Greetings from your Kingdom Chatelaine, Giovanna!
I have been reading a bunch of fantastic posts on social media regarding Newcomers and ways to recruit them and get them more engaged in your local groups. I wanted to share some of these ideas with all of you!
Some of my (and your!!!) suggestions:
- Find ways to give Newcomers hands-on experiences as much as possible! Help them find ways to create things and participate with you!
- Give Newcomers opportunities to retain, sit at head table and be involved in the WOW factor the SCA provides.
- Give Newcomers opportunities to make friends within the Society in a non-SCA setting (like bowling, movie nights, laser tag, etc.). This allows them to make connections without some of the initial belts, coronets, medallions, questions that the SCA can immediately generate.
- If you have friends, family, co-workers that are not yet in the SCA, start there! They are often the easiest people to recruit and the easier to retain in the Society!
- When recruiting, bring lots of great colorful photos to show on a variety of the SCA’s activities. Make sure you have available good marketing materials which might include business cards, brochures, bookmarks – all with the information on your local group’s website, Facebook, and contact information.
- Also when recruiting, match your recruiters with the type of people you are recruiting (i.e., college students when recruiting at a college!).
- Once you have Newcomers, make sure you stay in contact with them. Send them emails occasionally with upcoming activities and events. Encourage them to stay connected on social media. Utilize Facebook event pages! Remember what it was like when you were a Newcomer. Listen to what they have to say and what they are interested in.
- Try to help them get started this way. Do not tell them everything! They will learn as they go along. We do not want to overwhelm them!
- At events, try to help Newcomers feel oriented. Give tours! Match them with someone who could take them around the event, explain different things to them, and answer questions.
- Offer them opportunities to learn about the SCA from workshops, classes, handouts, videos, etc. But again, let them be self-directed.
As always, please feel free to contact me with thoughts, questions or ideas.