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VAC Leads Central Region in Membership Growth

​​​   I recently received a note from our Chief Scout Executive talking about Scouting's fall membership progress (See below).  You'll be glad to know that our team -- staff, volunteers, parents and Scouts alike, led the Central Region of the BSA in total memberhsip growith as of the end of September with 3.9% more members than this time last year.  Further, our fall School Night to Join Scouting - dubbed "Rocket into Scouting" was a resounding sucess. The number of new members registered this fall through 9/30 vs last year 9/30 was up by almost 40%. This is on top of recruitments in 2011, 2012, and 2013 that were very strong in their own respect.

Heading into October and the rest of the fall, here are some of the next steps:

  • Follow-up with those who attended a school night, but didn't register. Personally invite them back.
  • Ensure that those who did register are in active and trained dens
  • Get all leaders trained
  • Involve the new parents. Give them a job. Have them complete Youth Protection Training.
  • Don't overlook the leads that came through online at  These folks deserve prompt call backs.
  • Get the Scouts to camp. Go to Fun With Son, do a Pack outdoor activity yet this fall.
  • Make sure the new recruits have an opportunity to sell popcorn
  • Plan to get your renewal processed and ready to finalize at November 1's Super Scouting Saturday.

Thanks again to all who help deliver a quality Scouting program to an increasing number of young men.



David A. Nolle | Scout Executive/CEO

P 218.729.5811 | Direct: 218.740.4520
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To: Scout Executives, Area Directors, Regional Directors

From: Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive

Re: Fall Recruitment

As a membership organization, we're always keeping a close eye on how our recruitment efforts are going throughout our councils—especially during the fall, our prime recruitment season.

I am pleased to report that our Cub Scout registrations are up by more than 9,000 in the August-September period compared to the same time last year. Also, all four regions are showing an increase in Cub Scout recruitment this fall, resulting in a 4.3 percent increase nationally. Following are the percentages of increase by region:

  • Northeast 8.8%
  • Southern 1.2%
  • Central 8.1%
  • Western 3.7%

While it is early in the recruitment cycle, this is a good sign since Cub Scouting is the starting point for most new members.

This raises the question of what caused these positive, albeit early, results. This is a result of your efforts and those of our volunteer leaders. Vigorous recruitment efforts are underway using tools and resources like the newBuild an AdventureExternal Linkrecruitment campaign, and we can see by these early numbers that young people and families across our nation are responding.

It is still early in the year and we have much left to do. But I know we are up to the challenges of both feeding this momentum to keep our new Cub Scouts engaged and excited about Scouting and building upon that success. Thank you and keep up the good work!



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