Spring into the Outdoors
Recruiting is a year-round responsibility of all of our adults and youth in the New Birth of Freedom Council. Spring can be a great time to recruit as the promise of summer camp adventures are only weeks away. Prospective Scouts and families are thinking about nice weather, the outdoors, and activities that are at the core of the Scouting camping experiences.
Spring recruitment also comes with a bit of a risk. As the school year winds down, typically, so do the activities of the pack. It is critical that packs that are serious about spring recruitment plan to be active over the summer. A great blueprint for how active a pack should be is the National Summertime Pack Award. Packs can use these events to keep their current Scouts active but can also use them as great opportunities to invite new families to come in and check out the local Scouting Program.
What is Spring Recruitment?
Spring Recruitment is simply the process of inviting and registering new Scouts and their families in the Scouting program.
Spring Recruitment is for kindergarten-age youth going into 1st grade through 4th grade youth going into 5th grade.
Spring Recruitment is NOT for youth going into kindergarten. Lion recruitment should be fall only (starting in August). There are no summer opportunities for Lions and Lions should register as close to the start time of the program for their den, which is the fall. If inquiries are made, packs should collect information and invite this families to recruitment opportunities starting in August.
It is also recommended that packs don’t do spring recruitment for youth entering the 6th grade. If there are inquiries, packs should have the contact information for the local troop(s) to provide to the prospective Scout and his/her family.
Camping, whether a resident camp or a day camp, is a promise that Scouting makes to every new family. For families that join in the spring this is something that we can deliver on right away!
For every Scout that joins in the spring, the New Birth of Freedom will extend the early registration fee regardless of when they sign up for participation in the 2019 Camping Season. This is an additional $15 (Day Camp) to $25 (Cub and Webelos Resident Camps) benefit to each new Scouting family.
New Scouts should coordinate with their unit to register the Scout. Only pay the discount fee, and notify Camping Services of the new reservation. We will then manually adjust the discount for each of those Scouts.
National Summertime Pack Award – Summer Program Planning
Cub Scout Packs stay active during the summer by planning and conducting one activity per month in June, July, and August.
Who Can Earn this Award?
This is an individual recognition for Scouts.
The pack can qualify for the certificate and streamer (provided by the council) by planning and conducting three pack activities–one each in June, July, and August.
Dens with average attendance of at least half their members at the three summer pack events are eligible for a colorful den participation ribbon (available for purchase).
Scouts who participate in all three pack events are eligible to receive the National Summertime Pack Award pin (available for purchase by the pack), which they can wear on the right pocket flap of their uniform.
Planning Summertime Events
The Summertime Activities Tracking Sheet is a great way to frame out your activities for the summer. Activities don’t need to be complicated, but should be well-coordinated, well-communicated, and FUN!
A whole list of great ideas are available here.