Membership Chairman

Unit Membership Chairman Principal Responsibilities


Meet with the unit leaders and committee monthly to discuss membership goals and retention.

Conduct at least two recruitment/Scouting promotion events per year to ensure unit growth using the peer-to-peer recruitment method.


Distribute membership fliers to schools and churches in the unit's area.


Conduct Scouting rallies and boy talks in schools, leveraging council support when needed.


Attend the district's membership chair training sessions, which will focus on best practices.


Have your unit be involved in the required amount of Adopt-a-School service or community service projects needed for Scouting's Journey to Excellence score.


Ensure that new youth and adult applications along with funds are completed and turned into the council service center within a week after receipt of the applications.


Work with the unit committee to ensure the unit reaches Scouting's Journey to Excellence gold status in membership.


Update the unit's BeAScout pin and follow up with leads.


Have your unit participate in a fall and spring recruitment plan.


Work with the district transition chair to encourage youth to transition to the age-appropriate program as they grow older.


Have an annual customer satisfaction survey done with current Scout families.

Council Membership/Relationship Chairman

Direct the work of the membership/relationships committee. Use monthly membership reports and Journey to Excellence council, district, and unit reports to identify priorities.

Recruit, train, and motivate Scouters to serve on the committee and help it to carry out its functions effectively.

Promote membership and unit growth in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing through the membership cycle, coordinating youth recruiting and new-unit organization. Plan and help districts carry out roundups, new-unit campaigns, and the other elements of the membership cycle.

Develop more effective communication with chartered organizations.

Cultivate community organizations, groups, and associations that might become chartered organizations or support the Scouting program in other ways.

Support the religious emblems program of chartered organizations.

Stimulate the use of the program by special youth populations (i.e., low-income, disabled, and ethnic young people, or those in sparsely populated rural areas).

Prepare short-, intermediate-, and long-range membership and unit objectives.

Give leadership to events such as relationships conferences or fireside chats with heads of chartered organizations.

Promote membership growth in all markets.