Congratulations on a successful phase 1 for the fall recruiting season (School Open Houses / Join Scout Nights). Like any good campaign plan, there are several phases. We registered nearly 100 new scouts since 1 August. We have one new Cub Scout Pack and hope to have a second soon. The second phase of our fall membership campaign consists of getting out to you associated schools during their September and/or October PTA/PTO meetings and setting up an information table. If you receive approval from the PTA president, you may also be granted 2-3 minutes to present why parents should consider joining scouts and letting attendees know you are available at a table to provide information to them about scouts and your unit.
Please contact your school this week and find out when their PTA/PTO meeting is taking place. Let me know when you have contacted the PTA and received approval and type of approval (table only, presentation, etc.).
Per all the School Superintendents in our district (yes, even Danville City), we are allowed to set up information tables and speak to parents at the meeting.
We also need to be scheduling Troop Open Houses. To date, I have only received one date for a Troop Open House (Troop 377). Please schedule these ASAP.
Part of Troop Open Houses is to spread the word about the Open House. Go to your Middle School PTA meeting and hand out invitations to the open house.
Direct each of your youth members to bring 3-5 friends with their parents to the Troop Open House (at least 1 will join).
Make sure your Troop Open house announcement is in the community events location of the local newspaper (usually free).
Other ideas – better yet, take out an ad in the paper or school newspaper. Put it in your church bulletins (usually free). Call the local radio station and have them make a community announcement (usually free)
Let me know when and where you are holding your troop open houses.