Past Weekly Recruiting Tips
1. Do service projects for your community. Wear Field or activity uniforms as appropriate. Be obvious that you are a Scouting unit. Distribute joining information at community Good Turn projects. Invite members of the organization you are assisting to join you in the project. Get press coverage. (Call newspaper ahead of time.)
2. Take part in parades in your area. Make a list of parades for whole year and enter these in your unit calendar. Carry US and unit flags. Wear uniforms. Hand out fliers inviting interested youth.
3. Watch “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?”. This exciting series starts this Monday March 4, 2013 at 8pm on the National Geographic Channel. Invite friends to join you. Troops and Crews: you can plan to have your own “tougher than a Boy Scout” events. And if you haven’t heard about it, watch the trailer:www.toughscout.com
4.Give every Scout several “business cards” for them to give their friends inviting them to a joining night. Using Business card software, print the Scout’s name on the invitation side of the card (using bright eye-catching colors) and your unit’s information on the other. That way you can track who is the recruiter. Peer-to-peer influence is powerful.
5. Hold a troop (or pack or crew) activity for new Scouts soon after they join. Think about holding a campout for Scouts, a family overnighter for Cub Scouts, a hike for Venturers.
6.Troops: Now that spring weather is at hand, offer to help a Webelos Den with the Outdoorsman Webelos Activity pin. Recruit some of your Scouts to help with teaching the skills needed for this Activity pin.+
7.Develop a Pack Information Sheet: This is your chance to brag about your pack. Include items such as time, date, and location of pack meetings, list of upcoming events, Den Leader and Committee Member names and phone numbers, and other exciting details about why you are involved, including pictures. Provide your sponsoring organization a copy of the sheet so that they can answer any questions they might receive regarding your pack. Make sure that your pack committee and parents have copies of the sheet to distribute as well. Give a copy to your local District Executive.
8 .Begin your recruiting campaign in the spring, with other recruiting events in early fall. This takes advantage of the warm weather to give new Scouts an early chance at outdoor programs.