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Title: WELCOME TO THE 2008 CUB SCOUTING MEMBERSHIP GROWTH SEMINAR


1
WELCOME TO THE 2008 CUB SCOUTING MEMBERSHIP
GROWTH SEMINAR
2
Agenda for this Evening
  • 2007 Statistics
  • 2008 Fall Recruitment Incentives
  • Keys to Success
  • Where to Start
  • Additional
  • Testimonials
  • Recruitment Night Follow up
  • Year Round Recruitment
  • Questions

3
GROWING THE SCOUTING PROGRAM THROUGH MEMBERSHIP
GROWTH
4
Fall 2007 Council Recruitment Results
  • 1221 Cub Scouts Recruited August Dec
  • 261 took place October December
  • This means that boys can and will join on a
    continual basis.
  • 126 Boy Scouts Recruited August Dec.

All numbers adjust to exclude Scout Reach.
5
Fall 2007 District Recruitment Results
  • Cub Scouts Boy Scouts
    (Aug Dec.)
    (Aug Dec.)
  • Buffalo Ridge 216 23
  • Five Rivers 88 2
  • Pheasant 66 6
  • Prairie Hills 555 63
  • Lewis and Clark 132 15
  • North Star 163 12

All numbers adjust to exclude Scout Reach.
6
2008 Recruitment Incentives The New Cub Scout
  • Free Fall Fun Day any boy that joins Cub Scouts
    by September 19th will be able to attend this
    event on Sat., Sept. 20 or Sun., Sept. 21 for
    FREE (date varies by district).
  • A promotional flier will be included with the
    recruitment flier (attached or on the back)

7
2008 Recruitment Incentives The Cub Scout Pack
  • Earn Free Pinewood Derby Kits for your entire
    Pack Any Pack that completes the following
    requirements will earn a free pinewood derby kit
    for each boy in the Pack
  • Have an increase in Cub Scout Membership by the
    end of October 2008 vs. Jan. 2008
  • Attend the District Fall Recruitment Training
    Seminar in August (Tonight)
  • Conduct a 1st and 2nd opportunity to join
    event.
  • Turn in a Membership Inventory Roster (youth
    involved not involved) by Oct. 31, 2008.
  • Unit is actively involved in recruitment plan
    development and implementation.

8
Keys to Success Where to Start
  • Set your date(s)
  • This includes securing your recruitment location
  • Tip Set your 2nd opportunity to join at the
    same time.

9
Keys to Success Where to Start
  • Plan your Recruitment Event
  • Conduct a FUN EXCITING Recruitment Event.
    Remember Boys join Scouting for FUN. Sample
    Ideas

Portable Climbing Wall Miniature Golf Bowling Party Swimming Party Scavenger Hunt Building Wood Duck Houses Campfire with Food, Games and FUN in the Park Others??? (Open Discussion)
  • TIPS
  • If you conduct an outside event, make sure you
    have a back up plan! This should also be
    promoted on the recruitment fliers.
  • Whatever you decide to do, just conduct it in
    your community / back yard! Traditionally,
    people will not drive long distances and in some
    of the larger communities, they will not drive
    across town.

10
Keys to Success Where to Start
  • Get your date promoted
  • Provide Your date, time, location, program event,
    cost to join scouting (if any, what cost covers)
    and local contact name phone to your local
    professional or District Membership Chair no
    later than 3 Weeks prior. (A flier order form is
    in your packet for your convenience).
  • The Sioux Council will print your fliers.
  • You will work out distribution with your
    Executive.
  • Fliers should be made and delivered for all First
    through Fifth Grades!

11
ADDITIONAL KEYS TO SUCCESS
  • PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE
  • Recruitment Fliers The Sioux Council will take
    care of all your printing needs. Recruitment
    Fliers should be placed into school Take Home
    Folders to promote your event.
  • Personal Phone Calls to prospective scouting
    families result in a Significantly Higher
    Recruitment. This has been shown over and over.
    It provides the personal touch. It gives
    parents the opportunity to ask questions Fliers
    cant do that.
  • Peer to Peer boys inviting their friends to join
    scouting with them.

