Missed the Virtual Recruitment Webinar? Watch it here!
To view the PowerPoint for this presentation, click here.
The Mid-America Council is excited to announce a new way for families to pay for Scouting! In addition to the traditional payment model, in which families pay for an entire year of Scouting up-front at charter renewal, the council will begin offering a subscription model starting in August 2020. Click the links below to find out more.
Online Registration Page for new Scouts – Click here to get signed up for Scouting. Traditional and subscription models available.
Subscription Information – Parent FAQ
Subscription Information – Unit Leader FAQ
Payment Form – Click here for the hard copy to collect payment when turning in a paper application
Online Registration for existing Scouts – Click here to get an existing Scout signed up for the 2021 Membership Subscription plan.
Your Unit’s Online Presence
In today’s society, prospective parents are searching online for the right program for their child. Be sure you have accurate, up-to-date and relevant info out there!
- BeAScout.org– Update your information for our National Recruitment Site and familiarize yourself with National’s Online Registration.
- Create a Facebook Fan Page & Maintain an Active Social Media Presence
Step-by-Step Instruction for FB
How To Create A Facebook Page
How to Create An Event
How to Geofence
Social Media Tips
Social Media Video
Create a Facebook Event for your Sign Up Event listing @BSAMAC as a Co-Host
National’s Social Media Playbook also has a TON of great information!
Your Unit’s New Member Coordinator
It is important to identify a dedicated person to spearhead your recruitment campaign. This person focuses on inviting new members to join and engaging their families so that they feel welcomed and want to stay! New Member Coordinator Resources.
Your Unit’s Recruitment Efforts
Keep in mind it will take numerous touchpoints before prospective families will truly hear your message! Simply passing out flyers is not enough! Look for a variety of ways you can potentially reach your target audience! 101 Ways to Promote your Unit *
- More specific resources can be found under the Pack, Troop or Crew Page. Links found in the menu to the right
- Utilize the BSA Brand Center for resources to customize for your Unit – What’s the Brand Center Video
- Work with your District Membership Chair or District Executive to get the resources you need
- Parade Order Form l Membership Supply Order Form
- Be sure to capture contact information at EVERY possible opportunity to assist in follow up with interested families – Adult Participation Form
- Have plenty of youth applications as well as adult applications on hand. Be leary of emailing a completed adult application as it contains sensitive information such as driver’s license and social security number. Instead utilize the Scouter Services drop box outside the Durham Scout Shop or coordinate application turn in with your District Executive.
Your Unit’s Ideal Year of Scouting
It’s important to let families know you have an exciting year of programming planned for the upcoming year. Providing meeting dates/times/locations and any special activities for the entire year shows potential parents your unit is well organized and illustrates the value of your program! Click here for the IYOS Calendar/Budget Template.
- During COVID-19 it is important to create a Plan B Virtual Program as well. Be sure to meet outdoors if possible following these guidelines and utilize our Scouting at Home resources
- One of the main questions prospective parents will ask is how much does it cost? Be sure you have a well thought out plan to fund your program through the Popcorn Fundraiser and fee structure.
- Creating a tiered Popcorn Goal can illustrate to families how their fees could be covered through their participation in the fundraiser
- Highlight that no Scout will be turned away for an inability to pay and direct families in need of assistance to tinyurl.com/MACFeeAssist
- Offer a monthly payment plan to help ease the burden of up-front costs for families – Subscription Model
- Let parents know how they can purchase a program book and uniform for their Scout – Fall Scout Shop Flyer