|When you join the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting is like an extension of your family: It follows your values, it sees to the overall care and well-being of your child, and it’s always there for you. It’s not an either/or choice you have to make for your child. It works with you to let you manage your time and other activities and will always be there when you return.
Maturity. Youth experience dramatic physical and emotional growth. Scouting offers them opportunities to channel much of that change into productive endeavors. Through service projects and Good Turns, Scouts can discover their place in the community. Many Scouting activities allow youth to associate with others from different backgrounds. The religious emblems program offers pathways for Scouts to more deeply understand their duty to God. The unit provides each Scout with an opportunity to explore, to try out new ideas, and to embark on adventures that sometimes have no design other than to have a good time with good people.
Flexibility. The Scouting programs are flexible and accommodate the need to balance the work and life requirements of a busy family. It’s easy to plan for meetings and activities, and if something unexpected comes up, just let your leader know—it’s expected in the lives we live today.
Adaptability. Your child can work on achievements at his or her own pace. For example, if your child is in a spring soccer league and has to miss several meetings and activities, he or she still can complete and sign off on Scout activities to work toward the next level.
Transferability. The skills and values your child learns through Scouting can be applied in any non-Scouting activity he or she participates in. As your child builds character, this can be an especially valuable defense to the peer pressure all youth experience when growing up.
What are the levels of Scouting?
Cub Scouts (Boys – Grades 1-5). is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in the second through fifth grade (or who are 8, 9, and 10 years old). Activities emphasize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
Boy Scouts (Boys – Ages 11-18). A year-round program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they are 10 years old and have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.)
Varsity Scouting- An active, exciting, year-round program for young men 14 through 17 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events.
Exploring (Coed – Ages 14-20) . This is a worksite-based program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Explorer posts organizations match youth career interests and develop activities that initiate growth, learning and development.
STEM Scouting (Coed – Ages 8-18). STEM Scouts is a national pilot program from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), focused on fun ways for girls and boys, grades 3 – 12, to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Using hands-on activities, STEM Scouts also encourages young minds’ natural curiosity and helps build interest in the STEM-related careers that are so crucial to our future economy.
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2015 Fall Membership Campaign
It’s hard to believe that school is back in session. The start of the school year also brings the start of fall Cub Scout Recruitment. All packs should be having Pack Committee meetings in July to plan their fall recruitment activities. Some of the ideas each unit should be considering:
- Appoint a membership chair to coordinate the event and attend District membership Meetings
- Plan your units activities for the year
- Put together a unit brochure that contains unit contact information, meeting time and place and the units calendar of activities
- Put together displays of the packs activities and projects
- Start contacting the schools you want to recruit from. Ask to advertise a school night for scouting and schedule a date.
- Be sure to recruit new adult leaders
- Order recruitment supplies from the council office according to your district Please see the links below.
The main objective is to get all units out there and recruiting. Each unit is best suited to recruit for themselves. If you have any questions or need help please contact Tess English @ Tess.English@scouting.org or (520) 750-0385 ext. 17
If you would like to request materials please select your district and they will be ready in the council office within 72 hours:
Where to Begin
Call the Scout Office at (520) 750-0385 or find out information at BeAScout.org to find a unit near you!
Are bigger packs and troops better than smaller ones? Not necessarily. Some smaller units offer a world-class Scouting experience. But one thing’s for sure: larger packs and troops get that way because they generally offer a really appealing program, AND they know how to recruit. It’s time to think about what makes a really successful Cub Scout recruitment night. Here are ten proven strategies used by highly successful Cub Scout Packs.
Read More about the Ten Strategies
HOW TO RECRUIT A FRIEND
The most effective recruiter in Scouting is a Scout who is enthusiastic about his troop. Everyone can help make their troop bigger and better. If you have someone that you think would like to join scouts check this out and also this cool video.