A 2014 Journey to Excellence Silver District
Cub Scout School Night Kick-Off
Cub Scout Pack School Night Coordinators should plan to join us on the following dates to start your efforts toward recruiting more boys in the Scouting program this coming fall:
The School Night Timeline will be a very helpful resource for you to have this year to keep your pack on target for a successful School Night program this fall!
These Unit Coordinator Kick-Offs will held Packs learn about using and implementing many different resources for promoting your Pack effectively and often to increase awareness of Cub Scouts to increase your chances of registering more new boys and families to your Pack than you may typically register! We will also roll-out some of the innovative approaches that the Heart of America Council is trying this year to supplement your Pack efforts at growing Cub Scouting!
School Night Presenters should put this date in their calendar to find out the latest information about making an effective presentation to families that show-up to join Cub Scouts at a School Night presentation:
- School Night Unit Presenter Kick-Off – August 4, 7:00 p.m., Colonial Presbyterian, 12501 W 137th St, Overland Park
Anyone who is a School Night Presenter and/or Mentor should join us to find out what is new in the School Night Presentation and how to successfully increase the percentage of families finishing the sign-up process and turning in their applications for their boys to join Cub Scouts that night!
Council Membership Growth Resources
Youth membership is the key to your success as a unit. Without youth participating in your Pack, Troop, Team, or Crew, there's not much reason to have a Scouting unit. Without youth joining your unit, there aren't as many parents you can involve to run a fun and exciting program for your youth. Fortunately, there are many resources available at the council and national level which you can use to make the job of promoting your unit, attracting youth and adults to your unit and registering new people to your unit easier. These resources are freely available to you at anytime throughout the year! For a list of these resources available to you, go to HOAC Recruitment Resources. Links to many of the available national resources are included on the HOAC Recruitment Resources page.
Cub Scout Spring Recruitment
Cub Scout Packs that are interested in getting a jump-start on membership growth and/or offering some really awesome summertime programs should make sure to hold a recruitment event this spring. This may not be as formal as the School Night you hold this fall, but it's a great way to invite some new boys and families into your Pack to participate in your ice cream social, bike rodeo, swim party, Scout Night at the T-Bones, Day Camp, pack hike, or any other summer activities you do! Who knows, you might recruit a new leader out of this program too! For more information, contact Nancy Rowland, Cortland Bolles, or Elisa Corry.
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. Want to know more about the specific responsibilities for a pack or troop? Click here.
Cliff Ogle, Webelos-to-Scout Transition Chair works hard to maintain regular records and tracking of all Webelos to ensure that each and every boy that wants to join a troop and continue his Scouting journey can do so. His knowledge can be an invaluable resource to Webelos, Boy Scouts and leaders to keep every possible youth in Scouting.
For additional support information about Webelos-to-Scout Transition, download the RTH Webelos-to-Scout Transition Information Guide.
For information about Pack contacts if you are a Boy Scout Troop leader seeking to invite Webelos to your Troop or Troop contacts if you are a Cub Scout Pack leaders seeking to learn more about local Troops for you Webelos, please email Cortland Bolles or Elisa Corry for a database of leader contact information.
William D. Boyce New Unit Organizer Award
Red-Tailed Hawk is always looking for new Chartered Partners and New Units to grow Scouting. If you are interested in getting your Organization involved in outdoor programs and teaching youth to making ethical decisions over their lifetime then contact one of our Scouting Professionals or Red-Tailed Hawk Membership Chair to get involved.
If you help start a new Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or Venturing Crew, you can earn the William D. Boyce New Unit Organizer Award.
Troop Open House
The Boy Scout troop open house allows a troop to swing open its doors and roll out the red carpet to welcome guests. It provides a forum to show off Scouting activities and the troop's accomplishments. It is an effective tool to reach youth who have never tried Scouting. Click Here for Troop Open House resources
Venturing Open House
Would you like to increase your Venturing Crew membership? Hold a Venturing Crew Open house and plan an awesome program to create energy excitement in your program. Click here for Crew Open House resources