As we enter into the cross over season, I got a very nice surprise. Just to set the table, my troop is going into it’s fifth year. The first 2 years, we only recruited from one pack, our “brother” pack, the pack that is chartered with the same CO as us. NOTE – Still looking for a good term for that, I really hate the term “feeder” pack. If you have any thoughts, feel free to put them in the comments.
Well, after the first 2 years of recruiting a couple of Scouts to the troop, another pack called and asked if they could set up a visit. In that den was 6 boys, and 2 of them joined our Troop. The next year, the 2 packs, 4363 and 4039, allowed me to recruit again, and the Troop got 9 Scouts, plus one Scout’s brother who was in another Troop. We also got one Scout from the other pack that is in our school district.
This pack, for as long as I have been involved in Scouting, hadn’t really used what I would call a true Webelos to Scout transition program. Their Scouts typically went to another troop, a troop that is in our school district and recruits from the same schools.In the past 4 years of recruiting, I have been trying to get my foot in the door when it comes to recruiting from that pack. The Cubmaster was the leader of that pack, and for whatever reason, didn’t believe in troop shopping or looking at other units that are out there…just sending the Scouts to this one troop. Each pack does it their own way, and this is how they operate.
The other day, I got an email from a Den Leader who was looking to set up a troop visit with our troop. This den leader is from that other Cub pack in our school district, the one that I have been trying to recruit from. Without looking a gift horse in the mouth, I got to wonder why now? But, like I said, gift horse…not gonna worry about why they reached out, just going to put on a solid program, like normal.
So, we traded a couple of emails back and forth about dates to visit. I welcomed them to any and all meetings, but let the leader know that some may not be very exciting, especially since one is a PLC and another is our OA elections. But, they were still welcome to come.
We set up for them to visit on the 21st, but, then snow-maggedon hit, and we had to cancel the troop meeting for the first time in 5 years because of the weather. For whatever reason, we’ve always made it to every meeting, through cold, snow, wind and rain…but they let the students out of school, and almost every evening activity in NE Wisconsin was canceled. We will get them in, soon, and see what we can do to assist them on their journey to Boy Scouts.
In my next post, I will go into a bit more about recruiting and what I do in regards to the Webelos to Scout Transition program, or as I like to say, W2S.