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Summer Boy Scout Recruitment

This summer begin planning your Troop Open House.  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.

In September troops should conduct open house recruiting events and access the recruiting support materials that include:  posters, fliers, youth survey and recruiting "best methods" to help increase the membership of their unit.

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 up 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 conduction a troop open house will help you address the wants and needs of both youth and their parents.

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