Pack Recruitment Resources

We want to reach out to each potential Cub Scout and his family with a personal invitation to join a pack within our council, where they will learn positive values, new skills and have fun with friends. This site will give you the resources that you need to ensure that you can reach every potential Scout and Scouting family and help to change even more lives. YOU are the driving force that can give every youth the opportunity to Be A Scout!

We are excited to announce that the fall recruiting campaign is going to be Rocket Into Scouting.

The Rocket Into Scouting program is designed to take your recruiting efforts to new heights. With a focus on fun, this program invites families in your community to experience the adventures that only Scouting can offer. The program leverages an activity that kids love (building and launching rockets) while showing parents that Scouting will foster their child’s creativity, initiative, and sense of wonder.


Sign Up Night Campaign

The council-wide sign-up night campaign focuses on recruiting new families to the fun and adventures of Cub Scouting. Begin your planning by attending your district's sign up night training. Involve all your pack leaders in recruiting by inviting everyone to training! The council will provide support materials to your pack for sign up night.

Sign Up Night Guide


Sign Up Night Training

Each district will hold a sign-up training in August. Check your district website for the date and location. At the training, packs will receive Join Cub Scouting envelopes containing: New Parent Orientation Guide, flyer, promotional cards, Cub Scout applications and a Boys' Life Mini Magazine.

Boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a rocket patch for joining. Scouts who join in September will also receive a rocket that they will be able to design, build, and launch at a fall district event. Packs can pick these incentives up from their district membership chair.  .


2016 Incentive

Table Tents and Signs

2016 Flyer


Promotion Ideas

To ensure families get the message that it’s time to sign up, use various methods of communication and be sure to have a plan. You should start to build the buzz at least six weeks out from your sign-up event(s). The council and district will help get the word out, but the majority of your success will come from unit marketing.

How much access you have to promote Scouting in your schools will help you decide the best ways to market your sign-up event. Here are some suggestions – but these are just thought-starters. Don’t limit yourself. The more ways you reach parents, the more success you’ll have.

In-School Promotion

If you have full access to promoting your event at the schools, you can employ any of the following best practices.

  • Distribute sign-up event fliers the week before the sign-up event
  • Posters and yard signs around school
  • School rallies or boy talks at the school
  • Back-to-school open house events, school carnivals, and conferences
  • Electronic backpacks
  • Invite current youth and parents to attend lunch at school in uniform
  • ƒVideos on in-school video networks
  • School newsletter or website
  • School marquee signs


Boy Talks

Boy talks can make a huge difference when signing up new Cub Scouts! Schools that provide access to boy talks are the way to go. A Boy Talk is simply visiting each classroom and getting the boys excited about Scouting.

The boy talk is where youth excitement is created. The district’s Cub Scout sign-up training will help give you the skills to put on an effective boy talk. Boy talks work best by going class-to-class and giving a five-minute promotion on the fun that Scouting has to offer. If this scenario is not feasible then a school assembly will work; however, classroom talks are best. When speaking with the school, thank them for working with us in the development of youth and their community.

Helpful hint: Consult with your district executive if you should need assistance with your boy talks. These energetic in-school presentations will dramatically increase the success of your recruitment!

Out-of-School Promotion

Here are several ideas for promoting the event outside of the schools. These tactics can be done either in tandem with your in-school promotions or on their own if you are not able to get full access to the schools.

  • Ask current members to use social media to let their friends and family know about sign-up event nights
  • Personalized invitations, emails, and personal phone calls to prospective parents
  • Door hangers and door-to-door invitations
  • Recruit-a-friend and other peer-to-peer recruiting initiatives
  • Fliers and boy talks at after-school programs or churches in the community
  • Church and community websites, calendars, and bulletins
  • Press releases
  • Billboards, posters, and yard signs in the community (businesses, churches, etc.)
  • Community fairs, parades, and other events
  • Peer-to-Peer cards (business cards). Ask Scouts to hand these to friends. Ask parents to pass them out with Halloween candy.
  • Plan a second event to invite prospective Cub Scouts (e.g., pack meeting invite)—use the second chance flyers.


