Spring recruitment has started later than normal this year due to the discussions about Family Cub Scouts. Over half of the Mohegan Council Packs have already decided to function as Family Packs, and many more Packs are working with their Charter organizations to reach a decision.
All Packs should have a final decision on unit structure prior to the June 6 Program Launch event. Units needing assistance should speak with the District Membership team or their District Executive. More information on Family Scouting and materials for the new “Scout Me In” campaign can be found here.
For Troops interested in Spring Recruitment and for any Packs that have made a decision about their structure and Spring recruitment plans, now is the time to be working with your District Membership team or District Executive to plan and advertise your joining event.
Momentum is strong. Let’s have a strong finish to the Spring recruitment campaign. Remember, newly recruited Cub Scouts can have fun and begin the character building journey by signing up for Cub Scout Adventure Camp!
Boy Scouts – we could use more of them!
After our recent recharter and Webelos crossovers many of our Boy Scout Troops have less kids than a year ago. As a Council we ended down 97 Boy Scouts at the end of April from a year ago.
That surprised us, and we hope we still have many Webelos crossovers who just haven’t yet been registered. To remind us just how important Boy Scouts are we have a top ten list.
And if you’re a Boy Scout leader whose Troop is down and want some ideas on what to do this Spring to build it back up, we have some.
Why Boy Scout membership is important to a leader
- New Scouts give older Scouts someone to teach.
- New Scouts can give you new parents to help with Troop operation.
- New Scouts will help you stay current with the latest Boy Scout handbook by asking all types of questions.
- New Scouts always add enthusiasm to your Troop.
- New Scouts will love your stories around the campfire.
- A new Scout’s parent maybe your successor.
- A new Scout of yours may find a lifelong hobby or profession when he earns a merit badge in your Troop.
- A new Scout of yours may deepen his faith and make religious work his profession.
- A new Scout of yours might someday be the Scoutmaster for your grandson.
- A new Scout of yours might have his life saved by adopting & living the Scout Oath & Law and not the Law of the street. And this same Scout might save a life because the skills & values he learned in your weekly program.
Eight easy things you can do to grow your Troop
- Take some yard signs & posters home this week & put them out.
- Visit your Pack’s Webelos den at Webelos adventure camp this summer.
- Have someone from the Troop serve as the Webelos to Scout transition coordinator. Plan joint events & functions.
- Plan on having a leader from your Troop help at the School night for Scouting this fall. It’s a great relationship builder with your Pack & there are almost always some 11year old’s in attendance that you can talk to.
- Hold Skill Nights/Parent Orientations in the fall & spring for upcoming Webelos families & new families.
- Hold a recruiting event with your Chartered Partner by using Scout bulletin inserts and/or having a Scout story in your Chartered Partner’s newsletter. Update your BeaScout pin.
- Encourage Scouts to invite a friend to an outing. The boys can satisfy a First-Class rank requirement and earn a cool patch from the national office. You can do this in conjunction with your skills nights.
- Encourage Parent to Parent recruiting. This is really great with new parents. They see the benefits of Scouting. In conjunction with one of your skill nights ask parents to invite their friends’ families to the meeting.
And this Spring your District Membership Chair and District Executive would be very happy to help coordinate a fifth-grade recruitment night. Those boys are at the ideal age to begin their Scouting adventure.