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Membership is important. Membership means registration with the Boy Scouts of America. This entails the submission of an application by a young person (with parent or guardian approval) to a unit leader, payment of a membership fee, acceptance by the unit and council, and issuance of an official
registration card.

The Benefits of Youth Membership

  • Access to an active, exciting, fun-filled, and adventuresome program.
  • Authorization to wear a distinctive uniform.
  • Ability to participate in advancement and recognition programs and earn awards for performance.
  • Use of local council long-term camps and Cub Scout day camp programs.
  • Use of national high-adventure bases.
  • Participation in international, national, and regional
    events, such as jamborees.
  • Opportunities for training in leadership, outdoor skills,
    citizenship, career awareness, etc.
  • Identification with a large national organization having
    international affiliations.
  • Association with men and women of character who care
    about young people.

Obligations of Youth Membership

  • Understand the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and intend to
    live by the principles contained in them.
  • Be an active participant in the program and meetings of
    the unit.
  • Learn skills in order to become more self-sufficient and to
    be able to help others.

Membership Committee Tasks


  • Work with the district executive to establish a district growth plan for new-unit and membership growth in
    the district.
  • Use the district market analysis to find out how many
    youth there are of Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout,
    Venturing, and Exploring age.
  • Analyze district membership figures on the number of
    Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and
    Explorers for the past several years.
  • Find out where units of each age level are located to help decide how many units of each type will be
    needed and where.
  • Track membership growth throughout the current year.
  • Develop a list of all potential chartered organizations in
    the district.
  • Develop a plan to support unit new member coordinators.
  • Gather information about various types of community organizations, as well as individual organizations within
    each type.
  • Plan and conduct activity interest surveys with Venturing-age youth.


  • Encourage community organizations to use the Scouting program.
  • Act in close liaison with council leadership to maintain or regain Scouting access to schools.
  • Conduct district relationships conferences for
    heads of chartered organizations and chartered organization representatives.
  • Promote the religious emblems program through your
    religious emblems coordinator.
  • Share information with other district Scouting leaders about how to work more effectively with various types
    of organizations.
  • Work closely with the marketing committee.


  • Recruit and train organizers for new units as well as those needing reorganization.
  • Organize new packs, troops, teams, crews, ships, posts, and clubs using the Unit Performance Guide.
  • Conduct a together plan—a plan to bring Scouting to a number of organizations.
  • Reorganize units that need a new start.
  • Make sure that new or reorganized units are under the care of a member of the commissioner staff before you leave.
  • Promote the whole Scouting family (the organization of packs, troops, teams, and crews in the same chartered
    organization). Some councils have established a “Whole Family of Scouting” award, which stimulates chartered organizations to have the whole family of units.


  • Plan and carry out district Join Scouting events and other youth recruiting campaigns.
  • Help existing units develop a plan of year-round recruiting and an interest in looking for new members.
  • Keep a list of all Scouting units that have not added new members during the past six months. District Scouters help coach units that show no growth in members.