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Membership Chair: Gene Bannister
Phone: 573-431-2856


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!



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 SNJS:  

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 school grounds

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 or at 573-644-2221.

Additional Information 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.

3.  Promote.  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  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.



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 membership contact:

District Membership Chair: Gene Bannister
Phone: (573) 431-2856