August 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
September 2007 Theme
Cub Scout Express
Citizen & Communicator
Tiger Cub Activities
PACK ADMIN HELPS
Fall Round Up
I can’t possibly tell you all the details of running a great
Join Scouting Night, School Night for Scouting, Back to
School Night, Cub Scout Round Up Night or whatever else you want
to call your Fall recruitment and membership drive within the
space limits of an issue of Baloo. The amount of material is
endless. Two of my favorite sites –
Leslie’s Cub Bob White’s Pow Wow Online,
Carol’s Cub Roundtable,
Both have extensive material on this topic.
There is a 35 page handout called “Key Elements of a
Successful Fall Round Up,” that should be available from
your local council. Carol has posted it on her Race to
Scouting section –
So here are some good ideas to start you thinking about your
event that I found on Twin Valley Council’s website.
Have a great Fall recruitment – and to quote
our slogan here in Southern NJ Council –
Drive for Five – may you each have a charter
with at least five more members than last year when you renew.
The 4 P's of School Night for Scouting
Twin Valley Council, BSA
All boys and their parents are invited to
the School Night location nearest their home to learn about
Scouting and joining a Tiber Cub group, Cub Scout Pack, or Boy
Scout Troop. It is the intent that every Pack and Troop in the
Council participate on the same night. Here is an opportunity to
permit many boys to become members.
It enlists the support of parents
It leads to the organization of new units
It is a recruiting idea of proven excellence.
"School Night for Scouting" will take place
Thursday, September 19, 2002. It is a short, fast moving session
where boys and parents gather to see simple displays and to hear
a brief outline for the Scouting program. They will talk with
adult leaders, fill out applications, (parents too), pay fees,
and get needed information about meetings and activities. If
existing Units cannot absorb the boys, they will meet with an
organizer and a new unit organization will be started
At the same time, for each new boy and new
adult, the Unit completes additional enrollments, collects fees,
and makes a report to the District Coordinator at the District
Report Meeting scheduled to immediately follow the sign up
meetings. So let's get started! Be a part of the largest
recruitment effort ever undertaken by our Council. We're proud
to have you as part of our team. Let's move forward together and
prepare for September 19, the first day of Scouting membership
for hundreds of boys in South Central Minnesota.
School Night for scouting requires people.
It attracts new people expressly for this single opportunity.
They need to be selected early and trained in their
responsibilities. Personnel essential to the success of the
The District Coordinator conducts training for the
unit leaders and presides at the School Night for Scouting
district report meeting to collect fees, applications, etc
Unit leaders from the area to enroll boys and
their parent in the Pack and Troop.
A Tiger Cub Organizer from each Pack for Tiger den
School Night for Scouting takes time in
preparation. At least three months are involved in important
meetings and training. Other preparations begin even earlier.
The time schedule outlines the minimum time requirements to do a
thorough job. Personnel are urged to read their job description
thoroughly and then strive to complete the steps "on time".
All facets of "School Night" are designed
to make this one meeting in each school successful. Work ahead
so you're ready for the Fall
Boys and their parents are promised
Scouting through the School Night for Scouting program. These
promises can be, and must be kept. Key individuals in keeping
this commitment are the unit leaders and organizers. The unit
leader must be willing to accept new boys and to ensure each boy
receives what has been promised. He must realize this is the
time to sign up additional help and to have parents accept
definite responsibilities. There will be no better opportunity
than the one at hand.
The commitment of the organizer is to see
that new unit organization is started and then follow it through
the completion to provide a Scouting program for boys who cannot
be absorbed in existing units.
School Night for Scouting Agenda
Adapted from Twin Valley Council, BSA
You may choose to make a School Night for
Scouting flip chart based on the following agenda to ease your
Have the following ready –
American flag and unit flag
Direct boys and parents to visit exhibit
and display areas.
Set up sign with unit number, sponsor, and
time and place of meetings.
At least two Cub Scouts in uniform.
Pictures and/or slides of activities,
especially Day Camp.
Sign to direct First Grade boys to special
Tiger Cub meeting room.
Other display items might includes Pinewood
Derby cars, projects from past Scout Shows, etc
Have boys and parents fill out a name tag.
Have parents fill out attendance card for
Split out Tiger Cubs (1st grade boys and
their parents to different locations.)
Teach "When the Sign Goes Up".
Here is a simple way to get order for
announcements or the next order of business. Explain that
whenever you raise your hand in the Scout sign, the group is to
become attentive and stop talking.
Have everyone practice it a few times until the
proper reaction becomes automatic. This method of getting order
saves your voice and nerves. Explain to the boys "when the sign
goes up, everyone is to listen".
Flag ceremony--Cub Scout Den
Form two lines facing each other. The flag is
marched up between the lines with all personnel saluting. The
flag is halted at the head of the lines and turned about face,
whereupon all assembled give the Pledge of Allegiance.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Briefly state purpose of meeting.
Tell prospective members and their parents about
Scouting's opportunities in the neighborhood and inform them as
to how they may participate.
Tell how Cub Scouting does business.
Creates a partnership with an institution such as
PTA, church, or civic group to use the Cub Scout program with
The unit is owned by the chartered partner
(school, civic club, etc.)
The chartered partner provides unit meeting place
The (name your local council) provides program
literature and tools, training for leaders, volunteer and
professional guidance and a major activity schedule, including
provision of camp facilities. Let everyone know when the next
scheduled training session is.
Cub Scouting is for boys in grades 1-5.
Cub Scouts join a Pack. The Pack meets once a
month and it's a family meeting (Mom, Dad, brothers & sisters).
The boy is assigned to a den which has 6-8 members and meets
once a week.
Talk about benefits of Boys' Life.
Introduce Unit Leaders
Place great emphasis on each parent joining
Scouting with their son.
Parents who have boys of Scouting age are the
major source of leadership. Cub Scouting is volunteer led.
Full support and cooperation of every parent is
essential to a successful Cub Scout program.
Parents can help carry their share by serving as
unit leaders or den leaders, unit committee members or
auxiliaries, or by cooperating on transportation for Cub Scout
Parents need to keep informed.
Parents should encourage their boy in his
Leadership Meeting place and time
BOYS' LIFE SUBSCRIPTION –
Policies and procedures (if appropriate).
Review unit program for the coming year.
Leader should distribute a "hand out" describing
the Unit's planned program for the next 12 months.
Distribute and review applications for membership.
Work on organization of new dens as required.
Process applications for membership... Cub and adult.
Fill out applications and collect fees for new enrollments.
Adult applications need to be signed by a representative of the
unit's chartering organization.
Our next meeting will be _________
Mention Boys Life magazine again
Have inspirational Cubmaster’s Minute (Closing
Tell everyone Pack parents will remain t answer
Dismiss Boys and Parents
SCHOOL NIGHT FOR SCOUTING' REPORT
Turn in Report along with all the registration forms
to your District Coordinator.
It does nobody any good for you to keep those
applications on your refrigerator until charter renewal, you
“get them all together,” “I get a chance to look them over
again”, … (or any of the myriad other excuses I have heard over
Until you file that application –
The new Cub does not have BSA insurance
Will not begin receiving Boys’ Life, which is
usually three months after registration anyway
Your council may refuse to process awards for him
as he is not registered (Mine does – CD)
Straighten up meeting room facilities - remove displays - thank
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