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April 17
Spring Recruitment is in the Air!

As many of you have heard, the Council is making a huge push for Spring Recruitment in 2012. Our focus is two-fold.

For the first time ever, we are recruiting graduating Kindergarteners.  The idea behind this is to make creating those Tiger Dens that much easier.  We want these newly recruited Tigers and their parents participating in all Summer Pack activities.  These new Tigers will also be able to attend Dad and Lad, Mom and Me, or either of our District Day Camps.  Due to the guidelines set forth by the Guide to Safe Scouting, any Tiger attending Cu Day Camp would have to have a parent or guardian with them at all times.

When recruiting the Kindergarteners, do not focus on immediately finding a Tiger Den Leader. By brining these boys in earlier, the Pack leadership will be able to identify and develop a quality leader who can hit the ground running with Den Meetings in the fall.

The other half of our recruitment is focused on the Boy Scout side.  Our district has not been making a push to recruit new Boy Scout age boys.  I realize that by this age it can be hard to grab the interest of these over booked pre-teens.  We need to show them what we do and the fun they can have.  For this reason, we are holding a “Show and Sell” in conjunction with the upcoming Spring Camporee.

Every Scout is encouraged to bring a non-Scout friend with them to the Camporee.  The district will cover the cost of program materials and a patch for these each guest.  Show these young men a fun weekend at camp, sell them on a trip to S-F or Camp Lewallen this summer, and the hook will be set.

The “Show and Sell” is also available to Cub Packs and their Webelos Scouts.

Once you recruit these boys, get their applications completed and turned in.  I am currently looking at the option of setting up an application turn in location similar to School Night to Join Scouting in the Fall.  Additional details to come.

If you would like to get flyers into your schools or for me to do recruitment rallies to any Kindergarteners, 5th, or 6th graders please let me know.  Also, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me any time. 

Yours in Scouting,

Ryan

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314-651-0887

ryan.kirchner@stlbsa.org

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