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Promote Scouting and Win a Chance at a $25 or the Grand Prize
Promote Scouting in your local neighborhoods, schools, and communities for a chance to win a $25 gift card each week and a chance at winning the grand prize. It’s simple! Every submission is a ticket in the weekly $25 gift card raffle drawing and grand prize drawing. The grand prize is a family packet of four tickets to Six Flags or Dorney Park. The winner will also win a pizza party for their unit! This incentive is for youth recruited April 15 through June 29, 2018. . If you have any questions please contact Bill SanFilippo, at 862-777-2524.
Click here to for flier with details and entry form.
2018 Recruiting Material Request Forms
Free Supplies Available to You for Spring Recruitment
Did you know the council membership committee has plenty of free supplies and materials to assist with your spring recruitment efforts?We can make you flyers at no cost for Lions, Family Scouting, or traditional flyers in black and white. We have lawn signs, cardboard Scout cut-outs for flyer distribution, an inflatable Scout and more! You can also borrow a popcorn machine to give out free popcorn at your recruitment event. Need an activity do at your pack open house? We have STEM kits, fishing kits, and archery set up, rain gutter regatta, and a Pinewood derby track that can be borrowed to bring excitement to your recruitment. All of these materials are supplied by the many generous Friends of Scouting (FOS) donations families like you provide to Patriots’ Path Council.
New Family Scouting Recruitment materials are available. More flyers will be made available with “Scouts Me In” this Fall. See below for flyers.
For questions or assistance with your recruitment efforts, please contact your membership team; Al Thomas for Black River, Fishawack, and Sussex districts or Javier Juarez at [email protected] for Raritan Valley, Munsee, and Watching Mountain districts.
For reservation and order forms, please click the Scouting group below.
Are You In? Let’s Get More Boy Scouts! We appreciate all the hours you put in to provide the best program possible for our Scouts. In 2018, the council membership committee would like to help every troop provide their program to more young men. We have developed a plan that allows troops to participate in actively recruiting new 5th and 6th graders to their home troops. By participating, you will get the support of the membership committee and council professionals to assist in securing recruiting materials, open houses, and school talks. Participating? Follow the link here: https://tinyurl.com/AOL2Scout
New Tool: Using Preschools to Recruit Lions
Submitted By: Mary Comerford, Sussex District membership chair
Passing the word to “Scout Me In!” With the welcoming of kindergarten students and girls, we have so much new space to recruit from! Check out one-way Sussex District tapped into a new market. Sussex District hand-delivered a cover letter with a Lions flyer to each of the 44 preschools in 21 towns within the district.
These flyers are meant to spread the word that:
- our Lions program is open to all kindergarteners
- our Family Scouting program now allows girls to participate in the Cub Scout program.
Flyers are to be further distributed by the schools to the parents of all boys and girls entering kindergarten in the fall. These flyers are a follow-up to the letters sent out by Patriots’ Path Council earlier this year. Our flyers were well received and responses were very positive.
Free flyers and recruitment materials/ support is provided by the dollars donated to the Friends of Scouting campaign. Take a look and order what’s provided to you at: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/
(See more tools below)
Trainee New Member Coordinators
Official NMC Uniform Shirts Available
That’s right! You can now purchase your official New Member Coordinator (NMC) polo uniform shirt. The council is selling the shirts through the membership committee. As it states in the NMC training, the official uniform shirt for the volunteer service in this position is the polo shirt. This allows for a more friendly and open welcoming to families at a recruitment event. To purchase a shirt, please find the order form here: Polo shirt order form.
Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends not only on having new members join the unit, but also on engaging youth and their families in the unit experiences so that they feel Welcomed and want to stay. The role of the New Member Coordinator is to ensure that both keys to success take place. For more information contact the council membership chair, John Cristadoro.
New Member Coordinator Position
Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends not only on having new members join the unit, but also on engaging youth and their families in the unit experiences so that they feel Welcomed and want to stay. The role of the New Member Coordinator is to ensure that both keys to success take place.
- Download the printable NMC brochure: A brief summary of the New Member Coordinator position.
- Download the NMC business card template: Take advantage of this handy template to produce your own personalized business cards.
- Download the NMC business card example
- Download the NMC position description: A complete position description as printed in the District Committee Guide.
- Download the Welcome logo: New Member Coordinators need to be identifiable! Wear this logo with pride on an activity shirt, on a hat or a vest or in some cases, a pin on a field uniform.
- New Member Coordinator
- New Member Coordinator Welcome Course
- NOTES on Engaging Millennial Parents in Scouting
Choose an Adventure
A program that starts as a recruiting campaign for Cub Scouts but continues with activities in that theme from Cubs through older Scouts. Current Build an Adventure campaigns in Patriots’ Path Council are Hooked on Scouting, Rocket into Scouting and STEM into Scouting. Visit the Fishing and Rocketry program pages to find recruiting events and other programs in these adventures.
Hooked on Scouting
Hooked on Scouting is a Build an Adventure recruiting program that is strongly encouraged to be use during the Spring and early Summer. It is a fishing themed recruiting plan. Hooked on Scouting activities kits are available for unit use – click here for an order form. Special patches, flyers and yard signs are available while supplies last. Visit the Fishing page to find more adventures including information on earning new Patriots’ Path Council Complete Angler Award by fishing on at least three council properties.
