Troop Open House

Introduction | Graduate Webelos Scouts Into a Troop | Troop Open House | Youth Recruiting


A troop open house can be an effective tool to recruit new Scouts into a troop, especially in the spring when outdoor activities are on the horizon. Select a date, set up a school rally, and make a presentation to the fifth- and sixth-grade youth to spark their interest, then follow up with an invitation to visit the troop.

Follow the Troop Open House calendar below for specific suggestions for this recruitment plan. 

Key:

  • CM-Cubmaster
  • PLC-Patrol leaders’ council
  • SM-Scoutmaster
  • SPL-Senior patrol leader
  • TCC-Troop committee chair
  • TG-Troop guide
  • TMC-Troop membership chair
  • WDL-Webelos den leader
September

February

Person Responsible

1

Set a date and plan a troop open house for March.

SM, TMC, SPL

September

March

Person Responsible

1

Conduct a school rally introducing fifth- and sixth-grade youth to Scouting. Have them complete the High-Adventure Survey, No. 34241.

SM, TMC, SPL

2

Follow up with interested youth by sending a personal invitation to the troop open house and making a personal telephone call to their parents.

SM

3

Hold the troop open house to welcome potential Scouts and their parents.

SM, TMC, SPL

4

Plan a troop activity to get new Scouts involved with the troop shortly after they join.

SM, TMC, TG, PLC

September

April

Person Responsible

1

Sponsor a troop activity for new Scouts.

SM, TMC, TG, PLC

2

Encourage each troop member to attend summer camp. Conduct summer camp orientation to encourage full troop involvement.

SM, TMC

September

May

Person Responsible

1

Work closely with new Scouts and parents during their transition to the Scouts BSA troop, ensuring their needs are met and that their move has been natural and fun.

TMC

2

Work on rank advancement with new Scouts.

SM, SPL, TG