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  • #16
    Last Night, 5 packs at the school fighting for boys. We got 1.

    Every pack I know is going to more schools than they have in the past, because numbers are way down.

    I've already told my DE, that he needs to prepare for packs to be closing and/or consolidating over the next 2 years, if recruiting continues in the same direction.

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    • #17
      Final count is in for our fall recruitment, we have 3 times as many new boys as returning scouts this year and 4 times the usual number of new recruits. I wish I had a crystal ball to predict how many will actually stay, I need to decide if I want to split some of the dens or not. I'm very excited that some of the parents have already stepped up and volunteered!

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      • #18
        Very excited about our recruitment this year. We have 27 new scouts paid in full! Now its just a matter of getting them all into dens!

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        • dedkad
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          Great job, 92hatch! Whose job is it to get those dens organized and started? I think our pack needs to add some kind of new leader position to take care of this sort of thing because it has all fallen on me, and I am already overworked as CC and DL. What would a good job title and description be for that position?

      • #19
        ^^^ All of our leaders try and work together to find new leadership by gently twisting the arms of parents we think are already highly involved in the program. Usually out CC will take in the new applications and assign boy to dens or creat new Dens. We tend to not need a single position to take care of this, But we do have a "Pack Trainer" who is in charge of making sure we all are current with out trainings needed to comply with the rules. I suppose you could also use this pack trainer position to help recruit new leaders?

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        • #20
          We doubled our Pack size. We added nearly 40 boys.
          Recruiting/Boy Talks work!
          Now we must turn our focus to RETENTION!

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          • #21
            Originally posted by BobWarhawk View Post
            We doubled our Pack size. We added nearly 40 boys.
            Recruiting/Boy Talks work!
            Now we must turn our focus to RETENTION!
            Congrats, We do the boy talks and buddy cards.... but they don't work well for us. Our biggest problem is the sports programs in the area really recruits hard and here in Texas, parents seem to be sports crazy.

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            • #22
              21 new scouts, I just hope I can get them back for the second meeting. It'll take the sting off a bit when I drop the 15 I'm losing at recharter.

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              • #23
                Our pack has grown from 35 boys last year to 50 this year. We are still waiting to see what boys are going to stay with it, and which ones will drop as the year goes on. We gained most of our new boys in the Tiger and Wolf dens this year.

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                • #24
                  Our pack is in an area that is extremely underserved for the number of available youth we have (but the District's inability to start new units is another topic altogether). Our pack has ranged between 80 and 100 Cubs for the last 5 years. We're at 89 right now with 21 Tigers. We have had one school night roundup (our DE claims he's having trouble getting into the elementary schools this year), and have otherwise been recruiting via word of mouth and our pack website shows up well in Google searches.

                  So far this year, we've recruited 21 Tigers, 3 Wolves, 2 Bears, 2 Webelos 1s, and 4 Webelos 2s. That's nearly a whole pack on its own. We definitely need more Packs in our town.

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                  • #25
                    Recruiting is up for us. We had nine families show up for our fall registration night, and all nine wrote me a check when I said that everyone who could pay tonight would receive a flying monkey. That was a silly incentive that the council included. They were a big hit, but now I've got to deliver them. Of the nine, there were three tigers, one wolf, one bear and four Webelos. I've never had so many Webelos answer the call. Oddly, they are all fourth graders, that den was already full. We only have ONE fifth graders. actually all our dens are full now, but splitting the dens is too painful. Can't find den leaders. We almost split one den, but the parents threatened to quit if they were put with the new den leader. <face palm> We are somewhere near 40 scouts now, but I think we will trim a few out at recharter. I've been recruited fall, winter and spring last year. I'm finally getting good at it. Three years ago, we only had six scouts. This year I am planning recruitment fall, winter, spring and summer.
                    Last edited by howarthe; 09-29-2013, 07:54 AM.

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