Introduction to Cub Scout Growth
The best things in Scouting happen at the unit level. It’s true for life changing experiences that happen in every pack meeting, and it’s true for recruiting as well. When packs and dens get involved, more boys are introduced to the adventure of Scouting than through any other recruiting campaign or method. We can’t do it without you!
Below, you’ll find resources and tips for making recruiting a fun and enjoyable experience that keeps the bigger picture in focus: growing your unit to reach more kids, strengthen your packs and have more fun!
- Dancing blow-up Scout
- Stand-up Scout
- Table top banners
- Feather stands
Even in the digital age, paper can be an effective recruitment tool. From recruitment flyers to peer-to-peer cards, use these resources as you see fit.
Also remember, schools are busy. Just because a flyer is delivered on a Tuesday, doesn’t necessarily mean it will go home the next day. Sometimes schools only send home flyers once a week. For this reason, scheduling your signup night in the first 10-14 days may lead to issues when it comes to promotion. The week of September 12th is an optimum week; school has been in session for a few weeks and the popcorn sale has yet to begin.
Take some time before your signup night to put together a list of all positions in the Pack that are available. From Den Leader to planning a snack at the November meeting, many positions can be filled that night. Some Packs will compile a large list and have every family choose one the night they sign up their son.
For a list of more specialized positions, a Family Talent Survey is available. You can find it at: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/cubscoutmeetingguide/pdf/appendix/34362.pdf.