A steady flow of youth into a Cub Scout pack or Boy Scout troop is essential to maintaining the unit’s health.  New Scouts bring energy and enthusiasm to the unit program.

To avoid the pitfall of shrinking membership, a unit should add at least 10 new Scouts every year.  Having a year-round growth plan in place will help attract new Scouts.

The first step for any recruitment effort is to appoint a unit committee member to serve as the unit membership chair.  This person will develop and implement a year-round growth plan that incorporates all methods of recruitment, working closely with other Scouting units in the community, the district membership committee and the unit commissioner. Leads is a National website that non-scouters and scouters alike can use to find units. It’s an easy way to locate a neighborhood Pack Troop or Crew, but first the unit has to enable it and make sure their contact information is correct.

Does your unit have a BeAScout pin? If you aren’t sure, go to and put your zip code in to find out.

Cub Scouts

An essential part of Scouting, the Boy Scout program depends on the foundation of Cub Scouts.  While Cub Scout recruitment is year-round, there are two formal recruitments, Spring and Fall.  There are many helpful resources for your pack’s recruitment campaign:

Boy Scouts

There are three methods of recruiting new Scouts into troops: