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Your spring and fall recruiting events are vital for your unit. With a spring roundup, you can recruit before they commit to other fall activities. New Scouts will get to go to [[Cub Scout Day Camp|Camp]] '''''this''''' year. Your summertime calendar is packed full with the trips, events, and camping they want. Parents who plan ahead can make great new leaders.
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{{TOCleft}}Your spring and fall recruiting events are vital for your unit. With a spring roundup, you can recruit before they commit to other fall activities. New Scouts will get to go to [[Cub Scout Day Camp|Camp]] '''''this''''' year. Your summertime calendar is packed full with the trips, events, and camping they want. Parents who plan ahead can make great new leaders.
{{quote-source|“A boy on joining wants to begin Scouting right away.”|[[Robert Baden-Powell]]}}
{{quote-source|“A boy on joining wants to begin Scouting right away.”|[[Robert Baden-Powell]]}}
Your fall recruiting is important too. This is when you get another chance to recruit the ones you missed in the spring. Don't focus on the activities they just missed but what is still coming up.
Your fall recruiting is important too. This is when you get another chance to recruit the ones you missed in the spring. Don't focus on the activities they just missed but what is still coming up.

Revision as of 15:52, May 6, 2009

Recruiting goes on every day, not just at a one-night meeting.
Expect half of the families to plan their fall commitments in the spring.
Follow-up again with the rest at your fall roundup.

W.D.Boyce New Unit Organizer Award
Recruiter Strip
Recruiting is also called "Roundup," "New Scout Orientation," "Race to Cub Scouting,"

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Your spring and fall recruiting events are vital for your unit. With a spring roundup, you can recruit before they commit to other fall activities. New Scouts will get to go to Camp this year. Your summertime calendar is packed full with the trips, events, and camping they want. Parents who plan ahead can make great new leaders.
“A boy on joining wants to begin Scouting right away.”
Robert Baden-Powell

Your fall recruiting is important too. This is when you get another chance to recruit the ones you missed in the spring. Don't focus on the activities they just missed but what is still coming up.

Your program and your calendar will sell them on Scouting. Make sure that your calendar is planned months or a year in advance and stocked full of great events. Make sure to include all of the council and district events you can. Prepare a simplified, one-page calendar for recruiting. The most important sales flier you have is your busy calendar.

Your other tool will be a good recruiting flier. Your district executive can provide the recruitment fliers and posters.

Don't forget how flexible we are. If they miss a sports practice, they may not be able to play the next game. But in Scouts, you can miss a meeting or even a season and still be welcome.

The Six P's of Recruiting

Purpose

Have a clear purpose:

  • Every boy deserves the chance to be a Scout.
  • Sign up Cub Scouts and Webelos into existing packs as well as Boy Scouts and Ventures
  • Recruit parents to be unit leaders and committee members
  • Organize new units in areas we are not currently serving.
  • You are "Here for the boys." Help every boy succeed, not just your own. Help every unit succeed, not just your own.

Plan

Involve everyone in the plan:

  • Ask every leader to participate. You need everyone's help that night and as you publicize the event.
  • Ask your district for help with Informational fliers and posters.
  • Ask other units to buddy up with you. "A Scout is Helpful." Work with each other.


Promote

A new Scout will rarely find you. You have to be pro-active and invite them, often several times.

  1. Ask each Scout to invite two friends. Referrals are your best prospects. If their buddies join, your Scouts are more likely to stay in too. Show them the Recruiter Strip they can earn.
  2. Ask your chartered organization to distribute your fliers. Go to their meeting and show them all you do.
  3. Ask your committee to take recruiting fliers to PTO, Religious Organizations, Sunday Schools, sports teams, clubs, etc.
  4. Ask local newspapers to run an article about a recent event and include details of your upcoming orientation.
  5. Ask local radio, TV stations, and cable providers to run Public Service Announcements you can get from your district.
  6. Ask if you can do fliers, boy talks, and an open house in area schools. Your district executive should have contacts with school administrators.
  7. Ask your past prospects who have not signed up yet to come this time. You may need to invite them several times.

Use all seven ways to promote your unit. Note that the key word is Ask. Use your resources. Brainstorm other ideas.


Present

Hold the roundup where the unit meets or at their school. Make it a brief, upbeat, and well-planned rally. Don't talk about the past or use jargon like DE" or "FOS" as this can scare off new families.
Setup - 30 minutes early and to be ready for early arrivals. Leaders and Scouts only attend if they are in Uniform.

Gathering Activity
  • Ask everyone who attends to sign in with their Name, Home Phone, Cell Phone, Email, Scout's Name, and grade.
  • As they come in, pass out applications, fliers, and your calendar. Ask everyone to fill out the forms. Have plenty of pens.
  • Don't stand in a click with your friends. Have a leader walk each prospect to a table and help them.

Opening - 4 minutes: Opening Flag Ceremony. Pledge of Allegiance. Very BRIEF remarks. Introduce your leaders.
Presentation - No more than 8 minutes.

  • Let the Scouts tell about their favorite upcoming activities: trips, camping, Summer Camp, Pinewood Derby, etc.
  • End the group meeting in a few minutes. Adults: Don't overwhelm them with stories, facts, and figures.
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  • Leaders continue to meet with families one-on-one to answer questions.
  • Register new youth members. Explain what they need to know one-on-one. Don't overwhelm them. Ask, "Do you have any questions?"
  • Have unit t-shirts available as a gift or at a small cost. If they leave in your t-shirt, they will come back.
  • Consider light refreshments such as punch and granola bars.

Closing - Thank them. Announce the unit's next meeting date and a Welcoming Activity (picnic, bowling, etc.). Closing Flag Ceremony.


Parents

Scouts with involved parents are more likely to stay in Scouts. Recruit adults to at least help if not be the leaders. These are great tools to help find out what parents can offer. Involve everyone. Scouts with "drive-by" parents won't last.


Persistence

  • Call everyone who signed up to again welcome them and confirm information. Do not rely just on email.
  • Call everyone who didn't sign up in a few days and see if they have any questions. Can you call them again in a week?
  • Call your prospects again in a week. People often need to be asked several times.
  • Call your prospect again just before your next orientation. The ones you missed last time are some of the best prospects next time.


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