July 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 13, Issue 12
August 2007 Theme
Theme: A Century of Scouting
Naturalist & Forester
Tiger Cub Activities
PACK ADMIN HELPS
A quality program will help you retain your members, but you will always lose some to competing interests, transfers due to family moves, and cross-over to Boy Scouts. Successful Packs have strong year-round recruitment programs.
Set goals -
How big do you want to be?
Pack meeting facilities
Dens too large for one group, but too small for two
"Ideal" Pack is 60-80 boys (permits individual recognition)
Consider leader recruitment needs
School Night is generally where you will get most sign-u[s. Can make extra effort to target ages you Pack needs. Visit classrooms/assemblies. More energy invested almost always equals more boys.
Go where the boys are - baseball, soccer, football, parks - hand out leaflets, place posters, set out information table, talk to boys and parents.
"Bring a friend night", Recruiter awards
Prepare and have available a "Parent Information Sheet" for you Pack. Identify your sponsor, key leaders (with phone numbers), membership fees, policies, etc. Include description of Cub Scout program, objectives, and "jargon".
Leader Recruitment - Most adults are involved because their sons are. It is inevitable that when their son graduates from the Pack, the leaders will too. Leader recruitment is a continuous effort. Develop one or more assistants. Ideally a trained assistant can step in when a leader is lost. Don't limit recruitment to parents of boys in the Pack. Many times a former leader, grandparent, relative, or member of the National Eagle Scout Association is willing to help. Recruit for one year at a time - it gives people a chance to get out gracefully when the year is up and permits the Cubmaster/Pack Committee to release a leader who is not performing satisfactorily without embarrassment. Don't force decisions under pressure, allow some time to think it over. A leader who joins under pressure may not do a good job.
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