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Troop Open House Timeline 

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.

Follow the Troop Open House calendar below for specific suggestions for this recruitment plan. 

  • CM-Cubmaster
  • PLC-Patrol leaders' council
  • SM-Scoutmaster
  • SPL-Senior patrol leader
  • TCC-Troop committee chair
  • TG-Troop guide
  • TMC-Troop membership chair
  • WDL-Webelos den leader
September

February

Person Responsible

1

Set a date and plan a troop open house for March.

SM, TMC, SPL

September

March

Person Responsible

1

Conduct a school rally introducing fifth- and sixth-grade boys to Scouting. Have them complete the High-Adventure Survey, No. 34241.

SM, TMC, SPL

2

Follow up with interested youth by sending a personal invitation to the troop open house and making a personal telephone call to their parents.

SM

3

Hold the troop open house to welcome potential Boy Scouts and their parents.

SM, TMC, SPL

4

Plan a troop activity to get new Scouts involved with the troop shortly after they join.

SM, TMC, TG, PLC

September

April

Person Responsible

1

Sponsor a troop activity for new Scouts.

SM, TMC, TG, PLC

2

Encourage each troop member to attend summer camp. Conduct summer camp orientation to encourage full troop involvement.

SM, TMC

September

May

Person Responsible

1

Work closely with new Scouts and parents during their transition to the Boy Scout troop, ensuring their needs are met and that their move has been natural and fun.

TMC

2

Work on rank advancement with new Scouts.

SM, SPL, TG


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