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008 - Richmond Tag Days Take 2

posted Nov 15, 2018, 1:04 AM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Aug 17, 2019, 11:32 PM ]
We have the rescheduled Tag Days event coming up from November 29 to December 2, 2018 and we thought we would send this out to help: 

What is Tag Days? 

Tag Days is where the cadets go out into the community in our full Service Dress Uniforms (No. 1), usually, in areas where there is a large amount of foot traffic. All cadets must sign up for, at least, one shift. Cadets may perform multiple shifts if they so desire. 
Remember, there are prizes for the cadets who make the most money from donations 

Why do we Tag? 
There are several reasons for this activity: 
  • To promote a positive awareness of the Navy League of Canada and our two Richmond/Delta Navy Corps: NLCC MJ Miller and RCSCC Bicknell.
    This aids us in recruiting new members for the Corps.
  • To educate the public regarding our youth programs.
  • To request monetary donations of passersby.
    This allows us to obtain new uniforms, have our Onboards (where we would all like to eat and drink), go on Tours and Training exercises (such as the Coast Guard Tour, Fire Hall Tour, and BCMD Training weekends), and outings in the community (Extreme Air, swimming, etc...). 
What do we wear for Tag? 

You will be wearing your full Dress Uniform (No.1). 

The No. 1 Uniform consists of the following items (all items to be worn unless otherwise specified): 
  • MJ Miller White Top (should be clean and white)
  • MJ Miller Dress Shirt (should be clean and ironed properly with all appropriate badges affixed)
  • Lanyard (if applicable)
  • MJ Miller Dress trousers (should be clean and ironed properly)
  • White Belt with Brass Buckle
  • MJ Miller Boots (clean and well polished)
  • MJ Miller Pea Coat 
If you are still cold wearing all of this, you may wear your NLCC MJ Miller T Shirt underneath your NLCC MJ Miller Dress Shirt. 
  • Your hair should be off your collar. If this is not the case, you will need to put your hair up in a bun. No ponytails. This includes both female and male cadets. 
If you have not yet been assigned a Dress Uniform, please wear a white shirt with collar, a black tie, black or dark blue dress trousers, black dress shoes, and a black or dark blue jacket.

Where will we be Tagging?

The Tag Day shifts vary from each Tagging period but will always be in Richmond or Delta. Some common examples of Tag locations are Richmond Center Mall (usually the front entrances by Tim Hortons and White Spot), London Drugs, Save on Foods/Price Smart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rona, etc...
These businesses have allowed us to Tag at their locations so it is very important that you stay where you are assigned and that you provide a positive experience for passersby.

You are to arrive at the Navy League Hall prior to your shift. The Officers and Branch members will assign you to a location at this time.

How do we arrive at the Tag locations?

Once you have been assigned a Tag location and been assigned a donation can, we enlist the use of Parent Volunteers to safely drive you to your Tag location and supervise.

How long are the Tag shifts?

The Tag shifts vary between three to four hours depending on the day.

Will they be Tagging alone?

No. The Navy League Cadets (NLCC MJ Miller) are usually paired with another Navy League Cadet and one or two Sea Cadets (from RCSCC Bicknell) to form a small group for support and safety.

What do we do for Tag?

You are our role model to other youth, parents, and members of the community. Your actions and manners should convey a positive attitude at all times.

Some helpful tips on Tagging:
  • Always be polite, cheerful, friendly, well-turned out, and attentive.
  • An opening line such as "Excuse me sir/ma'am, would you like to support the Navy League of Canada?” or something along those lines works well.
  • Do not forget your please and thank you and tell them to "Have a good day!
  • Keep in eye contact. If you can get them to look at you, there's a good chance they will donate.
  • Depending on the location; be helpful, whether or not people donate. Hold the door open for people especially the elderly or if someone is struggling with bags.
  • Ensure your dress and deportment are at your personal best. Do your Uniform the night before to make sure it looks great.
  • Remember that people will be looking at you. Slouching, looking bored, leaning against the wall or sitting down, gum chewing, horseplay, and swearing will turn people away, and make them less likely to donate.
  • Make sure to answer any questions honestly. People may be curious about who you are and what you do.
  • Stay hydrated. Ensure that you bring along and drink water throughout your shift.
  • And finally: Smile!! Being happy is contagious!
Do we take any breaks while Tagging?

Halfway through your shift, you may take a short break (15 minutes). During this time, you may sit down and rest but ensure that you are maintaining a positive attitude. If you take a break inside a Store or the Mall, you may not accept donations at this time. We can only take donations at the designated areas or we may not be able to return to this location in the future.

Do not leave your assigned location at any time!! We need to be able to find you, if required, in case of emergencies.

At the end of your shift, you must return to the Navy League Hall to drop off your donation can and sign out.

If there are any issues or problems, please inform your Parent Volunteer or call the Navy League Hall at 604-270-3231.

What is expected of the Parents, Volunteers, and Drivers?

We require and rely on the Parent, Volunteers, and Drivers to perform the following for these Tag Day events. Remember, these Tag Days are what keeps our costs down. Without these fundraisers, we may have to charge for other fun activities.
  • To drive the Cadets from the Navy League Hall to their Tag locations in a safe manner. You will be asked to provide a cell phone number where you can be reached in case of emergencies.
  • To make sure the Cadets are standing outside of their assigned Store locations, to make ensure the Cadets are not blocking the Store entrances, and that the Cadets are maintaining a positive attitude.
  • To periodically check up on the Cadets at their Tag locations.
  • To drive the Cadets from their Tag locations back to the Navy League Hall at the end of their Tag shift in a safe manner.
All Cadets must be returned to the Navy League Hall at the end of their shift to return their donation can and to sign out.

What Tag shifts are there?

There are usually five (5) shifts for Tag Days:
  • Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
You may pick one or more shifts to Tag at. Remember the more donations you make, the more likely you are to win a prize.

We thank you all for your help in this crucial activity!!!!