Cub Scout Pack Recruitment

Recruiting is a year round activity

1. Join Scouting Night – A night where everyone at the school is invited to check out your pack.

2. Back to School Night – an evening event(s) at the start of the school year, where we provide the opportunity to sign-up for Cub Scouts at every elementary school in the district. Most new scouting recruits come from this event. Ask your district executives which schools (public, private, charter, church-school, home-school, etc) are in your neighborhood and have not been assigned to a Cub Pack as of yet.

3. School Open House – Meet the teacher or playground events are great places to welcome new families and give information on your pack.

4. School Community Newspapers - they are always looking for appropriate news stories. Share with them about scouts, activities, accomplishments, etc.

5. School Message Boards – See if the PTA or School has a board to post information

6. PTA Meetings - link School Night for Scouting with parent orientation, a PTA meeting, or some other event that is more heavily promoted. Some packs often provides crafts and games for the children while parents are meeting teachers.

7. School Events – offer to run a game at the school carnival, raise the flag on field day, offer a basket of scout stuff at Bingo night, or run a station to make bookmarks on literacy night…the ideas are endless.

8. Kindergarten Readiness/Meet – try to set up a table on a night specifically for new Kindergarteners. This is a great time to get those Lions started. Keep an eye out for the Kindergarten readiness normally in late spring/early summer as well as get together for the kindergarteners to get together and make new friends.

9. Remember – If you do activities families like to do, they will join you, and that is what recruiting is all about. And if it’s fun for kids, fun for families, and safe…it’s Cub Scouting!

And Recruit Families, not just Kids! Cub Scouting is a family program, so the goal is NOT to sign up new youth. The goal is to sign up new families!
· The Cub Scout program is a family program -- every parent helps.

· That shouldn't be a "turn off" for parents and guardians -- the Scouting program is designed to make stronger connections between kids and adults, which will make parenting easier!

· Without parental involvement -- adult leaders -- there can't be a Scouting program.

If your Pack has only a few active engaged leaders, recruit carefully: either be sure you're lining up more active, engaged leaders, or only bring on numbers of youth your current leaders can handle. As you get the attention of current and prospective families with your calendar of activities, turn parents into helpers, and helpers into leaders.

Tips for recruiting parents

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