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Peer-to-Peer cards are in

Contact your district professional for a set of peer-to-peer cards to help your Scout group members recruit their friends. Studies show that youth who invite their friends have great success in recruiting new members.

   
   

Yard Signs help spread the word

Contact your district professional for a new Cub Scout or Scouts BSA themed yard sign and help spread the word of Scouting in your community.

   

Helpful Steps for Recruiting Success

 

STEP 1: Prepare

 
To successfully recruit new families, a well-planned and robust Pack program is crucial. Use the links here to complete your Pack’s annual “Ideal Year of Scouting” plan. Once your program is planned you can create a recruitment plan. Use the Idea Books below to work through your Fall recruitment plans.

 

Membership Plan

Online Registration How-To

BeAScout Pin Updates

Joining Event Plan

 
   

STEP 2: Invite & Promote

 
Successful recruitment happens when families have been invited to come. The most common response to “Why haven’t you joined Scouting” is “We’ve never been invited”. Many families see our posters, yard signs, and fliers but it does not equate to an invitation. Yes, they are important, but a personal invite is the most successful recruitment tool.  It is important to promote your recruitment events early and often. This requires that your recruitment events are scheduled with enough time to get the word out. Promotion of any recruitment should start 30 days before the event.  

Fliers, Posters & Signs

Peer to Peer cards

Online & Social Media

Marketing Your Unit with Social Media Calendar

 
Distribute flyers, posters and signs at schools, churches, community events, and public places. Contact your District Executive or fill out this form for assistance with a custom order: Download: Recruiting Material Request   
   

STEP 3: Enroll

 
It is important to promote your recruitment events early and often. This requires that your recruitment events are scheduled with enough time to get the word out. Promotion of any recruitment should start 30 days before the event. Use the Promotional Back Dater in Step 1 to get the word out.  

Sign Up Sheet 

In Person

BeAScout Leads & Invitation Manager Guidebook

BeScout.org Online Registration

 
   

STEP 4: Engage

 
It is important to engage new families quickly and consistently from the time they sign up. New families want to hear from you, and are excited to start their Scouting adventure. Make sure they get connected with their den and receive personal invites to meetings and activities. Use these resources to consistently engage with new families.  

Scoutbook - Parent Set Up Tutorial - video link

Welcome New Cub Scout Family - English   ♦   Welcome New Cub Scout Family - Spanish

Cub Onboarding Flier - editable & fillable

Family Talent Survey - Cub Scouts

Parent Talent Survey - Scouts BSA

Application Manager - video tutorial

 
   

STEP 5: Deliver

 
Now it’s time to Deliver the Promise. It is important that all the fun and adventure that new families were promised happens. Follow your annual program plan and calendar and ensure families are having fun. If you do this Scouts will continue in the program year after year and parents will lean in and volunteer. Membership recruitment is not an extra thing that should be done it is an essential to ensure growth and depth in your Scout unit.  

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Council Calendar

Family Fun Day (Sept. 16) ... Family Fun Day (Sept. 30) ... Family Fun Day May 2024 ... Scouts BSA Summer Camp ... Klondike ... Daycamp ... Adventure Camp ...

 
   

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Black Swamp Area Council
2100 Broad Avenue, Findlay Ohio
(419) 422-4356