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Chief Commissioner's Blog | The key to recruiting

BLOG 22.07.16

Wayne visited some very different events this week, all with the common theme of being fantastic ways to engage and recruit parents and supporters.

A key to recruiting

A common thread of three very different events I attended last week was the role each played in engaging and recruiting parents and supporters, from a District AGM to a world record attempt and a County Cubs 100 camp.

Windsor & Eton District AGM

It wasn’t just the setting - Bears Rail Campsite in Windsor Great Park with deer checking on proceedings - that made the evening a success.  An entertaining and engaging presentation from their Explorers at the World Scout Jamboree, along with a proactive District, led to a supporter offering to become a GSL afterwards and two local Councillors offering their support.

It was also a chance for me to thank them for their longstanding support of the National Scout Celebrations at Windsor.

Sand Angels

I had to search online for what they were, let alone know about the world record!  Axe District, Avon, were one step ahead and 500 young people and another 500 parents and supporters gathered on a windy and slightly damp Friday evening to break the previous record of 380.

With 500 of us (yes, me too having worked it out) our fingers are crossed that enough of the ‘angels’ met the strict requirements.

As important, talking to the leaders and parents watching was how it bought the District together and provided a great shop window to promote and recruit supporters.

Jungle Jam 100, West Mercia Cubs

After slotting in my final Operations Committee meeting at Baden-Powell House on Saturday morning, I headed to Blackwell Adventure Centre where 900 Cubs plus their leaders from West Mercia were clearly having an action packed weekend celebrating Cubs 100.

There were lots of examples of teamwork and parental support in helping to run the camping and activities.  It was interesting also to chat to recently appointed leaders, many of whom had been youth members, returning to help as their own children now wished to take part.

The challenge of recruiting

For a long time now, the biggest challenge facing us is adult recruitment, not surprisingly it has been the most often raised challenge throughout.  Yes, there are some exceptions, but my experiences continue to reaffirm that the best ways to recruit are still to follow the simple steps set out in our resources.




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