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Recruiting & Retaining Youth Recruiting & Retaining Youth

Objectives • Develop a successful recruiting program • Elements of a Crew Open House Objectives • Develop a successful recruiting program • Elements of a Crew Open House • Role of VP-Admin in recruiting youth members • Tools for retaining youth

Why Recruit? Why Recruit?

Recruiting Tools • Venturing Activity Interest Survey • Publicity & Promotion • Personal Contacts Recruiting Tools • Venturing Activity Interest Survey • Publicity & Promotion • Personal Contacts • Marketing Visits

Activity Interest Survey • Council or district sponsored • Identifies youth with Venturing-type interests Activity Interest Survey • Council or district sponsored • Identifies youth with Venturing-type interests in local area • Crew president or COR should write a personal invitation to visit • Open House or Activity • Follow up invitation with a phone call

Publicity & Promotion • After school meeting • Notice & posters in school, church, Publicity & Promotion • After school meeting • Notice & posters in school, church, teen center, student union • Radio public service announcements • Newspaper articles • Notices in outdoor stores • Promotional spots on school TV systems

Personal Contact • Friends invite friends • • • Shared interests and goals Already Personal Contact • Friends invite friends • • • Shared interests and goals Already a sense of belonging Helps overcome fear of something new • Most successful recruiting tool

Marketing & Demonstrations • • • Scout troops Youth groups Service clubs Scout shows Marketing & Demonstrations • • • Scout troops Youth groups Service clubs Scout shows Junior Leader Training Order of the Arrow events • • • Camp staff Scout shows Youth leadership camp Eagle courts of honor University of Scouting Municipal service events

Recruiting Tips • Make visitors feel welcome & included • Follow up the visit Recruiting Tips • Make visitors feel welcome & included • Follow up the visit with a phone call • Or other personal contact (school, church, etc) • Include them in an activity • Avoid jokes about initiation or hazing • Advisor call or visit prospective member’s parents

Crew Open House • Exciting, enthusiastic, energetic program • Primary purpose is recruit new Crew Open House • Exciting, enthusiastic, energetic program • Primary purpose is recruit new members • Also, encourage current Venturers and kick off the new program year • Keys to successful Open House: • Greeting • Icebreaker • “What is Venturing” • “About our crew” • Past Programs • Invitation to join • Activity • Registration & followup

Be Innovative…Be Bold! • Hands-on program • Pictures = 1000 words • Try something Be Innovative…Be Bold! • Hands-on program • Pictures = 1000 words • Try something related to your crew: • “Discover Scuba” event • Skeet or rifle shoot • Rappel off meeting place • Water sports & picnic • Accident scenario • First impressions are lasting impressions

Role of VP-Admin • Primary responsibility for recruiting new members • • • Develops Role of VP-Admin • Primary responsibility for recruiting new members • • • Develops a recruiting plan Promotes the crew Follows up with members who seem to be losing interest • Usually the chair for the Open House • Recruits a committee to help plan & conduct • Conducts the Reflection afterwards

Tools for Retention • Program, program!!!! • Meets youths’ desires and needs • Exciting, Tools for Retention • Program, program!!!! • Meets youths’ desires and needs • Exciting, fun, challenging • Supportive & welcoming environment • Safe, inclusive, positive • Capable youth planning, preparing, & leading crew’s program • Leads to youth ownership • Caring & supportive adults • Coaches & mentors

Jamie S. – Crew 2000 “Recruiting never stops and the program sells itself if Jamie S. – Crew 2000 “Recruiting never stops and the program sells itself if you get the message out. ”

Summary • Recruiting is a continual process • New youth members are vital to Summary • Recruiting is a continual process • New youth members are vital to the vitality and longevity of the Crew • Personal invitations are the most effective method • VP-Admin is the key leader in the recruiting process • Youth leadership = ownership = retention