognition for anyone who
has done anything for Scouting. Glue an acorn peanut, walnut, etc. on a tongue
depressor, orange juice can lid, or piece of wood.
WE COULD KNOT DO IT WITHOUT YOU
AWARD - Tie a small square knot out of rope and glue it on a plaque.
STICK-IN-THE-MUD AWARD -This
is for that special someone who hasn’t given their all or tried their best at
something. This should be extremely light hearted, so as not to embarrass or
belittle anyone. Put a small stick in the middle of brown clay.
DAY CAMP CHAIRPERSON OR DRIVERS
- Buy a miniature mini-van or make one from cardboard and personalize it.
For more ideas on recognitions see the
affirmations listed with the Good Egg Awards ceremony. Many of these could be
used for Adult Awards, too. CD