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<center><big>[[Recruiting]] goes on every day, not just at a one-night meeting.<br>Your recruiting today determines the health of your unit tomorrow.</big></center><br>
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<center><big>''[[Recruiting]] goes on every day, not just at a one-night meeting.<br>Expect half of the families to plan their fall commitments in the spring.<br>Follow-up again with the rest at your fall roundup.''</big></center><br>
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:''Based on: [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/thenew-unitprocess/09.aspxRecruit Youth Members and Orient Parents]
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:''Recruiting is also called "Roundup," "New Scout Orientation," "Race to Cub Scouting," or "School Night for Scouting"
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While recruiting should happen every day, your spring recruiting is the most important. By joining in the spring, new Scouts will be able to go to [[Summer Camp|Camp]] '''''this''''' year. Your summertime calendar is packed full of trips, events, and camping. The spring roundup invariably is when you will also find some of your best new leaders.
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Your spring and fall recruiting events are vital for your unit. With a spring roundup, you can recruit before they commit to other fall activities. New Scouts will get to go to [[Cub Scout Day Camp|Camp]] '''''this''''' year. Your summertime calendar is packed full with the trips, events, and camping they want. Parents who plan ahead can make great new leaders.
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{{quote-source|“A boy on joining wants to begin Scouting right away.”|[[Robert Baden-Powell]]}}
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Your fall recruiting is important too. This is when you get another chance to recruit the ones you missed in the spring. Don't focus on the activities they just missed but what is still coming up.
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Your fall recruiting event is important too. This is when you get another chance to recruit the ones you missed in the spring.
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Your program and your calendar will sell them on Scouting. Make sure that your calendar is planned months or a year in advance and stocked full of great events. Make sure to include all of the [[council]] and district events you can. Prepare a simplified, one-page calendar for recruiting. The most important sales flier you have is your busy calendar.
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It is your program and your upcoming calendar that will sell them on Scouting. Make sure that your calendar is planned months or ideally a year in advance and stocked full of great events. Make sure to include all of the [[council]] and district events you can. Prepare a simplified, one-page calendar for recruiting. The most important sales flier you have is your busy calendar.
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Your other tool will be a good recruiting flier. Your district executive can provide the recruitment fliers and posters.
Your other tool will be a good recruiting flier. Your district executive can provide the recruitment fliers and posters.
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Don't forget how flexible we are. If they miss a sports practice, they may not be able to play in the game. One of the best things about Scouting is how flexible we are. You can miss meetings or even a season and still be welcome in Scouts.
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Don't forget how flexible we are. If they miss a sports practice, they may not be able to play the next game. But in Scouts, you can miss a meeting or even a season and still be welcome.
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==Find Your Prospect==
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==The Six P's of Recruiting==
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Prospect will rarely come to you. You have to be pro-active and invite them, often several times.
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# The first group to invite are the friends of your existing Scouts. Ask each Scout to invite at least two friends and their families to the orientation meeting. Referrals are your best prospects. If his buddies join, your existing Scout is more likely to stay in too. Especially for younger Scouts, show them the [[Recruiter Strip]] they can earn.
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===Purpose===
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Have a clear purpose:
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* '''''Every boy deserves the chance to be a Scout.'''''
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* Sign up Cub Scouts and Webelos into existing packs as well as Boy Scouts and Venturer
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* Recruit parents to be unit leaders and committee members
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* Organize new units in areas we are not currently serving.
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* You are ''"Here for the boys."'' Help every boy succeed, not just your own. Help every unit succeed, not just your own.
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# Also ask your chartered organization to take your fliers to youth that they know. Have your Scouts go to their meeting and show your charter organization all that you will be doing. Make sure to include your community service.
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===Plan===
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Involve everyone in the plan:
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* '''''Ask''''' every leader to participate. You need everyone's help that night and as you publicize the event.
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* '''''Ask''''' your district for help with Informational fliers and posters.
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* '''''Ask''''' other units to buddy up with you. ''"A Scout is Helpful."'' Work with each other.
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# Ask your committee to each take your recruiting fliers to their other organizations including: PTO, Religious Organizations, Sunday Schools, confirmation classes, sports teams, Lions Clubs, Rotary, etc.
 