Don’t forget to hold a boy talk.
Fill out the form and send in to rent a Hooked on Scouting Kit. Click for form. Special flyers and yard signs are available while supplies last.
Rocket into Scouting
Rocket into Scouting can happen any time of year, but is recommended for mid-Summer through Fall as a Build an Adventure recruiting program. While supplies last, free rocket kits are available for potential new boys. Existing Cub Scouts may purchase rocket supplies. If you don’t have your own connection to host a Rocket Launch, we can help connect you to an area Rocket Club for assistance contact Art Lobdell today. Visit the Rocketry program page to find other programs relating to Rockets. Don’t forget to hold a boy talk.
View the Rocket into Scouting Resource page.
Using Social Media to Market Your Unit
- Get Permission: There are permission release forms for parents to sign off on in order for any child to be shown in any media. Please be sure to have these signed annually by all Scouts.
- Showcase Your Events
- Media Potential
- Engage the Community: We need to find some opportunities for the Scouts to interact with community members so we can have articles about “good turns” being done and what our boys/girls are contributing to the towns where they live.To read the details, click here for the full article.
Ethan Stand Up
Ethan is a great resource for recruiting drives. Fill out the Ethan Scout Form to reserve a date.
Stand-Up Scout Literature Holder
A helpful resource for recruiting drives. If you have limited access to distributing physical literature through schools, the literature distribution Cub Scout stand-up could enhance your recruiting potential. The stand-ups are about 4 feet high.
Please contact your district executive reserve the stand-ups.
Fill out the Stand-up Scout Form to reserve a date.
The Patriots’ Path Council has a portable, pop-up canopy, complete with roof, sides and attractive Scouting graphics. This equipment is available for units and districts use to support Cub Scout and Scouting recruitment events, and other special public-facing promotional / educational events.
Fill out the Recruitment Canopy Form to reserve a date.
Invite a Buddy
You can print buddy cards and invite a friend to join your pack. If one or more friends join Scouting, you will receive a “My Best Friend is a Scout” patch for you and your friends. You will also receive a “Recruiter” patch for yourself. After your friends join, complete the form and turn it to receive the patches. Download the Recruiting form. Download the Buddy Cards.
New Tool: Cool Activities to Get Youth Interested & Involved In Scouting
Submitted By: Ryan O’Connor, Membership Committee, vice chair
There are many reasons why boys (and now girls!) decide that they want to participate in the Scouting program. They may have been encouraged by their parents, expressed interest because they have friends in Scouting, or just wanted to become involved in a new activity. But the biggest reason youth get into Scouting and stay in Scouting is because they want to have fun. And, whether they are an 8 year old Wolf or 14 year old First Class Scout, a young person who isn’t having fun is not likely to stay in Scouting. Thus, a major goal for every unit should be to plan “cool” activities that will get kids interested in Scouting and keep them interested in Scouting for years to come.
Camping overnights (the stereotypical Scouting trip) is an obvious activity that appeals to many, but it is certainly not the be-all and end-all of the program (and should not be!) Outdoor activities, such as day hikes and fishing excursions, and indoor activities, such as a trip to a museum or rock-climbing facility are all great potential options. Outings to sporting events can also be a big hit, and many of the professional and semi-professional local teams have special designated nights and/or group rates that make such outings more financially feasible. Additionally, there are a myriad of events and activities available throughout the year at the council’s camps that are both great opportunities for fun and introduce young Scouts to the camps and get them excited about returning during the summertime.
Convincing boys and girls to join and remain in Scouting can sometimes be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. The best way to keep interest high and to keep Scouts (particularly younger Scouts) coming back for more is to plan a variety of fun activities that appeal to all the members of a pack or troop. Ideas for specific activities to plan for your unit (like the Rutgers University Geology Museum and Jockey Hollow), and scheduled events at council camps, can be found on the council’s website (ppcbsa.org.) Scouting can provide so many positive benefits to boys and girls, but more than anything else, it should be fun!
A reminder to take these tips and make your recruitment events fun! Free flyers and recruitment materials/ support is provided by the dollars donated to the Friends of Scouting campaign. Take a look and order what’s provided to you at: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/
Any Cub Scout Pack can qualify for a bonus from the Council Membership Committee, by actively engaging in Membership, Recruiting and Public Relations activities! Using the point system below, achieve a total of 10 points, and earn YOUR CHOICE of either (1) one free Camp Card for every family in your unit, OR (2) $50 credit at the PP Scout Shop! To make it easier for you to track your activities, this follows the charter & JTE time frame of November through October. So you might already be earning points! Just submit this form to your District Executive or District Membership Chair along with any backup, whenever you think you’ve hit your point total!. Click for more information and the form.
New Parent Orientation PowerPoint
for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
PowerPoint presentations that units can use for orienting new Cub Scout and Boy Scout parents that have been specifically designed as companions to the Adventures in Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting guidebook.
Fall Recruiting Champion
Each district has a champion to spearhead the effort for fall recruiting. The Champion is a resource for packs and a catalyst of community recruiting efforts. Click for responsibilities.