No need to go all the way to Philmont and cough up $500.00 when if you Google "Millennial's Boy Scouts of America" the BSA already has several pdf's and power point presentations with information on the millennial demographic and what they supposedly are into.
According to their studies, these parents "want to be involved and want to volunteer". I personally would love to know where to find these people because if you look around at our den meetings, the parents are not really involved and are off somewhere in the sanctuary or outside on their phones or pads. I almost want to see if we can initiate in our pack something like what is happening at Chick Fil-A. http://inside.chick-...ing-the-phrase/.
Maybe if these parents can get the screen out of their face and actually see what all happens during meetings and camping they can see that help is needed. We have the same 5 or 6 people doing almost everything. Its ridiculous when we have a pack of over 40 boys. I have a crazy work schedule( like have to be at work everyday at 3am) just like everyone else yet I am doing way more than my "one hour a week". You are bringing your child for that one hour a week, why not actually get involved? Then there will be no one to b*tch about how slowly the pinewood derby is going or that its taking so long for meals to come out when we are camping. Or complaining about how much various activities cost for camping or other events. They fail to do any of the fundraisers.
These millennial's need a swift kick in the pants if you ask me. I almost have to wonder if the disconnect with them is the whole "vote" issue and they think that scouting is outdated and that they think that scouting will not have an impact on their child's life and they won't learn anything useful.
So I did Google as you suggested. There was of course a fair amount of fluff, but there was also some good stuff.
One of the power points seemed to address the challenge you were having about getting folks to help out.
We know Millennials want to help –
èbut, they need to be asked
è-remember they are accustomed to being scheduled by their parents.
èExpect volunteering to be a collaborative effort
èThey want to be involved in the planning stages–
èAccustomed to structure –
èneed to know what is expected of them, when it is expected, and why it is expected
Don’t handle open-ended job assignments well - they don’t do as well if left alone to make it happen
This has been my experience, and not just with Millennials. If you don't specifically ask for help at all, people assume you don't need it. If you stand in the front of the room, or send out an email, asking for volunteers you'll get the usual suspects.
If you want people to help you, ask them personally to do a specific task. Tell them exactly what you want and when you want it: "John, we need fifty balloons for the Pack meeting. Could you please pick them up, bring them to the meeting, and then get three other people to help you blow them up so they're ready by 7."
"Mary, this word search is our gathering activity for the den meeting. As people come in could you make sure each scout has a sheet and a crayon and sits at the table and works on it. You could probably ask Maria to help you."
When I used to take my kids to baseball or hockey practice I didn't automatically assume I was going out on the ice or the field unless I was asked specifically to do so.
It is similar to what we try teaching the scouts. When my PLs complain that nobody's doing any work I ask them where their duty roster is and who is actually assigned to the task they're moaning about.