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# Articles in your local paper about activities can be a great sales tool. A paper may let you include details of you upcoming orientation at the end of the article.
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===Promote===
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A new Scout will rarely find you. You have to be pro-active and invite them, often several times.
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# '''''Ask''''' each Scout to invite two friends. Referrals are your best prospects. If their buddies join, your Scouts are more likely to stay in too. Show them the [[Recruiter Strip]] they can earn.
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# '''''Ask''''' your [[chartered organization]] to distribute your fliers. Go to their meeting and show them all you do.
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# '''''Ask''''' your committee to take recruiting fliers to PTO, Religious Organizations, Sunday Schools, sports teams, clubs, etc.
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# '''''Ask''''' local newspapers to run an article about a recent event and include details of your upcoming orientation.
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# '''''Ask''''' local radio, TV stations, and cable providers to run Public Service Announcements you can get from your district.
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# '''''Ask''''' if you can do fliers, boy talks, and an open house in area schools. Your district executive should have contacts with school administrators.
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# '''''Ask''''' your past prospects who have not signed up yet to come this time. You may need to invite them several times.
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Use all ''seven'' ways to promote your unit. Note that the key word is '''''Ask'''''. Use your resources. Brainstorm other ideas.
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# Finally, youth from the community can sometimes be reached by announcements through area schools. Your district executive should have contacts with school administrators.
 
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==Promoting the Orientation==
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===Present===
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Attendance at the orientation meeting is very important. Don't call the meeting a "Sign-up" as this can scare off new prospects. Don't use jargon like "Roundup" as this too will scare off prospects. Call it an "Orientation".
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Hold the roundup where the unit meets or at their school. Make it a brief, upbeat, and well-planned rally. Don't talk about the past or use jargon like ''DE" or "FOS" as this can scare off new families.<br>
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'''Setup''' - 30 minutes early and to be ready for early arrivals. Leaders and Scouts only attend if they are in [[Uniform]].
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;Gathering Activity
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* Ask everyone who attends to sign in with their Name, Home Phone, Cell Phone, Email, Scout's Name, and grade.
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* As they come in, pass out applications, fliers, and your calendar. Ask everyone to fill out the forms. Have plenty of pens.
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* Don't stand in a click with your friends. Have a leader walk each prospect to a table and help them.
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'''Opening''' - 4 minutes: Opening [[Flag Ceremony]]. Pledge of Allegiance. Very BRIEF remarks. Introduce your leaders.<br>
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'''Presentation''' - ''No more than 8 minutes.''
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* Let the '''''Scouts''''' tell about their favorite upcoming activities: trips, camping, [[Summer Camp]], [[Pinewood Derby]], etc.
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* End the group meeting in a few minutes. ''Adults: Don't overwhelm them with stories, facts, and figures.''
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;Register
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* Leaders continue to meet with families one-on-one to answer questions.
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* Register new youth members. Explain what they need to know one-on-one. ''Don't overwhelm them. Ask, "Do you have any questions?"''
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* Have unit t-shirts available as a gift or at a small cost. If they leave in your t-shirt, they will come back.
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* Consider light refreshments such as punch and granola bars.
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'''Closing''' - Thank them. Announce the unit's next meeting date and a Welcoming Activity (picnic, bowling, etc.). Closing [[Flag Ceremony]].
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Some ideas for promoting the orientation include:
 
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* Your district will help you with Informational flayers. You have to have something to send home.
 
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* Ask each Scout to give fliers to two friends and their families to the orientation meeting.
 
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* Have Boy Talks in the schools on the day of the meeting, school open houses, and posters in schools.
 
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* Your District has Radio & TV Public Service Announcements you can use.
 
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* Call your list of prospects who have not joined in the past.
 
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* Promote the orientation at area churches, playgrounds, and parks
 
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Use your resources and brainstorm other ideas.
 
