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Troop Open House

A troop open house can be an effective tool to recruit new Scouts into a troop, especially in the spring when outdoor activities are on the horizon. Select a date, set up a school rally, and make a presentation to the fifth- and sixth-grade boys to spark their interest, then follow up with an invitation to visit the troop.

The Boy Scout troop open house allows a troop to swing open its doors and roll out the red carpet to welcome guests. It provides a forum to show off Scouting activities and the troop’s accomplishments. It is an effective tool to reach youth who have never tried Scouting.

Hosting a troop open house is a five-step process that has been tried and proven in troops throughout the nation.

Each of the following five steps is vital to the event’s success: 

  1. Present a school rally to fifth- and sixth-graders. 
  2. Mail the parents of interested youth a personal invitation to the troop open house. 
  3. Follow the invitation with a telephone call to the parents. 
  4. Host the troop open house for youth and their parents. 
  5. Organize a troop or district activity to involve new Scouts right away.

Youth join Scouting for the fun and outdoor adventure. Parents want them to join for completely different reasons— character building and leadership training. Following this plan for conducting a troop open house will help you address the wants and needs of both youth and their parents. 

Troop Open House


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