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Good Afternoon Scouters, Our CO currently has a Cub pack that feeds the local Scouting Troops. Its a small town and we have about 20 Cubs spread across our dens. There is interest from inside our group to stand up the Scout Troop with support and encouragement from our CO. There was a troop previously that folded about ten years ago. To gauge interest and set our net as wide as possible we plan on having an open house for all our perspective scouts. The Pastor of our CO is spreading the word to all the local churches without Youth Groups and we are in contact with the local LDS church to see if we can persuade some of their members to continue in Scouts as well with the LDS withdrawing. The local elementary and middle schools will be sent flyers and the PTA will support us. I have read about an ideas to help with recruitment, for a school talk or open house Setting up a "campsite" with tents and stoves and a canoe. What have you found to be effective at triggering a sense of adventure ? Selling the soon to be scouts that Scouting is for them ? STEM ? Outdoor Excursions ? Merit Badges ? Thanks for your time and suggestions. Robert Hynes
Here's what I have observed in some committee meetings where I am. A few of the parents of Scouts who are no longer in the troop complain that current parents are not volunteering and honestly, they start to come across like the only ones capable of getting anything done. Do they go out and ask the current parents to volunteer? No. They put a note in the minutes saying they need someone to volunteer and then complain that no one shows up. I asked a mom from my former den if she would take over the wreath sale. She said yes as long as she doesn't have to attend committee meetings. Voila! A new parent is volunteering. The mom who was doing the wreaths and her son is leaving is happy, and she was very nice. Score one for the new parents. Now some of the "old" parents are complaining that their fundraisers suck. (My family sold $700, but whatever.) I volunteered to our committee chair and Scoutmaster to run a candy fundraiser if the PLC supports the idea, and I offered to get them info. and candy samples so they could check it out. I have heard back -- nothing. So here I am, a new parent trying to help out, appropriately, and I'm getting nowhere with it. So I try to wait patiently until one of the more experienced adults actually wants assistance. We need a new Treasurer, but the outgoing Treasurer basically said that he trusts no one else to do the job. It's frustrating, really! I've made like 4 or more nominations for a new Treasurer. My fingers are crossed. So, I have some frustrations with old Scouters who complain about new parents.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/brownies-volunteer-shortage-young-girls-thousands-leaders-activities-a8054591.html There are half a million Girl Guides and Brownies across the UK, but not enough volunteers Tens of thousands of girls and young women are unable to join the Brownies and Guides due to a chronic lack of volunteers. Around 70,000 young people are missing out on the chance to make friends, have adventures and improve skills such as confidence, because of a shortage of people willing to give their time, Girlguiding said. The charity has launched a new national campaign urging the public to sign up and join in, with the message that a womanâ€™s place is â€œwherever she wants it to beâ€. Girlguiding already has around 100,000 volunteers across the UK, working with its half a million members, but more are needed, the charity said. Volunteering roles vary from helping out at a meeting once a month, to supporting weekend events or running sessions with different groups. It said that while record numbers were signing up to help out, many have a limited amount of time to give, at a time when more young people are joining the organisation. The plea for volunteers to help the Guides and Brownies follows a similar request from the Scout Association earlier this year. In April chief scout Bear Grylls urged more people to help the association, regardless of their ability to light a fire or erect a tent.
The Jouney to Excellence... - is Metric Management - is done by volunteers - with crappy tools I'm not thrilled about metric management in the first place. Youth aren't numbers, they're people. We are trying to get them to play the great game. That is all.