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 families into Scouting.
Scouts and their families can join the adventure of Scouting at your local elementary school! Visit www.BeAScout.org to sign up now and for more information!
We hope that your School Night is a success! We know that if you put forth the effort to plan and execute the model that is suggested, combined with the resources below and other information you received at the training it will be! Below are some resources you can use to share your message and communicate with new families.
Pack Welcome Letter Template Without Graphics
Pack Welcome Letter With Graphics
Parent Talent Survey
HOAC Pack Recruitment Resources
Information on Setting Up Online Registration
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 Scouts BSA Troop. For help with transitioning Webelos to a Scouts BSA Troop, whether you are a Webelos Den Leader looking for Scouts BSA resources or a Scouts BSA leader looking to offer your troop events to Webelos Dens, you can use the info below, or contact Matt Thoman for more resources on Webelos Transition.
Cub Scout Spring Recruitment
This annual campaign is 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 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 Matt Thoman. Matt can help coordinate support material such as flyers or postcards to help promote your recruitment event.
Scouts BSA Troop Open House
Most Scouts BSA participants come from Webelos. However, many Scouts BSA Troops also actively recruit young men and women that were not Cub Scouts or who were once Cub Scouts. They put on Open House events to recruit these young men and women into Scouts BSA. A starting point is the Troop Open House Planning Calendar from the BSA. Units may also use any of the other recruitment resources available to Packs to promote their Open House event.
Venturing Crew Open House
Crews are encouraged to seek new members through partnering with Scouts BSA Troops and holding their own separate Open House event. Crews can also use available resources for Packs and Troops to help promote Open House events.
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 the BSA rules, regulations, and policies should be always pursued to try to start a Scouting unit.
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 HOAC Internet Rechartering page.