Montana Trails – October 2013
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From: “Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council” <montanatrails>
Subject: Montana Trails – October 2013
Date: October 8, 2013 5:16:37 PM MDT
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Widen the Circle!
Wow – it seems like September just flew by! Hopefully, your unit got off to a strong start and is on the way to a great and awesome year of Scouting!
One of the most important aspects of the Fall is the recruiting of new Scouts and their families to your unit. Did your unit hold a new member recruitment in August or September? If so, how did it go? You know it went well if your recruitment brought in more than enough new Scouts to make up for any you may have lost since January, and if your unit is fired up and growing stronger.
If you have not yet held a recruiting campaign, or if your recruitment effort did not result in the number of new Scouts you wanted, don’t be discouraged. There is still time to invite new Scouts and their families to join your unit! October is a good month for a recruitment effort or a re-recruitment (second chance recruitment). Work closely with your District Executive so that you have a well planned and well organized recruitment night, and that you get the word out in your local school or schools. This is particularly important for Cub Packs.
One of the best ways to grow your units is to encourage your Scouts (and their parents) to invite their friends to join. This method works well for all of our programs – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Exploring. Plan a unit open-house where you explain and demonstrate your program – make it fun, exciting and well organized. Make sure your potential new recruits feel welcome! Don’t forget to recruit the parents too – Scouting is a program for the whole family. While not every parent will become a leader, every family should get involved and help your unit to succeed.
Be sure to read the membership article in this newsletter – it features the cool incentives for a new Scout to join this Fall, and for a current Scout to recruit a new Scout.
New Scouts and their families bring new energy to your unit. Besides, we can’t instill the values, training and life skills of Scouting unless a boy or girl joins our program. Let’s widen the circle this Fall and grow the Scouting program here in Montana!
Yours in Scouting,