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==Conducting the Orientation==
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===Parents===
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Hold the sign-up at the location where the unit will meet or at their school. Make it a brief, upbeat, and well-planned rally. The group presentation should take no more than a few minutes. Don't talk about the past.<br>
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Scouts with involved parents are more likely to stay in Scouts. Recruit adults to at least help if not be the leaders. These are great tools to help find out what parents can offer. Involve everyone. Scouts with "drive-by" parents won't last.
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As they come in, pass out applications, fliers, and your calendar. Ask everyone to fill out the forms. Have plenty of pens.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/FamilyTalentSurveySheet2008.pdf Pack Family Talent Survey Sheet] - Give one to every adult at your Pack Roundup.
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* Have them sign a sheet with Name & Phone information for everyone who attends.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34437.pdf Troop Resource Survey 34437] - Boy Scout Version
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* Don't be talking in a click among yourselves. Have a leader walk each prospect to a table and help them.
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/02-822.pdf Become a Scout Volunteer!] - is a good resource to show potential leaders
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Open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and very BRIEF remarks.
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* Introduce your leaders.
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* Let the Scouts tell about what they have coming up on their calendars: trips, camping, Summer Camp, etc.
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* End the group meeting in a few minutes.
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Unit leaders now fan out to meet with families one-on-one to answer questions.
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* Register new youth members. Explain what they need to know one-on-one. ''Don't overwhelm them. "Do you have any questions?"''
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* Have unit t-shirts available as a gift or at a small cost. If they leave in your t-shirt, they will come back.
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* Scouts with involved parents stay in Scouts. As you meet one-on-one with families, you need to recruit adults to at least help.
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* Provide light refreshments such as punch and granola bars.
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* Announce the unit's next meeting date. Better still have an orientation event already scheduled.
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Make follow-up calls:
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* Call everyone who signed up to again welcome them and confirm information.
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===Persistence===
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* Call everyone who did not sign up in a few days and see if they have any questions. If they are not ready can you call them again in a week?
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* Call everyone who signed up to again welcome them and confirm information. Do not rely just on email.
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* Call everyone who ''didn't'' sign up in a few days and see if they have any questions. Can you call them again in a week?
* Call your prospects again in a week. People often need to be asked several times.
* Call your prospects again in a week. People often need to be asked several times.
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* Call prospect again just before your next orientation. The ones you missed last time are the best prospects next time.
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* Call your prospect again just before your next orientation. The ones you missed last time are some of the best prospects next time.
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== Recruiting Suggestions and Ideas ==
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Whenever possible, coordinate your large recruiting events with other Units in your area.
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If you are sending home flyers, contact the Superintendent or Principal of the school to ensure that you have permission.
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If you have an extended time were you will talk with parents consider asking a Troop or [[Order of the Arrow]] members to take the Scouts and prospective Scouts outside (or to another room) to play Scouting games.
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Use multiple resources for publicity whenever possible. If your Chartering Organization has a newsletter, or involves families with appropriately aged children, ask if you can publicize your event via them, or make a presentation to them. If any major events are going on within your unit, invite local media outlets to profile your group and report on the events. Submit major events to public calendars.
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Contact any lapsed members personally. If a boy dropped out of the unit halfway through the year, a phone call to him or his family may encourage him to rejoin.
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Have the existing Cubs go to school in uniform on the night their pack/den meets. At this age many boys really want to get a uniform and will be drawn into the game.
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==Resources==
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;General
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* [[Cub Scout]] [[Pack]] - [[Boy Scout]] [[Troop]] - [[Varsity]] [[Team]] - [[Venturing]] [[Crew]]
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*New Youth Application: [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/28-406.pdf English] and [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/28-423.pdf Spanish]
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*New Adult Application: [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/28-501.pdf English] and [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/28-502.pdf Spanish]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/28-402.pdf New Unit Application]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/28-401.pdf Transfer Form] - to transfer a Youth Member from one unit to another
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* [http://www.scouting.org/councils/index.html BSA's Local Council Locater] &mdash; The ''Local Council Locater'' (search engine by Zip Code) will help you find the Council that serves your area.
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* [http://www.thescoutzone.org/locator.html Troop locator] - [http://www.joincubscouting.org/locator/index.html Pack locator]