12
ADDITIONAL KEYS TO SUCCESS
  • Boy Talks talking to boys in a school
    classroom, lunchroom or on the playground results
    in excited boys which then excites the parents.
  • These would usually be conducted 1-2 days prior
    to your event.
  • Be mindful of classroom time. If you are allowed
    5 minutes, only use 5 minutes!!
  • If you need help with Boy Talks, visit with your
    local District Executive. This is what we are
    here for. However, just keep in mind that they
    cant do all of them within your district in a
    short amount of time.
  • Tips
  • Have something to remind the youth of the date,
    time and location to sign up
  • Keep it short, repeat important information
  • Make it Crazy and fun (get and keep their
    attention)
  • Be in Full Uniform
  • Keep it Age Specific What excites a First
    Grader wont excite a Fifth Grader
  • Sample Boy Talk

13
ADDITIONAL KEYS TO SUCCESS
  • Utilize your school newsletter to promote your
    event.
  • Place posters and yard signs around town and in
    your school (these are available tonight!)
  • Contact your local newspaper to promote your
    event.
  • Scouts wear their uniforms to school
  • Set up a booth at your school Open House
  • Promote your event in church through the church
    bulletin and Sunday School.

14
Recruitment Testimonials -What has worked for
them!-
15
Night of Sign Up
  • Every family that shows up should sign in on the
    Round-up Attendance Roster right away.
  • This gives you a means of follow-up in the event
    that a family has to leave, or walks out with the
    application
  • Give them the Application to Join and all handout
    information right after they sign in.
  • Tell them to start filling out the application to
    join. Even if they say I am just here for
    info Ask them to start filling it out.
  • Show them what information goes where on the
    application This is your sons information,
    this is your information, and dont forget to
    sign here.
  • Handout info Parent Orientation Guide, Mini
    Boys Life Magazine, Parent Talent Survey, Pack
    Calendar, and Pack Leadership Roster.

16
Night of Sign Up
  • Boys should be separated from the adults
    (participating in the special program event)
  • So that you can visit with the parents about your
    pack and what scouting is.
  • TIPS
  • DONT OVERSELL! If they are there that night
    that means you have them at 85 of joining.
    Getting them to fill out the application will get
    them to 90.
  • The last 10 is the 2 basic questions
  • How much will it cost?
  • Talk about cost for that night
  • Talk about the popcorn sale, how it funds the
    unit how boys can earn their entire way
  • How much time will it involve?
  • Talk about Den Meetings and Pack Meetings
  • Most requirements can be done at home, if needed.
  • Point out the packs calendar of events
  • Talk about how they dont need to be at EVERY
    meeting and we DONT EXPECT them to. (unlike
    sports and other activities.) Just dont sell
    the BSA as the Babysitters of America.

17
Night of Sign Up
  • TIPS (Continued)
  • You should also review your units Volunteer
    Needs.
  • Whether you have them or not, SET THE EXPECTATION
    THE FIRST NIGHT.
  • Main reason why people dont volunteerThey
    werent asked.
  • Two Main Excuses/Resistance to volunteering
  • I dont have the time.
  • I dont know what to do.
  • Keep it simple, make it fun!

18
Items to be Turned In
  • Plan to meet with your local district executive
    the next day to turn in.
  • Copy of Attendance Roster
  • Completed Applications
  • Make sure to check for signatures! Before they
    leave.
  • ONE UNIT CHECK to handle registration fees. It
    is much easier for the council and local
    professionals to handle 100 checks as opposed to
    500 checks / cash.

19
Year Round Recruitment
  • Recruitment of youth is an ONGOING process. As
    we mentioned earlier 261 new Cub Scouts were
    recruited between the months of October
    December. And this doesnt include all the youth
    recruited in the Spring.
  • WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO JOIN SCOUTING?!?
  • ANYTIME

20
Year Round Recruitment
  • New families move in all the time.
  • Family activity schedules change.
  • HELP DISPELL THE MYTHS
  • He cant join because he wasnt a Tiger.MYTH
  • He was a cub scout before, he cant join again
    .MYTH
  • He cant join because, we didnt join at the
    beginning of the school year .MYTH
  • Any Others?
  • WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO JOIN SCOUTING?!?
  • ANYTIME

21
Year Round Recruitment
  • Spring Recruitment
  • Packs that hold a successful spring recruitment
    event
  • Have high retention of their scouts
  • Have better summer programs
  • Have better fall recruitments
  • Results show that spring recruitments will NOT
    adversely affect fall recruitments.
  • WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO JOIN SCOUTING?!?
  • ANYTIME

22
Year Round Recruitment
  • We are not asking you to put together a special
    recruitment every month. We are just asking you
    to please work with us to promote the Quality
    Program which you already have scheduled, to
    prospective new scouting families so they too can
    receive the Values of Scouting!

23
Summary
  • Every Scouting Leaders responsibilities can be
    broken down to 3 simple tasks
  • RECRUIT youth into Scouting.
  • RETAIN youth in Scouting.
  • PROMOTE the youth on to their next level.
  • And all of this is done For Kids Sake.

24
QUESTIONS / DISCUSSION
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