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School Night to Join Scouting - Touching More Lives with our Program!

Volunteers from across the Tecumseh Council are working together on the 2014 School Night to Join Scouting program.

The efforts of one individual to provide a quality Scouting program can influence many young people and change an entire community. But it won’t be accomplished unless leaders plan to reach out to the youth in their community.

All boys should have the opportunity to become a Scout. Every parent should have the opportunity to participate in Scouting with his or her child.

School Night is one of the most effective ways to invite boys and their parents to join and become an integral part of our program.  Our council goal is to recruit 1,000 new Cub Scouts.

All boys who join on School Night will receive $25 worth of free food and activities at Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs.  Below are links for resources to help your pack hold a successful School Night to Join Scouting.

Preparing for a Successful School Night Recruitment

What the pack should do:

  1. Attend the school open house
    • Have an eye catching display
    • Be in uniform
    • Distribute parent information
    • Ask parents to fill out applications and sign up boys that night 
  2. Contact all first grade parents of boys and invite them to join
  3. Promote the School Night recruiting date in school/PTO newspaper, website and bulletin board
  4. If possible, have someone from your pack (who is an enthusiastic presenter) help your District Executive with the boy talk at school
  5. Plan a short, exciting School night sign-up night
    • Make sure a greeter is at the door welcoming new parents and boys (hand out application, Boy’s Life, store flyer & parents guide at this time)
    • Split boys and parents so the boys are doing a fun activity while the parents get information about the pack
    • Have every parent fill out the sign-in sheet and collect youth applications from all parents that evening (don’t let them walk out with the application)
    • Announce a date for the parents orientation meeting (should be no more than two weeks later)
    • Submit registration forms for processing no later than September 30.(every new Scout whose application is turned in by this date will receive $25 of free Young’s Dairy activities and food) 
  6. Attend Spook-a-Ree and invite all of your new Cub Scouts – they will have a         great Scouting experience right after joining

What the council will do:

  1. Visit with school district superintendent to discuss the School Night plan
  2. Along with District Membership Chairman, distribute School night materials at Program Preview and review plan
  3. Deliver two sets of recruiting flyers to the school (1st = two weeks before the School Night recruiting date, 2nd = day before of day of recruiting date) along with posters
  4. Schedule and conduct boy talks at the schools
  5. Put up a yard sign with date, time and location at the school
  6. Send press releases to local newspapers
  7. Along with commissioners, assist with School Night recruitments and parents orientation meeting
  8. Schedule a local headquarters to turn in registration forms or pick them up from you


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