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Getting Parents to Sign Boys Up for Cub Scouting

Samantha sent in this question:

We are looking for ways to attract mothers to sign their children up for the Cub Scouts. I was wondering if you can give me any tips or what can attract mothers to have their sons join cub scouts. I hope you e-mail me great advice and tips because we want to be able to recruit more boys to join the Boy Scouts of America!

Our district professionals go to local schools and do great presentations directly to the boys. These are well prepared and humourous. Many of the boys go home and insist that their parents go to the School Night to Join Scouting the following evening

At the unit level, having a great program gets boys and their parents involved. If parents hear about all of the fun things a pack is doing, then they want to get their sons involved in it. Without a great program, parents might just see Cub Scouting as another activity to try to cram into an already busy schedule.

Readers, what are your best ideas for convincing parents to sign their boys up for Cub Scouts?

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4 Responses to Getting Parents to Sign Boys Up for Cub Scouting

  1. Carol Maynard August 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM #

    I think that it is important to emphasize the leadership opportunities for the boys. That is an area that sets Cub Scouts apart from sports teams. Show that Cub Scouts will enhance the skills and responsibility that the parents are trying to teach at home.

    Also make sure that you make the parents aware that they will need to be involved in the pack. It is not a “drop and run” babysitting service!

  2. Daniel Szatkowski August 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM #

    Be sure to smile, a lot!

  3. keli August 25, 2014 at 6:31 PM #

    Have a scout go to the school events to tell how much fun they have. The younger ones are really enthusiastic, and irresistible. Have them pick 2-3 favorite activities to tell parents about.

  4. Beth McKinstry August 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM #

    Have your calendar of events ready to show just how much fun you have prepared for the upcoming year for the scouts. You’ll look organized, thoughtful and tuned into what young boys like to do.

    Yes, emphasize, leadership and fun, making new friends and doing new things, that the family may not usually do, ie archery, BB’s, camping, etc.

    In regards to competing with sporting activities, I gently insert that in scouting, no boy sits on the bench!

    Good luck!

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