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* [http://scouting.org/boyscouts/trainingmodules/orientation%20for%20new%20boy%20scout%20parents.aspx Orientation for New Boy Scout Parents]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/thenew-unitprocess/09.aspx Recruit Youth Members and Orient Parents]
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* [http://www.scoutparents.org/filestore/ppt/MISSIONFAMILYPowerPointFall2008.ppt Mission Family PowerPoint] - Explains the program their child has joined.
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* [http://www.scoutparents.org/filestore/xls/WaystoInvolveParentsinTheirPack.xls Ways to involve parents in their Pack] - Excel spreadsheet of tasks explained in common terms.
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* [http://www.scoutparents.org/filestore/xls/WaystoInvolveParentsinTheirTroopTeam.xls Ways to involve parents in their Team/Troop] - Excel spreadsheet of tasks explained in common terms.
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* [http://www.scoutparents.org/filestore/xls/WaystoInvolveParentsinTheirCrewShip.xls Ways to involve parents in their Crew/Ship] - Excel spreadsheet of tasks explained in common terms.
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* [http://www.scoutparents.org/filestore/pdf/34576.pdf Let's Go Scouting comic book]
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* [http://www.scoutparents.org/filestore/pdf/34577.pdf Cub Scout volunteering indicator form]
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* [http://www.scoutparents.org/filestore/pdf/34579.pdf Boy Scout volunteering indicator form]
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* [http://www.scoutparents.org/filestore/pdf/34581.pdf Scouting Orientation Guide pamphlet] - 28-page pamphlet provides an overview.
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* [http://www.scoutparents.org/filestore/pdf/34582.pdf Scouting Builds more than just campfires brochure]
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* [http://www.scoutparents.org/filestore/pdf/32196.pdf Scouting the Chartered Organization brochure]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/FILESTORE/pdf/02-558.pdf Astronauts And The BSA]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-516.aspx Eagle Scouts] - Facts from the BSA
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* [http://old.scouting.org/relationships/ppt/csa.ppt The Case For School Access PowerPoint Presentation]
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* [http://old.scouting.org/relationships/ppt/sas.ppt Schools And Scouting: Working Together For Youth (PowerPoint Presentation)]
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* [[Media:Mike Rowe-Dirty Jobs Eagle Letter.pdf|Mike Offers a Potential Eagle Scout His Eagle Perspective]] {{PDF}} Eagle Scout Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs on what it means to be an Eagle Scout.
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;Advertising
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Marketing/Resources/Billboards.aspx Billboards] - an excellent way to increase the awareness of Scouting within your community.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/marketing/resources/printads Print Ads] - provides samples of print ads.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Marketing/Resources/PSAS.aspx Public Service Announcements] - PSA's in a variety of formats.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/FILESTORE/marketing/doc/APrelease.doc News Release Sample] - model news releases in the style used by the Associated Press (AP).
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Marketing/Resources/PowerPoint.aspx PowerPoint Presentation Templates]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Marketing/Resources/Presentations.aspx Sample Presentations] PPT's that you can tailor
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;Cub Scouting
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*[http://www.northernstarbsa.org/Forms/Recruitment/Resources/2008RoundupGuidebook.pdf 2008 Roundup Guidebook.doc] - Northern Star Council's Version of Cub Scout Round Up Campaign Guidebook #13-253.
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*[http://www.northernstarbsa.org/joinscouting/Recruit.aspx Dozens of other great recruiting resources from Northern Star Council]
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* [http://www.lasallecouncilbsa.org/dunes/Membership/Cub%20Roundup%20Resources.htm LaSalle Council's Roundup Materials]
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;Organizing a new unit
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* [[WD Boyce New Unit Organizer Award]]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/newunitresourcekit.aspx New Unit Resource Kits] - Step-By-Step Instructions And Resource Materials For Organizing A New Unit With A Specific Organization.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/thenew-unitprocess.aspx The New-Unit Organization Process] ''- A Detailed Outline Of The 12-Step Process To Organizing A New Unit.''
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-972.aspx Hispanic/Latino American Demographics In A Changing America]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-860.aspx Scouting Supports Home Schooling]
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;Help finding chartering organizations
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* [http://www.scouting.org/FILESTORE/marketing/pdf/02-835.pdf Be Prepared/I Am Prepared] - information about each of the BSA's programs and their relationship to chartered organization.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/letters.aspx Letters Of Endorsement] - Agreements Between Many National Organizations And The Boy Scouts Of America to have local units.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-507.aspx Community Organizations And The Boy Scouts Of America]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/03-233.pdf Rotary International and Scouting]
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* [http://old.scouting.org/relationships/ppt/da.ppt 40 Developmental Assets] [PowerPoint] - how the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs support the developmental assets.
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==Venturing==
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;Venturing
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In the case of Venturing-age youth
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* [http://old.scouting.org/venturing/support/resources/pdf/recruiting.pdf Recruiting Venturers]
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* [http://old.scouting.org/venturing/support/resources/pdf/25-200.pdf Venturing Highlights]
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* [http://old.scouting.org/venturing/support/resources/pdf/25-309.pdf Venturing Marketing Guide]
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* [http://old.scouting.org/venturing/support/resources/pdf/25-353.pdf Sea Scouts Brochure]
* Have each youth complete the Venturing Activity Interest Survey.
* Have each youth complete the Venturing Activity Interest Survey.
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* Brainstorm with youth their ideas that might not be on the survey.
 
