Online Membership Resources
In-Person Membership Resources
Recruitment Night Tool Kit Inventory
K-5th Grade Table Tents
Boys’ Life Mini Mags
Did you know the Sandhills District has great program resources that units can reserve for FREE or at a reduced cost? If not, you should take advantage of these great resources and reserve anyone of the items listed below!
Pinewood Derby Tracks
Raingutter Regatta Trough
Leather Working Equipment
Turkey Bowling Pins
AND SO MUCH MORE!
Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission.
Because you give time and effort to Scouting, youth in your pack, troop, crew, or post will have advantages in life they may not otherwise have. A study done by Harris Interactive shows that compared to their non-Scout peers, Scouts grow up to perform better in school, are more financially responsible, and give more to their communities through acts of service and charitable giving. All of this starts by giving youth the opportunity to join a strong and healthy unit. Together we can inspire youth and their families to take advantage of all that Scouting has to offer.
Pack Recruitment Resources
Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family. In Scouting, boys and girls, start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.
The council-wide sign-up night campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. Begin your planning by attending the council’s fall sign-up night training. Involve all of your pack leaders in the recruiting efforts by inviting everyone to training! At this training, the council will provide support materials to help you have a successful sign-up night. This years training will be held September 2nd, 2020.
Webelos to Scout Transition
By planning and coordinating efforts, the pack and troop can:
Help make the Webelos-to-Scout transition seamless
Give all Webelos Scouts a chance to experience the fun and excitement of joining a Scout troop.
Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement, and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.
A steady flow of youth into a Scout troop is essential to maintaining the troop’s health. New Scouts bring energy and enthusiasm to the troop program. When it comes to attracting and retaining new members, the prerequisite focus for all troops is to ensure their program is delivering the promise of Scouting – the Scouts enjoy fun monthly outings, awsome long-term opportunities, summer camp opportunities at Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation, and dynamic weekly meetings.
Having an effective year-round growth plan in place will help attract new Scouts. A helpful step for any recruitment effort is to appoint a troop committee member to serve as the troop membership chair. This person will develop and implement a year-round growth plan that incorporates all methods of recruitment, working closely with Cub Scout packs in the community, the district membership committee, and the unit commissioner.
Generally, there are three methods of recruiting new Scouts into troops. A good year-round recruiting plan addresses all three:
- Graduate Webelos Scouts into a Scout Troop
- Host a Troop Open House
- Youth and Recruitment – Encourage your current Scouts to recruit others into the Troop
Venturing is a program for youth ages 14 – 21. Venturing is for those who love to explore their passions, make new friends, and discover the world. Venturers are always looking for an adventure. Rappelling a cliff. Perfecting their shot. Designing a robot. Kayaking into the sunset. Exploring their faith. Volunteering at an animal shelter. The choice is theirs! Each activity provides an opportunity for youth to shine and learn more about themselves and the world around them. Venturing is youth-led and youth-inspired. Youth acquire life skills and gain experiences that will prove to be valuable regardless of where their future takes them, all while having a blast.
Exploring – Learning for Life’s career education program
Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.
Programs are based on five areas of emphasis:
Career Opportunities – Real-world career skills facilitated by caring professionals.
Leadership Experiences – Training opportunities to develop the leadership skills that employers desire as well as leadership opportunities for youth within the program.
- Life Skills – Conflict resolution, problem solving, teamwork, and communication.
- Citizenship – Service learning opportunities in your community.
- Character Education – Professionalism and ethical decision making.
To learn more about the opportunities in Exploring visit www.Exploring.org
If you know of a business that would like to charter an Exploring Club or Post contact your District Executive.
in their neighborhoods. Simply go to BeAScout.org and type in your zip code to find the closest Scouting in your area. Unit leaders should be populating their “unit pin” in order to display the most accurate information. To edit your unit’s pin look under Legacy Tools on My.Scouting.org
How to update your BeAScout.org pin
Updating your BeAScout.org pin is simple, and it’s a good way to make sure your information is current — that it doesn’t list last year’s Cubmaster or meeting time, for example.
Access to update your pin is available to all unit leaders, including committee members in a unit.
To update your pin:
- Go to My.Scouting.org
- In the drop-down menu, go to Legacy Web Tools and select BeAScout.
- Choose “unit” (rather than council) under “Unit Pin Mode” to update the pin with your contact info.
- Be sure to set pin status to “active.” If they want the “Apply Now” button on the pin, set “Apply Status” to “active.”
- Note that it may take a few hours, or up to overnight, for the updated information to show up.
- For Cub Scout packs: You’ll also want to go to Organization Manager and identify your pack’s gender: all-boy, all-girl or a mix of all-boy dens and all-girl dens. Under Organization Manager, find the settings tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. The default is Boys Dens, but you can change that. Be sure to enter an effective date or it will not update the pin.
Unit New Member Coordinators
Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends partly on reaching new audiences to invite them to join the unit and partly on engaging new members and their families so that they feel welcomed and want to stay. The role of the New Member Coordinator is to ensure that both keys to success take place.