The past year has been difficult on all of us in a variety of ways. Many families, particularly in Cub Scouting, stop participating due to the pandemic. As the world starts to return to some sort of normalcy, we’d like to work in conjunction with our unit leaders to welcome our dropped Scouts and their families back to Scouting. We’ve code named it WOGGLE: Welcoming Back Our Girls and Guys Lost to the Epidemic.
The first wave of this initiative started last week when we sent out an email and survey link to the parents/guardians of dropped Scouts in grades K-4. Our membership teams are now working with a number of Cub Scout packs throughout the council by providing contact information and resources to invite families back. We’ll be expanding this to all packs and then all units throughout the upcoming months.
We’ve got some great online tools to help recruit and onboard new families, but accurate information and timely follow-up are crucial if we want these tools to work effectively. Join us in June for a series of “Membership Mondays” at lunchtime for some quick tips to help your unit get the most out of these resources. The webinars will be available on-demand after they’re live. Registration is required (you just need to register once and you can choose one or more sessions to attend).
Resources from the July 23, 2020 National Recruitment Webinar on Geofencing, Search, Social Media, Peer-to-Peer Recruiting:
Useful Scouting Wire Articles:
Past 2020 Webinars:
July 9: Tech Edition – BeAScout.org, Invitation Manager Video
August 25: It’s Not Too Late: Five Things You Should be Doing Now Video
Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends not only on having new members join the unit, but also on engaging youth and their families in the unit experiences 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.
The New Member Coordinator (NMC) position has been designed to:
– Be a FUN and engaging position.
– Form relationships with new members and their families.
– Use a team approach by encouraging more than one NMC in a unit, allowing them to tailor their work to individual interests/expertise, as well as to recognize the particular needs of the unit.
– Fit every type of unit, every age level and every program.
– Be recruited and supported by key unit leadership.
– Be provided with training both online and face to face.
– Be mentored by the district membership chair and become part of the district membership team.
– Be visible and easily identifiable at unit gatherings by their Welcoming smiles and their BSA “Welcome” logo that they display and wear on an activity shirt, on a hat or vest or in some cases, a pin on a field uniform.
See below for a list of item available to reserve, click here to reserve on or more of these items:
– 6′ x 2′ Banners
– 6′ Teardrop Banners
– Table Covers (suitable for 6′ or 8′ tables)
– 10′ x 10′ Pop-Up Tents