A steady flow of youth into a Cub Scout pack or Scouts BSA troop is essential to a fun Scouting experience and longevity of the unit.  New Scouts and their families bring energy, enthusiasm and new resources.

To ensure the current success and longevity of a great Scouting program, a unit should add at least 10 new Scouts every year.  Having a year-round growth plan in place will help attract new Scouts.

The first step for any recruitment effort is to select a small recruitment team among parents and/or unit committee members. The team will develop and implement a year-round growth plan that incorporates all methods of recruitment, working closely with other Scouting units in the community, the district membership committee and the unit commissioner. Leads is a National website that non-scouters and scouters alike can use to find units. It’s an easy way to locate a neighborhood Pack Troop or Crew, but first the unit has to enable it and make sure their contact information is correct.

Does your unit have a BeAScout pin? If you aren’t sure, go to and put your zip code in to find out. If your unit doesn’t (or the information is out of date) click here for instructions on how to update your BeAScout Pin.

Cub Scouts

An essential part of Scouting, the Scouts BSA program depends on the foundation of Cub Scouts.  While Cub Scout recruitment is year-round, there are two formal recruitment drives in Spring and Fall.  There are many helpful resources for your pack’s recruitment campaign:

Scouts BSA

There are three methods of recruiting new Scouts into troops:

2019 Scouts BSA Fall Recruitment Campaign Guide

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