They come on a PT day, and they have to stand there and watch PT and not participate. They come on a drill day, and it's boring.
Guess what: cadets already in CAP feel exactly the same. If cadets spend 2 hours doing drill, they're bored. If a visitor watches 2 hours of drill, they're bored. It goes hand-in-hand.
If you have to explain to a visitor, "I swear, not every meeting is like this," you're doing something wrong, because you subjected your current members to a "meeting like this."
I think people fail to remember that membership has two components: Recruiting AND Retention. Okay, you got them in the door. Now, how are you going to get them to stay?
Excellent points - last night we had three cadets who showed up as visitors last minute, two were friends of cadets who were also very new.
After announcements, a short video on rocketry, and one promotion, they went outside and did some general drill (guests as well), then our senior NCO held a uniform inspection
(which admittedly took too long) while our Flight CC took his Earhart online test.
The cadets broke up into two groups, one participating in a LAG, the others making up an element for a practical drill test, then the evening concluded with CDI, followed by
any number of ad hoc conversations about a number of things as members needed (we get shooed right at 2100 by the airport).
Sounds like too much drill, but it was a lot of moving pieces and spirit with a lot accomplished for several cadets.
Seniors meanwhile held a Finance meeting and prepped the docs for a few things (while also
discussing whatever was handy as always).
It always amazes me how short the meetings are and how much we can get done, even though it's never enough time for everything we'd like to do.
The last few meetings have had a lot of energy, which to me is infectious and would serve us well for guests, regardless of what we're actually doing.