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* Review the potential for crew program based on the Program Capability Inventory and the chartered organization.
 

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Recruiting goes on every day, not just at a one-night meeting.
Expect half of the families to plan their fall commitments in the spring.
Follow-up again with the rest at your fall roundup.

W.D.Boyce New Unit Organizer Award
Recruiter Strip

Contents

Recruiting is also called "Roundup," "New Scout Orientation," "Race to Cub Scouting," or "School Night for Scouting"

Your spring and fall recruiting events are vital for your unit. With a spring roundup, you can recruit before they commit to other fall activities. New Scouts will get to go to Camp this year. Your summertime calendar is packed full with the trips, events, and camping they want. Parents who plan ahead can make great new leaders.

“A boy on joining wants to begin Scouting right away.”
Robert Baden-Powell

Your fall recruiting is important too. This is when you get another chance to recruit the ones you missed in the spring. Don't focus on the activities they just missed but what is still coming up.

Your program and your calendar will sell them on Scouting. Make sure that your calendar is planned months or a year in advance and stocked full of great events. Make sure to include all of the council and district events you can. Prepare a simplified, one-page calendar for recruiting. The most important sales flier you have is your busy calendar.

Your other tool will be a good recruiting flier. Your district executive can provide the recruitment fliers and posters.

Don't forget how flexible we are. If they miss a sports practice, they may not be able to play the next game. But in Scouts, you can miss a meeting or even a season and still be welcome.

The Six P's of Recruiting

Purpose

Have a clear purpose:

  • Every boy deserves the chance to be a Scout.
  • Sign up Cub Scouts and Webelos into existing packs as well as Boy Scouts and Venturer
  • Recruit parents to be unit leaders and committee members
  • Organize new units in areas we are not currently serving.
  • You are "Here for the boys." Help every boy succeed, not just your own. Help every unit succeed, not just your own.

Plan

Involve everyone in the plan:

  • Ask every leader to participate. You need everyone's help that night and as you publicize the event.
  • Ask your district for help with Informational fliers and posters.
  • Ask other units to buddy up with you. "A Scout is Helpful." Work with each other.


Promote

A new Scout will rarely find you. You have to be pro-active and invite them, often several times.