Make your plans early to ensure that your pack has a great fall recruiting campaign – ask someone to join Cub Scouting today!



Social Media

Your district or unit can leverage social technologies to improve recruiting. Social technologies are changing the way we collaborate and communicate with each other. Many traditional forms of marketing and advertising have been replaced by online word-of-mouth as consumers share their experiences online. In fact, according to Forrester, a premier technology research company, 75 percent of people in the U.S. use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.). That means for many families, the decision to join Scouting is going to start with online engagement.

BSA Social Media Resources

Sample Headlines: • Adventure is waiting. • Cub Scouts - Start Your Adventure • Build Your Adventure! • Adventure is Waiting. Join Cub Scouts.• Find Cub Scout Adventures Near You • Cub Scouting is Learning Through Adventure • Find Cub Scout Adventures • Rocket into Scouting!•  Rocket into Scouting. Join Cub Scouts Today! • Find Cub Scouts Near You  • Your Son will Thank You!  • Build his confidence with Cub Scouts. • Scouting families are supportive families. •  Direction for Him. Peace of Mind for You • Leadership, Character, Confidence. • Learn More About Cub Scouts • Interested in Cub Scouts? •  Considering Cub Scouts? • Enjoy the great outdoors with the Cub Scouts. 

Sample Body Text

  • When He Learns Through Adventure, He Learns For Life. Help Your Son Build Strength & Character Through Cub Scout Adventures. Learn More Today!
  • Cub Scout Adventures Build Memories For the Whole Family. Click to Find New Adventures near you.
  • Goodbye Video Games, Hello Adventure! Enjoy the Great Outdoors with Cub Scouts. Click to Find an Adventure near you.
  • He's Growing Up Fast. Cub Scouting Can Help Him Grow Up Right. Help Your Son Be His Best! Click for Info
  • He's Growing Up Fast. Cub Scouting Can Help Him Grow Up Right. Don't miss the adventure! Sign Up Today.
  • How Will You Celebrate When Your Son Earns His First Belt Loop? Cub Scouts Brings Families Together with Activities & Adventures. Sign Up Today.
  • With Dozens of Activities from Camping to Pinewood Derby, Cub Scouts Have Fun and Learn Life Lessons Every Day. Find a Den Near You!
  • From Hiking, Camping, Roasting Marshmallows, and More, Cub Scouting is a Fun Way to Learn About the Great Outdoors. Sign Up for Cub Scouts Today.
  • Did You Know There Are 1.3 Million Cub Scouts Ages 6-10 in the U.S.? Cub Scouts Have Fun While Developing Character and Leadership Skills That Last A Lifetime. Join Today!
  • 1.3 Million Cub Scouts Ages 6-10 Learn Life Lessons Every Day. Click to Find a Cub Scout Program in Your Area and Prepare Your Son for Life.

Sample Link Description: • Adventure is Waiting. Learn More! • Build Your Adventure Today! • Adventure Awaits. Join Today. • Explore Cub Scout Adventures. • Family. Fun. • Adventure. • Your Next Adventure Starts Now • Find a Local Cub Scout Program. • Join the Cub Scout Ranks. • Find Cub Scouts Near You. • Click to Join Cub Scouts. • Explore Cub Scout Programs • Learn More About Cub Scouts. • Explore Cub Scout Requirements • Learn About Cub Scout Ranks.

Photos and Videos

Here are some social media images that units and districts can utilize. Right click on the photo and save to your desktop. Additional resources
















On the Web

For many families, the decision to join Scouting is going to start with online engagement. It is vital that parents can find your unit using internet searches. Please make sure your unit completes these two steps:

Step 1. Verify unit information on district website

Verify your unit's contact information on your district website. There is a unit page on the toolbar of every district website.  Please make sure your unit’s information is correct.  There is a link at the top of the page to submit corrections to the webmaster. 

