Membership Updates and Committee
Scout Me In – girls are now joining packs! Units are requested to update their BeAScout pin so that the Pin reflects that the unit is a “family” pack, meaning that girls will be part of the program. Click here to see how to update your BeAScout.org pin.
SCOUTS BSA – in February 2019, there will be some all-girl troops in our Council and the name of the BOY SCOUT program will become Scouts BSA. The name of the organization will NOT change…only the title of the program that is available for youth ages 11-17. The term “BOY SCOUTS” will be used until February.
EXPLORER CLUBS – if you have girls ages 11-13 that are interested in joining BSA Scouting NOW, please check with Tony Clark, our District Executive, about an Explorer Club in our District.
Some of these Clubs are being formed so that a girl can begin working on rank advancements and easily transition to an all-girl troop next February. This is not for girls who are Webelos or for girls who are 14 and able to be in Venturing.
Be Prepared – When you are recruiting, be sure to be knowledgeable about the Scouting program. It is important to know about events in your unit…both past successes and future plans. Best of all, have Scouts ready to share some of their best experiences and why they enjoy Scouting.
If you don’t have answers to some questions, don’t make them up…refer the parents to someone who can answer. Questions about BSA can be referred to our District Key 3.
Tools of the Trade – When recruiting, be sure to have pens and signup sheets at events that include spaces for the name of the youth, grade in school, a parent name, email address, and phone number. Give out brochures with contact information for your unit Key 3. Don’t forget to follow up in a timely manner after the event and either email or call the parents and invite them to come to the next unit event. Always have Youth and Adult Applications with you. Seize the moment!
Terminology -“unit” is a general term that refers to a pack, troop or crew and represents unity, that feeling when the Scouts and parents are working together to achieve common goals.
Please contact our Vice Chair of Membership, John McKenna if you have any questions or need information on starting new Packs, Troops, or Crews!