Our membership is what we are all here for! Without the
youth, we would have no program. We will always have room for more youth
in the program! If you need flyers or any type of recruiting resources
please contact us.
The Ozark Trailblazers
District works continuously throughout the year to ensure that each boy in our
service area as the opportunity to get involved.
Each unit is encouraged to plan a Spring Recruitment
activity; Open House, School Visit, or even a Venturing Activity or Troop
Activity to invite the public to see.
Cub Scout Packs can recruit graduating Kindergarten students in the
Spring and invite them along on your Summer Time Events!
SCHOOL NIGHT TO JOIN
Every year, during the
first month that each school begins a new session, we work with
local school districts to provide young boys, men and women the opportunity to
get involved in the Scouting program. It is an opportunity to grow
character, practice leadership, and broaden their education.
Here are the things
the district leadership will assist you with to help your unit grow during
o Schedule a School Night at area schools on or
prior to District-wide School Nights
o Distribute flyers to all area schools a few
days prior to the scheduled School Night
o Visit elementary and middle schools for 3-5
minute Boy Talks
o Display Promotional Yard Signs on or near
o Have Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Packs
attend school Open Houses
To schedule your units
School Night to Join Scouting, please contact the District Membership Chair or
District Executive William Lindman at William.email@example.com or at 573-644-2221.
for Unit Leaders:
Four things your unit
can do to have a successful fall recruitment!
1. Appoint a
School Night to Join Scouting Chairman for your unit. Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, and
Venturing Advisors are not always the best person to lead this campaign.
You need someone who can put their focus, attention, and heart to
the task at hand.
2. Place a
School Night on your unit calendar. Parents and youth are looking for a direct and
simple entry method into your unit. Give them a date to show up, sign up,
and get started.
Promote. Promote. You have to get the word out. You have to be
repetitive. Use Facebook and Twitter to promote your School Night.
Get full-page flyers to schools and local churches. Place half-page
flyers directly into youths' hands during school visits, rallies, or open
houses. Get yard signs out! Wear your uniform and have lunch with
your son at school. Invite the people closest to you. Leave no boy
unasked or uninvited.
4. Follow Through.
a. Follow up - Families may come to your School Night
to learn more about Scouting and not sign up immediately. Follow up
with parents or youth to answer questions and concerns.
b. Get new members through orientation - Have a unit program calendar available. New
members should know their first meeting, their first event, and anything
exciting that might be around the corner.
Have you checked out http://www.beascout.org? It's a great new website
that pinpoints all Packs, Troops, and Crews in a given area with specific
information about each unit. If you are
a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Advisor, or Committee Chairman you can
put your contact information on the website making it easier for prospective
Scouts to contact your unit. Please click the link below for more information
on editing the site.
BOYS' LIFE IS NOT JUST A MAGAZINE; IT IS PART OF
We need to encourage all of
our Scouts to subscribe to the Boys'
Life magazine. Statistics show three
things when it comes to Boys' Life:
1. Boys who receive it advance two times as much
as boys who do not subscribe.
2. Boys who receive Boys' Life have
a longer retention rate in the Scouting Program.
3. Boys who receive the program are more likely
to participate in district- or council-activities.
If you have more questions about how to improve your unit
District Membership Chair: Gene Bannister
Phone: (573) 431-2856