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Recruiting Cadets to a new Detachment - any ideas?

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#1
I am about to be appointed as a DC in a new Det. One of the major issues is recruitment - we have 2 cadets at the moment.

We have a plan which will involve leafleting, posters in schools/shops/community centres, setting up stands on Sat in local population centres etc. The obvious.

I'd be interested to hear any other ideas that have worked for anyone else.
 
#4
Agreed with the previous poster that talking at assemblies has a noticable impact, especially if you can get poster-sized pictures of cadets doing the more photogenic activities. Also having some decent leaflets and posters printed out to leave with the head of year.

Open evenings are also useful with the cadets demonstrating a range of activities, including some for the potential recruits to get involved in - playing battleships over radios, applying cam-cream etc.
 
#5
Free iPods?

Or if you want to be old school send the drummers and 'cruiting Sgts out!!!!
 
#6
You when you see kids playing or out with parents you should chat to them. Badger them in to comming and agree to pick them up in the minibus on the day as many might argree to shut you up. Then turn up and at set time and tell parents they agreed and you have driven for miles missing the birth of your kitten and your dogs funneral to be there on time as agreed. The parents will feel oblidged to let them go.
 
#7
I helped on quite a few ACF open evenings when I was Recruiting in the ACIO by getting thr RRT's involved aswell. I know there for Regular recruiting but if they can get to the area can pass on information about the new detachments. The best place however is the schools, get permission to go into the local school for the catchment area with some senior cadets with their kit and chat to the kids during the lunch time. Then organise an evening open day once again use cadets from your other areas to get parents in and see what could happen if they join ACF. IMHO the leaflet thing is a waste of money as most people will throw in the bin so get some hands on activities and show the future kids and parents what you can do.
 
#9
The_IRON said:
IMHO the leaflet thing is a waste of money as most people will throw in the bin so get some hands on activities and show the future kids and parents what you can do.
I should have been clearer - leaflets useful to give to the head of year for when pupils ask him or her for more info about cadets. Pupils have invariably forgotten details after the assembly presentation, so having a leaflet which sets out range of activities, age limits, cost, contact details, details of open evenings, website address etc will easily answer their questions. Only interested pupils are given the leaflets, so not a waste IMO.
 
#11
find out if there is a local event of fetes or miltary type events, get permission and set up a small stand or Army Tent if you are lucky, with Cadet applying Cam cream for free to any guests for free as an alternative to face painting that do frequent these events, Cadets talking about themselves, Posters of Cadets doing activities, few military bits and bobs that will survive abuse, maybe some drill thrown in and getting the visitors to join in marching.

one thing I may add as well, it is wise to tell them fully what they are getting involved in, that it is not a Boy Scout type organisation, Its a Disciplined Organisation with an empathises on Military Training, let them know as much as we give discipline and direction also mention that in return for taking part they must also develop and show Self Discipline, that way, you won't be wasting time with unsuitable recruits who may be better off in a Youth club or a Scout organisation, ACF is not for everybody, different strokes for different people and all that.

once you get quality Cadets in, you can start building up an NCO cadre and then you got a good start to the Det.
 
#12
I've done a recruiting talk at a local school, who wanted an ACF detachment, and it went down a storm. My mate is the OC and he is looking to do another talk in January. One of our units has two recruit intakes a year to avoid the dribs and drabs and this seems to work really well too. It all depends on your location to be honest. Word of mouth can be quite good as well. Good luck mate!!
 
#15
semper said:
find out if there is a local event of fetes or miltary type events, get permission and set up a small stand or Army Tent if you are lucky, with Cadet applying Cam cream for free to any guests for free as an alternative to face painting that do frequent these events, Cadets talking about themselves, Posters of Cadets doing activities, few military bits and bobs that will survive abuse, maybe some drill thrown in and getting the visitors to join in marching.

one thing I may add as well, it is wise to tell them fully what they are getting involved in, that it is not a Boy Scout type organisation, Its a Disciplined Organisation with an empathises on Military Training, let them know as much as we give discipline and direction also mention that in return for taking part they must also develop and show Self Discipline, that way, you won't be wasting time with unsuitable recruits who may be better off in a Youth club or a Scout organisation, ACF is not for everybody, different strokes for different people and all that.

once you get quality Cadets in, you can start building up an NCO cadre and then you got a good start to the Det.
I would steer well clear of putting cam cream on people unless you have correct risk assessments and disclaimers for the ones your applying it to. Ive known a few RRTs in the past who nearly came a cropper with parents wanting to sue the MOD over dry cleaning bills and also kids have allergic reactions against cam cream. It can be dodgy ground putting it on kids who are not cadets without parents consent.
 
