Let's Keep the Membership Growing! Lake Minnetonka has welcomed 20 more Scouts to the program over last year!
Why is Membership Growth Important?
Membership Growth simply shows that we're sharing the values of Scouting with more young people and their families. The skills taught in weekly meetings or earned on campouts stay with Scouts forever. From Lifesaving to Citizenship, Scouts gain a deeper understanding of skills that will affect them for the rest of their lives. And in the case of some skills, like First Aid and Emergency Preparedness, Scouting is a unique opportunity to gain know-how that young people might not get anywhere else. Scouting places a very high value on community involvement and scouts take that commitment very seriously, volunteering for a wide range of projects - improving public land and property, serving food banks, and assisting the elderly, impoverished and the unfortunate, among others.
Membership Growth is critical to unit sustainability. By bringing in new members, you continue to replace Scouts who have moved, gone to another unit, aged out, or simply found another activity that is taking their time.
It’s Time to Plan for Unit Recruitment
It's that time of year for packs, troops, crews, and teams to plan for unit recruitment. Each unit needs to reach out into the community and invite new youth members and adult leaders to join their respective units, in addition to using the council's School Night for Scouting program. There are NEW resources available to promote your next recruitment activity using the buttons below.
What can you do to move the Thermometers Higher?
- Continue to promote your Troop Meetings or your Pack Events as Additional Join Nights - Use the newly designed recruitment materials to promote your your meetings or events.
- Have your Scouts Recruit their Friends! - engage your Scouts in inviting their friends to join them in Scouting! Scouts can earn their Recruiter Patch by inviting a friend (or more) to join the Pack
- Host a Bring-A-Friend Event - Have your Scouts invite a non-Scout friend to a district sponsored Bring-A-Friend event, list of upcoming events.
- Let us know the dates of your pack, troop, or crew meetings and district will add them to 'Adventure Is Calling' so prospective families can see what activities are coming up in your pack! The district wills also flyer the schools that we have access to. Please use this simple form.