Cubmasters and Committee Chairs,
Can you believe it! We are 6 weeks away from school starting again and 4 weeks away from school registration! For those of you who do not know me, my name is Todd Sivia and I have been appointed as the Membership Chair for Cahokia Mounds District. I am an Eagle Scout was a fellow Cubmaster. I understand the demands on all of you to recruit new scouts. I am excited to work with you and try to increase your memberships. The District has placed a huge goal on me, which is increase the number of Scouts by 15% (750 new Scouts) and maintain a 90% retention. This means that recruitment needs to be planned ahead of time.
I am requesting that you take the following steps today:
- Form a committee for recruitment.
- Get permission at each school building to have people working at registration
- Assign shifts to those that can work school registration, if applicable (I know Highland has online registration, but if there is walk-in registration that day needs to be maned)
- Contact me and let me know who from the Pack I can get flyers to for Fall Recruitment for School Registration.
- We will also need a date for a community wide recruitment day. We ask that you work with other packs in the area to coordinate that date, time, and place.
Please note that if you have not selected your date, time, and place for your recruitment by July 15 and emailed to me, the district will select a date, time, and place for your recruitment date. On the community wide recruitment date, we ask that your calendar for the fall be completed with specific dates and time for meetings and dates and times of your den meetings. If you need assistance with that, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Kevin Buhr: Kevin.Buhr@scouting.org.
As part of recruitment, there are Scouts that your group views as “At-Risk” to losing because of sports or other activities that the Scout is involved with. The biggest cause of lost Scouts is sports. We ask that you reach out to those individuals within the next 2 weeks and invite them to the community recruitment night or invite them to attend another Pack Meeting in the community. Remember Scouting has no borders or territories, our main goal is recruiting children to participate in Scouting and becoming our future leaders. I ask that you send me a list of those individuals as well. We want every Scout parent to know and realize that there are multiple Packs in the area and that if Soccer/Baseball/Hockey is conflicting with Scouts that there are other Packs available for the child to join.
Fall Recruitment Campaign training
Recruitment & Program Planning resources are posted here: https://stlbsa.org/programs/recruitment/
- Program guide
- Pocket calendar
- Fall recruitment resources, including the training video
Todd W. Sivia
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Thank you for being a part of the program in 2016.
Because of the sale, we are able to provide a better Scouting program!
Scouting changes lives!
Get excited about the popcorn sale with new incentives and programs…
- Sign up before July 15th and get an RC Drone to promote the sale in your unit (distributed at the Popcorn Training dinners)
- Take advantage of unit order delivery (minimum unit sale required)
- Free unit tasting kit
- Free banner, posters, and unit kick-off kit
- More Scout incentives than ever before
- Cool piece patch for all Scouts
- Collectible St. Louis Cardinals’ tin
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Did you know we offer a second week discount at summer camp? Attend a week of Boy Scout or Venturer summer camp and get $100 off a second week of camp (excludes NYLT & Horse camp). Or, get $50 off a GSLAC camp if you spend a week at another council’s camp or high-adventure base.
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Do you have tickets for the Cardinals game that was rained out May 3? You can use those tickets to see the Cardinals in action on June 13 at 1:15 p.m.! Plus, Scouts and leaders can participate in a pre-game parade around the field!
Join us on June 13 at 6:30pm for Fall Recruitment Training streamed LIVE on the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (https://www.facebook.com/stlbsa) Facebook page. All leaders & parents helping this fall can watch!
Click the link to view a short photo slideshow from the camp:
Summer has just begun, and the Cub Scouts have exciting day camps to fill your days and evenings located in your community. Did you know? Scouts and their siblings get to participate in shooting sports, safe outdoor activities, make lasting friendships and increase life skills? There’s benefit for you too parents! Parents love our camp because of our national camp accreditation standards, safe and exciting activities for children, positive peer exposure, and so much more. Check out all of our 33 locations:
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