I just wanted to start a discussion on the effectiveness of various recruiting methods that are used in the district. I'll start with three methods I've heard so far.
1. The traditional "Boy Talk" at school, followed by Kick off Meeting.
2. Use the parent network at school, (PTA, PTO), to contact a family or families in Kindergarten that might be interested in scouts. Have them work the network of families to form one or more tiger dens in the spring.
3. Use the informal email/facebook networks at school to solicit families that might be interested in scouts.
Method 2 has shown to be successful to recruit in especially smaller educational settings that have strong programs.
Method 3 also works well to communicate more personally with the families. The packs I've talked to like the fact that they can sustain their enrollment easily and they feel all families are contacted.
As a note: Methods 2 and 3 have shown to be successful especially when the cub scouts and parents like the activities and the organization of the group and therefore want to join.
Please add your notes and ideas for effective recruiting below. Feel free to add any concerns or areas for improvement.