Recruitment Ideas


There are many simple activities that districts or units can run to encourage new families to join Scouting, to increase involvement, and to spread the word that Scouting is in the area. This folder contains recruitment activity sheets and links to online resources to help districts and units with these events.

Bike Rodeo

 

Bike Rodeo is a one-afternoon event for Cub Scouts to conduct and invite first- through fifth-graders to have fun. This event will give you an opportunity to meet your neighbors and make new friends.

Chess Tournament

 

This is an afternoon or evening event for families involved with Scouting or looking to get involved. The youth can be taught the fundamentals of chess and hold competitions against fellow Scouts and family members. Participants can bring their own chess boards.

Craft Fair

 

Craft Fair is a one-day recruiting event for districts and packs to conduct and invite their communities or neighborhoods. First-through fifth-graders are invited to attend this family activity and make craft projects such as pinewood derby cars, a rain gutter regatta, and bread boxes. This event will create an opportunity to meet neighbors and make friends.

Critter Race

 

Critter Race is a one-afternoon event for a Cub Scout pack to conduct and invite first- through fifth-graders from neighborhoods and nearby communities. This can be a family outing with fellowship and a big critter race. Bring your own critters and show how fast they go on the track. This event will create an opportunity to meet neighbors and make new friends.

Field Sports

 

Try Olympic-style events with activities that will challenge competitive spirit and physical fitness. It is also a great way to have fun and fellowship with friends and family. Some of the activities will include Olympic events such as track and field, archery, shooting sports, water sports, and team games. The winners will be presented medals during the awards ceremonies at the end of the event. Packs and troops can conduct activities to invite youth who meet the appropriate joining requirements.

Fishing Derby

 

Fishing Derby is a one-day event for districts and units to conduct and invite their communities. Scouts and potential Scouts and their families are invited to attend this activity and bring a fishing pole to learn the fundamentals of fishing, have fun, enjoy fellowship, meet new friends, and eat lots of food.

Kayaking

 

The kayaking event tests participants' skills and competitive spirit by challenging physical fitness, knowledge, resourcefulness, and stamina. It is also a great way to have fun and fellowship with friends on a hot summer day. Some of the activities will include a kayaking skills challenge, water relay, speed racing, rescue recovery, and team games. This is a great way for prospective Venture crew members to get the exposure of high-adventure Scouting. There can be an award ceremony for Scouts and friends at the conclusion of the event.

Kite Derby

 

Kite Derby is a one-day event for districts and units to invite prospective Scouts. First- through fifth-graders are invited to attend this family activity where they will make and fly their own kites. Scouts and prospective Scouts can enjoy fellowship, meeting new friends, and lots of food.

Mountain Man

 

Black Powder Rendezvous. See American history come to life at an annual Black Powder activity. Troops and/or crews can conduct mountain man activities as they watch outdoor bow and arrow demonstrations and sharpshooter competitions. Indulge in barbecue, homemade root beer, kettle corn, chicken and dumplings, and more. Finish the day by browsing through the tents of goods made by skilled artisans.

Olympic Day

 

Olympic Day, held annually on June 23, is celebrated by thousands of people in more than 160 countries. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is not only a celebration, but an international effort to promote fitness and well-being in addition to Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect, and sportsmanship.

Rocket Academy

 

Rocket Academy is a one-day event for districts and packs to invite communities and neighborhoods. First- through fifth-graders are invited to join in this family adventure with rockets, including rocket building and rocket launching. Youths could wear NASA and space alien-theme costumes.

S'mores Party

 

S’mores Party is a one-day event for Districts and packs to invite prospective Scouts. First- through fifth-graders can enjoy crafts and games whether they are Scouts or prospective Scouts, and families can get in on the fun. Activities can include shooting off water bottle rockets in a big field, capturing the flag, stargazing, telling stories by a fire, and, of course, s’mores.

Search and Rescue

 

Test your skills and competitive spirit in search and rescue activities that will challenge physical fitness, knowledge, resourcefulness and ability to complete a tough task. This is also a great way to have fun and fellowship with friends and family on a summer day. Activities could include a wilderness search, water rescue and recovery, and team games. Venturers can earn credit toward certain merit badges such as first aid, wilderness survival, and emergency preparedness, as well as orienteering, plus geocaching. There can be an award ceremony at the conclusion.

Survival Challenge

 

Survival Challenge is a unique skills event for older youth. It’s targeted to teach and challenge older Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts to utilize their Scouting skills to the fullest. Activities center on tough outdoor skills, i.e., crossing challenging water-ways, climbing mountain cliffs, creative cooking activities, making endurance hill climbs, and much more.

Treasure Hunt

 

All kids love treasure hunts. Now they have a fancy name: geocaching! With parent volunteers, GPS systems and a bit of Web research, there are lots of great spots to geocache. You can even hide your own "treasure" in advance. Have a picnic and break up into teams. The search involves tromping through parks, sometimes over mud and streams! Boy - fun ALL the way. Of course, you can do it the old-fashioned way too, with treasure maps (coffee-stained with a few holes burned in it to look aged). Rip the map into pieces so participants have to find all the pieces (provide individual clues) to put together the jigsaw puzzle map, and then go find the treasure.