  1. Ask each Scout to invite two friends. Referrals are your best prospects. If their buddies join, your Scouts are more likely to stay in too. Show them the Recruiter Strip they can earn.
  2. Ask your chartered organization to distribute your fliers. Go to their meeting and show them all you do.
  3. Ask your committee to take recruiting fliers to PTO, Religious Organizations, Sunday Schools, sports teams, clubs, etc.
  4. Ask local newspapers to run an article about a recent event and include details of your upcoming orientation.
  5. Ask local radio, TV stations, and cable providers to run Public Service Announcements you can get from your district.
  6. Ask if you can do fliers, boy talks, and an open house in area schools. Your district executive should have contacts with school administrators.
  7. Ask your past prospects who have not signed up yet to come this time. You may need to invite them several times.

Use all seven ways to promote your unit. Note that the key word is Ask. Use your resources. Brainstorm other ideas.


Present

Hold the roundup where the unit meets or at their school. Make it a brief, upbeat, and well-planned rally. Don't talk about the past or use jargon like DE" or "FOS" as this can scare off new families.
Setup - 30 minutes early and to be ready for early arrivals. Leaders and Scouts only attend if they are in Uniform.

Gathering Activity
  • Ask everyone who attends to sign in with their Name, Home Phone, Cell Phone, Email, Scout's Name, and grade.
  • As they come in, pass out applications, fliers, and your calendar. Ask everyone to fill out the forms. Have plenty of pens.
  • Don't stand in a click with your friends. Have a leader walk each prospect to a table and help them.

Opening - 4 minutes: Opening Flag Ceremony. Pledge of Allegiance. Very BRIEF remarks. Introduce your leaders.
Presentation - No more than 8 minutes.

  • Let the Scouts tell about their favorite upcoming activities: trips, camping, Summer Camp, Pinewood Derby, etc.
  • End the group meeting in a few minutes. Adults: Don't overwhelm them with stories, facts, and figures.
Register
  • Leaders continue to meet with families one-on-one to answer questions.
  • Register new youth members. Explain what they need to know one-on-one. Don't overwhelm them. Ask, "Do you have any questions?"
  • Have unit t-shirts available as a gift or at a small cost. If they leave in your t-shirt, they will come back.
  • Consider light refreshments such as punch and granola bars.

Closing - Thank them. Announce the unit's next meeting date and a Welcoming Activity (picnic, bowling, etc.). Closing Flag Ceremony.


Parents

Scouts with involved parents are more likely to stay in Scouts. Recruit adults to at least help if not be the leaders. These are great tools to help find out what parents can offer. Involve everyone. Scouts with "drive-by" parents won't last.


Persistence

  • Call everyone who signed up to again welcome them and confirm information. Do not rely just on email.
  • Call everyone who didn't sign up in a few days and see if they have any questions. Can you call them again in a week?
  • Call your prospects again in a week. People often need to be asked several times.
  • Call your prospect again just before your next orientation. The ones you missed last time are some of the best prospects next time.


Recruiting Suggestions and Ideas

Whenever possible, coordinate your large recruiting events with other Units in your area.

If you are sending home flyers, contact the Superintendent or Principal of the school to ensure that you have permission.

If you have an extended time were you will talk with parents consider asking a Troop or Order of the Arrow members to take the Scouts and prospective Scouts outside (or to another room) to play Scouting games.

Use multiple resources for publicity whenever possible. If your Chartering Organization has a newsletter, or involves families with appropriately aged children, ask if you can publicize your event via them, or make a presentation to them. If any major events are going on within your unit, invite local media outlets to profile your group and report on the events. Submit major events to public calendars.

Contact any lapsed members personally. If a boy dropped out of the unit halfway through the year, a phone call to him or his family may encourage him to rejoin.

Have the existing Cubs go to school in uniform on the night their pack/den meets. At this age many boys really want to get a uniform and will be drawn into the game.

Resources

General
Advertising
Cub Scouting
Organizing a new unit
Help finding chartering organizations
Venturing
Personal tools
language