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
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
- 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
- Learn skills in order to become more self-sufficient and to
be able to help others.
Membership Committee Tasks
1. GATHER INFORMATION
- Work with the district executive to establish a district growth plan for new-unit and membership growth in
- 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
- Develop a plan to support unit new member coordinators.
- Gather information about various types of community organizations, as well as individual organizations within
- Plan and conduct activity interest surveys with Venturing-age youth.
2. CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
- 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
- Work closely with the marketing committee.
3. ORGANIZE UNITS
- 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.
4. HELP YOUTH JOIN EXISTING 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.