If you’re knee deep in Scouting and have volunteers and parents lining up around the block to staff your Pack with all the adult help it could possibly want, then carry on!
But if you are knee deep in Scouting and often struggle to find new leaders to help guide your Cub Scouts from their first “go-see-it” to their final cross over ceremony into Boy Scouts, then keep reading!
We listened to April’s CubCast episode on cultivating new leaders and found inspiration, and some very helpful do’s and don’ts when recruiting and cultivating new leaders into the exciting world of Cub Scouting. We distilled some very helpful points we heard about getting the right Tiger Den leader for your Pack, and thought this top-ten list might be helpful for some of you as well.
Ten Dos and Don’ts to finding that perfect Den Leader
1. Reach Out
Tap the brains of the folks in your community, in your Pack, and in neighboring packs. Ask around and you’ll be surprised what insights you might find.
2. Be Discerning
Don’t just go into a room of people ask “who wants to be a Tiger leader?” Not any warm body will do when it comes to instilling in young Tiger Scouts the joy and thrill of Scouting.
When you meet all the parents, look for the natural leaders to emerge. Keep your eagle eye sharp and focus on those parents who might be looking for an opportunity to get more involved, too.
Research potential leaders from school teachers, community events, sports programs, and religious leaders. Many of them might already be doing great things, and could really dive into Cub Scouts with both feet!
Keep in mind you want to refresh the unit’s talent and grow and develop leaders as well as boys, so it’s important to go after those parents and volunteers you think will rise to the occasion.
Start with small asks – Committee positions are great for new leaders, especially first year parents and could really be a great intro to learn about the program so they can lead their own Den later!
Leverage Technology – calendars, email, social media, etc. Incorporate a sharing experience and reach your volunteers where they are, on the devices they use. In other words, make Scouting accessible to socially connected, on-the-go parents.
8. Be Proactive
Don’t get comfortable with the excellent leaders you might currently have. The future is unwritten and change happens. Whether it’s a move, a retirement, a graduation to Boy Scouts or something else entirely, it’s great to keep a talent pipeline in the works.
It’s handy to keep a mental ‘Skills Inventory’ to get an idea to what a parent’s skills, hobbies and interests are. Tapping their interests and talents into your Scouting program is a great way to include parents and use their gifts to elevate the Pack’s experience.
Take a Friend to roundtable! It really can be that easy, sometimes. Roundtable is a great and informative intro to Scouting that might just click with a potential volunteer. So be bold and take them with you!
As your Pack prepares to transition, keep in mind that the introduction of the new Cub Scout Adventure Program can also be a great way to engage new parents, reengage experienced parents to get them excited about the new hands on approach that the new program has.
The entire episode is great, and worth a listen if you are on the hunt for some great Scout leaders.