The information on this page is important as it shows up in internet searches. Also, fill out our social media survey, so we can help promote your unit.

Step 2: Update

Make sure your unit’s information is correct on is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. Is your unit information up to date or do you have the unit leader from three years ago as your contact?


We suggest you list your feeder school(s) and/or church in the description. If your unit does not have a website, refer them to the district website (preferably the unit’s page, for example, 

The following registered leaders in your unit have the ability to update your unit's meeting location and contact information:

(A) Unit Leader: this means your Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Crew Advisor or Skipper
(B) Unit Committee Chair
(C) Chartered Organization Representative

Here’s what you need to do to update your unit's pin - the whole process should take less than 10 minutes:

  • Step 1. Log onto your account at “” and select “BeAScout” from the Unit Tools section on the left-hand menu. A new page will be displayed: There are two "tabs" on this window, and you should be on "Unit Pin Management" - if not, then click the "Unit Pin Management" tab. 
  • Step 2. Take a moment to look over the Unit Pin Management screen: If at any time you are lost, look for the "Help" link in the upper right-hand corner of the page for help.  Also, note that the "Google Pin Preview" section, in the bottom-right area of the page, will display what will appear on the Google map.  It will change as you enter/edit information in these steps. 
  • Step 3. Check the "Unit Description" - this box contains a combination of your unit name and your chartered organization. If that the information is incorrect then reach out to your district executive (DE) for assistance. 
  • Step 4: If your Scout unit has a website, enter the web address (URL).  Otherwise, enter your district website, preferably the unit’s page on the district website (e.g., You can always edit this field later if your unit establishes a website.
  • Step 5. Update the Alternate Unit Description: many units opt to type their unit type and number followed by their meeting location (example: "Pack 867 - Lincoln Elementary")
  • Step 6: Make sure the Pin Status says "Active" if you want your pin visible to perspective Scouts and parents on the map. 
  • Step 7a: Select your primary contact. The primary contact will receive all emails from prospective Scout parents, so be sure to let the person know that they will be responding to all parent leads. If the fields in this section are "grey" then you must check the "Contact Person" box in the "Fields Displayed on Google Pin" section at the bottom-left side of the page.  If the person is already a registered adult leader in your Scout unit, then their name will be selectable from a list.  Once selected, all information is automatically provided in this section's fields. 
  • Step 7b: Also be sure to check all the information with the primary contact volunteer and edit fields that are no longer current (e.g., phone number, email address). It is very important that you keep this information up-to-date as volunteers and contact information will change over time.
  • Step 8. Enter the location where your unit holds its meetings (address information). This address will dictate where your unit pin will appear on Google Maps.  Note that it may be helpful to enter the name of your meeting location "address 1" and the street address on "address 2"

  • Step 9. Type special announcements, up to 133 characters, in the box under Special Announcements. We suggest you list your feeder school(s) and/or church.

  • Step 10. Check the Google PIN preview - this is a preview of what will appear on the map. Parents will only be able to see what is in this box, so please review it carefully for accuracy. 

  • NOTE: There is an option to change the icon from a Scouting map symbol representing your unit type to something else. Please DO NOT change the unit logo icon.
  • Step 10. Once you are done, click the “SAVE” button and your information will be uploaded.

That’s all you need to do to set up your unit for Be sure to do this as soon as possible so your unit will get recruiting leads.


Recruiting Resources

Parent Orientation Night

Rocket Day

Recruitment Ideas

National Resources

New Leader Resources

Selecting Leaders

SHAC Membership Committee Resources

Webelos to Scout Transition

New Units

Spring Recruiting

Packs are encouraged to hold spring recruiting events. Invite newly recruited Scouts and kindergarteners to attend day camp and pack summer events. This is a great opportunity to get them engaged in the program. Sometimes we think we can only recruit in the fall, but spring is a great time to get new Tiger Cub Scouts and their families involved early.










For more information, contact your district membership chair or district executive.