Iron Horse District Membershsip

Cub Scout School Night   Webelos Transition   Cub Scout Spring Recruitment

Boy Scout Troop Open House   Venturing Crew Open House   New Units

Recharter   Unit Inventories   Unit Membership Chair Resources

Membership Cycle   National BSA Recruitment   National BSA Marketing Hub

 

Christine O'Connor
Vice-Chair of Membership
 (913) 269-4042
christine.oconnor91@gmail.com

Cub Scout School Night

This is the largest annual recruitment campaign that each district and council conducts.  Cub Scouts is the entry point for almost every family in the Scouting program, so it is important that everyone plays a role in this campaign.  There is a role that every youth and adult in every Pack, Troop and Crew can play to bring new boys and families into Scouting.  Later this spring, more resources will be available to help you plan and execute your School Night program.

Webelos Transition

Webelos Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, and Unit Commissioners all play a key role in Webelos to Scout Transition.  Your goal should be to cross over 100% of your Webelos to a Boy Scout Troop.  For help with transitioning Webelos to a Boy Scout Troop, whether you are a Webelos Den Leader looking for Boy Scout resources or a Boy Scout leader looking to offer your troop events to Webelos Dens, please contact Ellen McGurk for resources on Webelos Transition.

Cub Scout Spring Recruitment

This annual campaign in March through May encourages Cub Scout Packs to conduct a recruitment effort in the spring.  While this effort may not be as formal as the School Night program, any Pack that is conducting a Spring Recruitment should promote a Pack event for new potential Cub Scouts to visit and sign-up at and be able to host these new Cub Scouts at scheduled monthly Pack events in the summer such as a swim party, fishing derby, family picnic, Scout Night at sports events, or other pack events.  For more information on Spring Recruitment, contact Nancy Rowland.  Nancy can help your Pack plan a recruitment event and coordinate support material such as flyers or postcards to help promote your recruitment event.

Boy Scout Troop Open House

Most Boy Scouts come from Webelos.  However, many Boy Scout Troops also actively recruit young men that were not Cub Scouts or who were once Cub Scouts.  They put on Open House events to recruit these young men into Boy Scouting.  Use some of these resources for your Troop as you plan your Troop Open House!

Venturing Crew Open House

There are some great resources available to your Venturing Crew to help put together an Open House to try to grow your Crew's youth participation.  We are available to help you with ordering or printing material for your event or identifying volunteers to help you out with your Open House if needed!

New Units

New units are an important part of growing Scouting in our community.  New units provide additional opportunities for young people to join Scouting.  There are organizations that are always looking at ways to involve youth in their program and promote long-term participation in their organizational aims and goals.  Organizations like churches, civic clubs, education alliances, or other types of organizations which are willing to use Scouting to further their aims and values and conduct the Scouting program consistent with BSA rules, regulations, and policies should be always be pursued to try to start a Scouting unit.

Recharter

Rechartering is a yearly process that each unit must do to renew its partnership with the BSA.  This is a key part of the membership cycle and ensures the continuity of Scouting units in the community to provide the opportunity of Scouting to all youth who want to participate in the program.  The Commissioners play a key role in rechartering.  Additional details on rechartering can be found on the Unit Service page in the Commissioner's section.

Unit Inventories

Regularly throughout the year, we ask all units to submit their unit-maintained roster to their Unit Commissioner or either Courtney Swope or Cortland Bolles at the Council Office so we can conduct a Unit Inventory on your unit roster.  This will allow us to cross-check your roster with our records and help identify if there are any youth participating in your unit that the Council does not show as registered with the BSA.  We will work with you to get those youth registered as soon as possible.  This will help make your recharter easier, keep council records more accurate, allow us to track advancement for those youth, and make sure they are covered under BSA insurance.

Unit Membership Chair Resources

Do you need some resources to help you as the Membership Chair for your Pack, Troop or Crew?  Click on these links below for some extra help and resources:

Yearly Membership Growth Planning Cycle

Month
Cub Scout Packs
Boy Scout Troops
Venturing Crews
Iron Horse District
January
Webelos Crossover
Den Chiefs
Webelos Crossover
Den Chiefs
Crew Open House
New Unit Prospecting
New Units Started
Webelos Crossover Tracking
Support Crew Open House
February
Webelos Crossover
Den Chiefs
Webelos Crossover
Den Chiefs
Crew Open House
New Unit Prospecting
New Units Started
Webelos Crossover Tracking
Support Crew Open House
Pack Spring Recruitment Planning
March
Spring Recruitment Planning
Den Chiefs
Troop Open House
Den Chiefs
Crew Open House
New Units Started
Pack Spring Recruitment Roll-out
Support Troop Open House
Support Crew Open House
April
Spring Recruitment Planning
Spring Recruitment Execution
Den Chiefs
Troop Open House
Den Chiefs
Crew Open House
New Units Started
Pack Spring Recruitment Execution
Support Troop Open House
Support Crew Open House
May
Spring Recruitment Execution
Den Chiefs
Troop Open House
Den Chiefs
Crew Open House
New Units Started
Pack Spring Recruitment Execution
Pack School Night Planning
Support Troop Open House
Support Crew Open House
June
School Night Planning
Day Camp
Bear Camp
Webelos Camp
Den Chiefs
Summer Camp
Den Chiefs
Major Crew Activity
New Unit Prospecting
Pack School Night Planning
July
School Night Planning
Day Camp
Bear Camp
Webelos Camp
Den Chiefs
Summer Camp
Den Chiefs
Major Crew Activity
New Unit Prospecting
Pack School Night Planning
August
School Night Planning
School Night Execution
Den Chiefs
Support Pack School Night Execution
Den Chiefs
Support Pack School Night Execution
New Units Started
Pack School Night Planning
Pack School Night Execution
September
School Night Execution
School Night Follow-up / Re-do's
Den Chiefs
Support Pack School Night Execution
Den Chiefs
Support Pack School Night Execution
New Units Started
Pack School Night Execution
Pack School Night Follow-up / Re-do's
October
After Sports Season Invites
Den Chiefs
Troop Open House
Den Chiefs
Crew Open House
New Units Started
Pack Recruitment Support
Webelos Transition Events
Support Troop Open House
Support Crew Open House
Recharter Preparations
November
After Sports Season Invites
Prepare for Recharter
Den Chiefs
Prepare for Recharter
Den Chiefs
Prepare for Recharter
New Unit Prospecting
New Units Started
Webelos Transition Support
Recharter Roll-out
December
Process and Submit Recharter
Den Chiefs
Process and Submit Recharter
Den Chiefs
Process and Submit Recharter
New Unit Prospecting
New Units Started
Webelos Transition Support
Recharter Completed