Since August 1, 280 of our new Cub Scouts have joined a Pack using online registration after they visit BeAScout.org! 51 Packs have accepted at least one online Cub Scout application! This IS the way that many families are signing-up to join Cub Scouts.
Your key unit leadership needs to update your unit’s BeAScout.org pin as soon as possible. Visit BeAScout.org now to look at your unit pin to see if it’s current. Does it have information to draw parents in to find out more about your Pack?
Once your pin is updated, be sure to visit the Invitation Manager and Application Manager sections of my.scouting.org to follow-up on any membership leads you have and to approve applications.
Learn more about how to update your BeAScout.org pin and process membership leads and online applications by clicking here.
NEW CUB SCOUTS
FIRST DEN AND PACK MEETINGS
All our new Cub Scouts need to attend their first den meeting and pack meeting. Getting your new Cub Scouts and their families involved in Scouting right away is a key step in making sure they know they are part of your pack. If you’ve got a new family that registered but doesn’t attend their first meetings, make sure you Pack Recruitment Chair or New Member Coordinator calls that family as soon as possible to have a conversation about getting involved in Scouting!
PAYING FOR SCOUTING
During our recruitment events, we emphasize that families have opportunities to participate in product sales like council-sponsored popcorn and wreath sales or other pack fundraisers to help offset the costs of Scouting. Each new family should be participating in these sales now. Make sure you’re checking in with new families to see if they have any questions and find out how sales are going!
WELCOME BACK TEMPLATES
Throughout 2020, many families drifted away from Scouting simply because units were not able to meet in person. However, those families didn’t drift away from the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law. Help them find their way back! Use these materials to invite them back! Let’s remind them of the fun, excitement, and value of Scouting!
FOLLOW-UP RECRUITING EVENTS
Most units have conducted their initial recruitment event. In some units, a follow-up recruitment event needs to be planned. Some families may not have been able to attend your recruitment event, or your Pack may not have had the turnout you were expecting. Advertise your next Pack Meeting or an upcoming Pack activity.
This follow-up recruitment event should be tied-in to something your Pack already has scheduled. By providing the council with follow-up recruitment event information, we can make additional flyers and have other material available for you. The Council will even geofence your follow-up recruitment event with at least two weeks’ notice!
COUNCIL RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES
Make sure to promote the recruitment incentives available to Scouts, leaders and units this fall:
- All New Cub Scouts will receive a free Pinewood Derby Car
- Cubmasters and Pack recruitment chairs that achieve their agreed-upon goal will receive a Three Harbors Council fleece vest
- The unit with the greatest percentage growth in Cub Scouts in each district will receive a pizza party from Three Harbors Council
- Any Scout that recruits another Scout will be entered in a drawing for four (4) Milwaukee Bucks tickets for their December 1 game
OCTOBER EVENTS FOR ALL CUB SCOUTS
This month, we have plenty of opportunities for all your Cub Scouts, new and returning, to participate in Scouting!
- Clue – October 9 in Burlington. Come solve the Case of the Missing Gear.
- New Cub Scout Fun Day – October 16 at Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta. New Cub Scouts can go to a Bobcat Clinic, shoot archery and BB guns and more. All Scouting families can come out for the weekend for a Fall Family Camping Weekend.
- Haunted Hayride & Walk – October 22, 23, 29, and 30 at Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta. Visit the haunts of Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta in Burlington.
RECRUITMENT EVENT TIPS
Remember that families that come to a Cub Scout recruitment event are almost universally ready to sign-up! Make sure that you are collecting applications or approving online applications at your event and turning them into your School Night Chair or District Executive at the end of the night so these new families can start their Scouting experience right away. A Scout that participates in meetings and activities that is not registered is not covered by insurance, cannot have advancement recorded, and cannot start receiving Scout Life magazine.
Remember These Three Things!
- When families attend a recruitment event, they attend to join and pay fees THAT NIGHT!
- In the fall, everyone in Scouting is involved in youth membership growth!
- Cub Scouts is an adventure you can take with your child!
Join your fellow leaders in helping Three Harbors Council achieve its goal of recruiting at least 800 new Cub Scouts between now and October 31!