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    • Effective recruitment is an active process. Signs and "come to" events are passive and yield less results. The current scouts need to go to where prospective recruits congregate and do stuff with them, become friends, ask them to join. The adults do the same with the adults. This can take many forms, either engaging with the prospectives immediately, or doing scout stuff to gather an audience. Recruitment is cheap, easy, effective but you can only pick two.
    • or call the by their individual, patrol or troop name. Hey troop 123, Hey Coyote Patrol, Hey johhny and phil, Hey jane and margaret.
    • I need some help from y'all.  As of right now, my Troop has 3 active scouts.  We have had a rough past 2 years with our charter organization getting rid of us (due to problems with the pack).  We ended up creating our own non-profit organization so we wouldn't have to find a different charter org.  We have also had a change at Scoutmaster recently.  I had assumed the responsibilities of Scoutmaster but since I am not 21 another one of our older leaders (also my Grandpaw) is the "official" Scoutmaster on paper.  Along with the Scoutmaster leaving, we had 5 boys and 2 other adults go with him (they created a new troop due to disagreements with one of our leaders).  Anyways, my main point is we need more boys.  Our council set up recruiting events at schools and a local church but they were canceled due to bad weather (hurricanes).  Since then, they have yet to set up any replacement events so we have had to do this on our own (which is fine but help would be nice).  We have placed "Join Boy Scouts" signs at many places around town with my contact information.  We also gave 2 of our scouts some info cards to hard out at school but I am not sure they have done that yet.  Another reason we are having troubles is because the Cubmaster for our Cub Scout Pack does not have a great relationship with us.  He is friends with one of the leaders who left and started a new troop.  We have talked with the Cubmaster and he says he will stick with us and send his boys our way (we will see if that actually happens).  Anyways, I am curious to see what y'all think.  What have y'all done for recruiting?  I am willing to try anything at this point.  I have been fighting my butt off to keep this Troop up and running but to little success.  I don't want to see this Troop fold but I am afriad with another year like we have been having we might have to give up.  Any suggestions are appreciated!  
    • I wonder if there's not a couple of things going on these days.  First, I think there are a lot of folks that knew or remember how the Vietnam vets were treated when they came home.  There's some desire, at least in some parts of society, to make up for that societal disgrace.  It can't be taken back, but, a different attitude can be shown moving forward.  I think the second thing that's happening is we're now what 40 years into the all volunteer force.  There are two generations of citizens that realize they didn't even have to consider serving.  I wonder if some folks are coming to terms with that reality.  OEF/OIF are the first sustained, on-tv-every-night operations in a generation.  The idea of military service is in their living rooms again.  I figure when people say thanks for your service, they aren't talking to me, I'm just a guy that represents all vets, at that moment, to that person.  It's uncomfortable because I know where I belong in hierarchy.  But, I try to be gracious and then take a few minutes to remember and be grateful myself.
    • Around this time of year is a great time to talk to parents about may come under a Christmas tree.  I always seemed to get a knife every year for many reasons.  I'm sure there are a lot of scouts and scouters that can lend a can opener type for this requirement.  I am not one for loaning knives as someone always wants to pry and break a tip off.  Before parents go out and spend a lot on their scout's first knife, I would caution that most scouts do three things with their first knife: 1.  have to sharpen it regardless whether it is sharp or not; 2. cut themselves.  nuff said; 3. lose the knife somewhere.  There are lot of used Victorinox knives on the big auction site for cheap bids.  The original 4 blade/tool Boy Scout knife made in Ulster or Camillus worked great.  The current BSA 4 blade knife is from China and costs about $20.  Not my recommendation.  BTW, the orginal blue Cub Scout knife didn't have a can opener, just the spear blade, awl, and bottle opener.   hhhmmm? 
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