WHY DID YOU JOIN THE CHAPTER? #1 Answer Personal invite!!
WHAT DID THE CHAPTER OFFER YOU? Friendship, the number one answer! The desire to go camping more Traveling with a group Activities / Locations NO DIFFERENT TODAY!
WHY ARE CHAPTERS DYING OFF? Refusal to get new members
WHEN YOU JOINED THE CHAPTER WHAT WAS YOUR STATION IN LIFE? 1.Young 2.Old 3.Married 4.Single 5.With children 6.With grandchildren 7.Starting out 8.Retiring 9.First camper 10.Able to tell stories
REACH OUT TO NEW PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS Do your homework!! ???????????????? Do you know your chapters camping schedule? Do you know the chapter presidents e-mail address? NO Then have a Flyer or a Newsletter with you Plan an event Learn how to answer the question: WHY?
IF YOU ARE STILL NOT CONVINCED… Fly this ASK ME
STILL NOT CONVINCED? Create a membership Chapter! You can form a membership chapter. Its easy. Just use existing Good Sam Chapter members, State Staff, anyone you know that is passionate about Good Sam. Give them the tools they need (i.e. a stack of Samboree forms, business cards etc.)
LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE CHAPTER ALIVE Do not become a stagnant chapter Do interesting things together Try different locations for camping Choose themes for chapter campouts
Make it FUN to go on a chapter campout Mix up the activities, i.e. Take a tour Visit a museum Go play miniature golf together Play board games Have a contest Do survivor games Have a squirt gun battle Plan a scavenger hunt
Now we have added more reasons for keeping your chapter alive: Adopting a Camping World Store Being there for Open House Being there for Grill Fest Working the Good Sam kiosk Earning money for the State Organization Helping out at Regional Rallies Helping to promote Good Sam branded items
USE Facebook My Space Twitter Other internet sites HOW DO WE ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN CHAPTERS?
HELP! EVERYBODY CAMPING AROUND ME IS UNDER 30! Encourage young couples to form their own chapters Base the chapter on things they like: Bike riding Camping at amusement parks Hiking Local festivals Find out what their interests are. BUILD that chapter up!!!
WE HAVE MADE IT EASIER We made it easier for a new chapter to get started by doing away with the requirement that they have by-laws. YEAH!!!
CHALLENGE OTHER CHAPTERS Create a contest See which Chapter brings in the most members Give an award Capture and turn in evidence of volunteerism
USE OUTSIDE SOURCES RV shows Dealers Special events
Chapters are the building blocks of Good Sam Dont give up !