#16
The_IRON said:
semper said:
find out if there is a local event of fetes or miltary type events, get permission and set up a small stand or Army Tent if you are lucky, with Cadet applying Cam cream for free to any guests for free as an alternative to face painting that do frequent these events, Cadets talking about themselves, Posters of Cadets doing activities, few military bits and bobs that will survive abuse, maybe some drill thrown in and getting the visitors to join in marching.

one thing I may add as well, it is wise to tell them fully what they are getting involved in, that it is not a Boy Scout type organisation, Its a Disciplined Organisation with an empathises on Military Training, let them know as much as we give discipline and direction also mention that in return for taking part they must also develop and show Self Discipline, that way, you won't be wasting time with unsuitable recruits who may be better off in a Youth club or a Scout organisation, ACF is not for everybody, different strokes for different people and all that.

once you get quality Cadets in, you can start building up an NCO cadre and then you got a good start to the Det.
I would steer well clear of putting cam cream on people unless you have correct risk assessments and disclaimers for the ones your applying it to. Ive known a few RRTs in the past who nearly came a cropper with parents wanting to sue the MOD over dry cleaning bills and also kids have allergic reactions against cam cream. It can be dodgy ground putting it on kids who are not cadets without parents consent.
fair point , I hadn't considered that aspect, the last time attended a similar thing, which I didn't organise BTW, the Cadets were putting Cam cream on the Kids as it was free etc and was very popular, in some case Parents were present in other its just a group of Kids out for the day, I haven't heard of any complaints, its a sign of the times unfortunatly that People think they will make a few bob out of compo claims, its going to be an Administrative nightmare to having the Kids and Parent signing forms before applying Creams, wonder what the animal Face painters do to cover themselves and what risk assesment if any they did.

such a shame as it was very popular.
 
#17
semper said:
The_IRON said:
semper said:
find out if there is a local event of fetes or miltary type events, get permission and set up a small stand or Army Tent if you are lucky, with Cadet applying Cam cream for free to any guests for free as an alternative to face painting that do frequent these events, Cadets talking about themselves, Posters of Cadets doing activities, few military bits and bobs that will survive abuse, maybe some drill thrown in and getting the visitors to join in marching.

one thing I may add as well, it is wise to tell them fully what they are getting involved in, that it is not a Boy Scout type organisation, Its a Disciplined Organisation with an empathises on Military Training, let them know as much as we give discipline and direction also mention that in return for taking part they must also develop and show Self Discipline, that way, you won't be wasting time with unsuitable recruits who may be better off in a Youth club or a Scout organisation, ACF is not for everybody, different strokes for different people and all that.

once you get quality Cadets in, you can start building up an NCO cadre and then you got a good start to the Det.
I would steer well clear of putting cam cream on people unless you have correct risk assessments and disclaimers for the ones your applying it to. Ive known a few RRTs in the past who nearly came a cropper with parents wanting to sue the MOD over dry cleaning bills and also kids have allergic reactions against cam cream. It can be dodgy ground putting it on kids who are not cadets without parents consent.
fair point , I hadn't considered that aspect, the last time attended a similar thing, which I didn't organise BTW, the Cadets were putting Cam cream on the Kids as it was free etc and was very popular, in some case Parents were present in other its just a group of Kids out for the day, I haven't heard of any complaints, its a sign of the times unfortunatly that People think they will make a few bob out of compo claims, its going to be an Administrative nightmare to having the Kids and Parent signing forms before applying Creams, wonder what the animal Face painters do to cover themselves and what risk assesment if any they did.

such a shame as it was very popular.
Way round it if your going in a school is advertise it beforehand and give out proforma to kids attending with parental consent. When I had RRT's going to either schools or Cadet detachments I always used to get signed consents outlining activities and possibility of cam and getting dirty sowear old clothes. If its a fete or stand have a written disclaimer with chart underneath to add name and parent can sign it to say your allowed (that way your covered).
 
#18
If you are going to try get into schools (darned good idea by the way) do think about preparing a really good Powerpoint presentation so you can show off lots of pictures of activities etc quickly, including plenty of AT as well as the more military activities. Most schools are able to set up a large screen and projector in a school hall, and the visual impact counts for far more than some visitor droning away at the front. You'll find that many of those who have to take assemblies regularly are only too pleased to have a good reason for letting someone else take one!
 
#19
Sod powerpoint, concentrate on getting some of the more attractive and/or loose girls in to the det, the lads will follow naturaly.
 
#20
abeaumont said:
If you are going to try get into schools (darned good idea by the way) do think about preparing a really good Powerpoint presentation so you can show off lots of pictures of activities etc quickly, including plenty of AT as well as the more military activities. Most schools are able to set up a large screen and projector in a school hall, and the visual impact counts for far more than some visitor droning away at the front. You'll find that many of those who have to take assemblies regularly are only too pleased to have a good reason for letting someone else take one!
Talk to your HQ re the new brand manual (shipped about September) which contains CDs with posters, huge photo library, powerpoint templates, cards, leaflets, etc, that are professionally produced. Saves time, good results.
 

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