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Boy Scout Recruiting

A steady flow of youth into a Boy Scout troop is essential to maintaining the troop’s health. New Scouts bring energy and enthusiasm to the troop program. To avoid the pitfall of shrinking membership, a troop should add at least 5 new Scouts every year. Having a year-round growth plan in place will help attract new Scouts.

The first 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.

There are three methods of recruiting new Scouts into troops: 

  1. Graduate Webelos Scouts into a Boy Scout troop. 
  2. Host a troop open house. 
  3. Encourage boy-to-boy recruiting.

The Council Service Center offers a wide variety of helpful materials, distribution flyers and posters, recruitment advise, training, and handouts to aid in the recruitment process. Each District also has trained and skilled professionals who are always willing to help with ideas and suggestions for building and retaining membership, you may contact your communities professional at the Council Service Center. To contact your district executive for recruiting materials and help, see our Contact UsExternal Link section.

Boy Scout "Boy Talk" How-To Video

A “Boy Talk” is BSA’s term for an in-school presentation to youth about Scouting.

Typically these talks are conducted during the school day, during the same week as the Join Scouting Night.

Many schools permit an adult visit the school & explain what Scouting is and distribute information.

It is highly recommended that your unit do a boy talk. Experience tells us that it can triple your recruitment.

Types of “Boy Talks”: Class to class, Assembly, Lunch time.


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