Now that schools are back in session, Cub Scout recruitment is in full swing! By now you should have both your Sign-Up night and Orientation night dates set and confirmed. You should also have a well-organized plan for both of these meetings. Ideally new scouts should meet with their den no later than two weeks after the sign-up night so they can begin to experience the fun and excitement of Scouting. Below are the keys to ensure your pack has a successful Sign-Up night. Please let your District Membership Chair and/or your Unit-Serving Scout Executive know what they can do to help with your recruitment efforts. Thank you for all you do for Scouting!
Keys to a Successful Recruitment Meeting
Before the Recruiting Meeting
- Prepare a Pack calendar for the next 12 months. (See our Program Planning Calendar)
- Produce a budget that includes all of the costs involved. (Click here for tips)
- Determine what the pack needs to charge each family.
- Set goals for the popcorn sale that will meet budget needs.
- Print a contact list with names, phone numbers and email addresses.
- Assign volunteers to help with recruiting.
- Display yard signs in high traffic areas.
- Use posters in school, restaurants or other public places.
- Clean up your Facebook and pay for some ads in your town.
- Participate in community and school events – hand out informational flyers.
- Refer additional resources under the membership tab at mohegancouncilbsa.org
- Arrange for the professional staff to do a youth talk at the local school.
During the Recruiting Meeting
- Collect Information
- Make sure everyone signs in and is welcomed.
- Meet the parents – would they be a good leader?
- Ask parents to complete and turn in Parent Talent Survey forms.
- Ask for completed youth application forms (even if they don’t have money with them)
- Sell Scouting
- Tell them the highlights – not every detail.
- Ask for them to make a commitment to participate.
- Close the sale – don’t let them leave without saying “yes” by turning in an application.
- Invite them to the Parent Orientation meeting. This meeting will give them more detailed information.
- Give Parents Information. Make sure they leave with a contact list and calendar.
After the Recruiting Meeting
- Discuss and select which parents would make good leaders.
- Call the selected parents before the Parent Orientation meeting to recruit them for an appropriate position.
- Turn in all applications.
The first three hundred new scouts this fall will receive a “Scout Me In” patch and two free tickets to the Railers Home opener. As applications are turned in patches and Railers sign-ups will be given out.