Inviting new families to join Scouting is one of the most important things we can do to forward the Scouting movement. Throughout the year our Scouting units actively invite new families to join. Most youth join our program in the fall. Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends partly on reaching new audiences to invite them to join the unit and partly on engaging new members and their families 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.
Remember your first pack meeting? How overwhelming and lost you felt being inundated with the wealth of new Scouting information? Every year units lose Scouts after the first pack meeting. Imagine how much more valued new families would feel if there was someone to personally welcome them, answer their questions, connect with their family on a deeper level, and guide them through their first few months. Many units also struggle to implement a good Scouting program with limited volunteers. Through cultivating relationships with new members, units will develop a team foundation resulting in new leaders and increased volunteerism.