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Venturing Recruiting Tools

Visit the Venturing Toolbox on Scouting  for resources for your crew (or contact the council service center at chestercounty@scouting.org)

What’s the secret to getting older youth into the program?

(Here's a August 2014 Blog by Scouting Magazine's "Bryan on Scouting" to help guide troops and crews.)

Start by listening to the August 2014 ScoutCast. In it, you’ll hear from Scott Woolery, the chartered organization representative for a Minnesota troop that boasts a whopping 104 current youth members. Woolery is also a Northern Star Council board member.

What are the benefits of having a larger troop or crew?

“If you have more youth, you typically have more adults,” Woolery tells the podcast hosts. “And if you have more adults, you have more resources available for the kids to go out and have fun.”

Woolery offers these ideas for recruiting older Scouts and Venturers:

  • Try peer-to-peer recruiting (“Bring a friend” isn’t just for Cub Scouts)
  • Hold open houses or presentations at schools (assuming the school/district allows it)
  • Tap into other youth organizations, such as church youth groups
  • Find recruiting tools online
  • Find recruiting tools available through your council
  • Make sure parents get involved

To that last point, Woolery explains that parents “have contact with other adults who have kids that are the same age as their own children are.” So it makes sense for them to approach those adults and invite them to a meeting or campout.

When do you recruit older Scouts and Venturers? Constantly, Woolery says.

“Recruiting is a 12-month opportunity,” he says. “If we think we’re only going to recruit in the fall, we will only recruit in the fall. On the other hand, if every time a unit or a district or a council has an event and they ask themselves what can we do to make this a bring-a-friend event,” recruiting will naturally follow.

Listen to the August 2014 ScoutCast here.

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