Getting Members for your new crew.
In order for a crew to be sustainable, they must continually draw in new members. Luckily, this isn’t a chore! A larger crew can lead to more activities and more fun! Often times, crews lose members as their youth grow older and either move to a different location or age out. One of the best ways to prevent this is to ensure that your crew membership always represents a variety of age groups. A crew that is constantly bringing in new members will not only positively impact more youth, but will also offer a better program to the Venturers already involved.
Research has shown that the best way to draw in new members is quite simple: talking to them! We call this peer-to-peer recruiting. Asking your friends to join you for an activity or event and try out Venturing is the heart of peer-to-peer recruiting. Sharing your experiences of the amazing adventures you’ve completed and posting exciting pictures on social media can definitely help to get the word out to your peers. To assist with this effort, a Venturing Recruiting Toolbox has been put together with helpful resources you may need to recruit new members. They are intended for an individual crew member to hand flyers or brochures to prospective members. Councils and crews may use these materials to promote recruitment.
Your crew may find it helpful to create a Recruiting Plan. One aspect of the plan is to design events that draw in new members. One of the requirements for the Pathfinder Award is actually to design a project that sustains and grows your crew! However, be sure to remember that recruitment is not a once-a-year experience. Your crew may have multiple open houses throughout the program year, or invite guests to many of your events. Crew sustainability and recruitment are ongoing responsibilities for your crew.