13 Rush Event Ideas That Will Increase Recruitment Numbers
Over-the- top rush events are not necessarily the best ones. They may be fun for current members, but potential new members will not experience the one-on-one interactions that will ultimately help them decide which fraternity to join. After all, you want to get along with your brothers, right?
In order to plan the best rush events, it's best to keep in mind that interaction is key. Having a few parties is always a good thing, but having too many will prevent you from getting to know the guys you want to bid. So stick with quieter events that foster conversations and allow for quality interactions.
If you're interested in learning about the best rush event ideas, follow along! We've compiled a list of events that are guaranteed to increase recruitment numbers for this next rush season.
Top Rush Event Ideas
We're starting it off chill here. Barbeques can be the perfect setting to get to know others. If you make it fraternity-wide, rushes will have enough people to talk to, and they will never get bored. They can have enough time to find guys they relate to most and start creating relationships. Also, who doesn't love a good burger?
2. Beach or pool day
Now this idea may not work for those who live inland or in places that are far too cold for beaches, but if you're lucky enough to live near one, this is a near-perfect rush event. Rushes can be shown a good time without spending tons of your rush budget and in a situation that still allows for good conversation. The road trip there is also bound to create lasting memories.
If you live inland but in a warm climate, a good alternative is a pool day. You can couple it with a barbeque if you want to go all out, too!
3. Game night
This event is guaranteed to be remembered by both current members and rushes. A good idea is to set aside one room in the chapter house per game, so people can jump from game to game throughout the night. Having about 10 games is a safe bet for a good night. You can include anything from poker to blackjack to Cards Against Humanity. You could even break out some fun board games like Win, Lose or Draw.
4. College games
If your school is big on school spirit, take your rushes to a game! Have everyone meet up at the chapter house to hang out before the game and walk over together. Sporting games are great ways to meet other guys and get a sense of what their interests are.
If your rush budget allows it, this is one of the best events you can plan. No one will turn down a free concert, so this event is guaranteed to increase attendance numbers. Holding this event towards the end of rush is also a good idea since you can invite only those who have connected well with the fraternity to seal the deal. Check out some concerts near you for options!
6. Professional sporting events
Baseball, basketball and football events are all fun events for rushes. They're long enough to be worth the ticket price for everyone and still allow for conversation. Your fraternity will make such a great impression that you'll have rushes running back for more.
7. Dorm move-in
If you want to start recruitment early on, it's not a bad idea to look at the incoming class and scout for some potential rushes. Once you have an idea of who you're looking for, head out on move-in day with a team, and help some guys move in. You'll be likely to attract caring and attentive rushes who are mirroring your actions, which is never a bad thing.
8. Formal events
The best final event you could hold is a formal dinner or dance. Rushes will have the opportunity to invite dates to a nice event, dress up and enjoy a good meal or dance. This can provide an opportunity to see how the rushes "clean up" and behave in a formal setting. These events also make lasting memories and can become ceremonial for a fraternity.
9. A themed party
Rush is never complete without at least one party. It gives you the opportunity to access how each rush behaves in social situations, with other rushes, with current members and with women or men. Understanding a rush's personality in social situations can help you decide whether or not you'd want him to join your fraternity.
10. Golf outing
Skip watching sports on the sidelines in favor of playing them! Golf outings create a perfect balance between game time and talk time. You can have a great day not just playing but getting to know the guys in the process. If your fraternity prides itself on being higher on the totem pole than others, a golf outing is a great move to preserve that image.
11. Alumni day
Inviting alumni to the chapter house one day out of the year can be a great way to get the older guys involved. Expect them to tell the rushes great stories about their time at the fraternity and give their input on each one. The rushes will be excited to ask them questions and will likely be engaged and attentive.
It's best to set up some games for the night to break the ice. Holding it during homecoming is also a great way to increase alumni turnout since a lot of them are on campus at that time.
12. Study nights
If you want to showcase your brotherhood, it's never a bad idea to set up study nights to help freshman rushes with their introductory courses. Setting up mentoring programs or open study hours at the chapter house are both great ways to implement this. This type of brotherhood event shows rushes one of the many benefits of joining a fraternity.
13. Traditions night and goodie event
This event consists of a night during which rushes can be exposed to some of the fraternity's traditions (save the super-secret ones for later). Knowing a bit about what they're getting themselves into can increase the chances they'll end up pledging.
Giving out goodies at this event, like sunglasses, hats, or T-shirts, can also boost recruitment as rushes are more likely to join a frat they have of its merchandise. It's best to hold this at the very end of rush to give out goodies only to the best of the best.
14. Movie night
You may want to get to know rushes by inviting them to the house or somewhere on campus to watch a movie. Choose a fun movie, get some popcorn and snacks, and hang out for a bit. This is another one that's good for the end of rush season, as you can invite a smaller group of guys.
Rush can be an exciting time for both current members and rushes. Making it as fun as possible with these rush event ideas will guarantee better recruitment numbers and an overall positive experience.
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