February 2009 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
March 2008 Theme
Theme: "When I Grow Up"
Athlete and Engineer
Tiger Cub Activities
PACK ADMIN HELPS
Spring is a great time to recruit new Cub Scouts, especially
Tigers!! Kindergartners are
eligible after June 1.
The Pack is getting ready for its biggest adventure of the
year – CAMP!!! Once a boy
goes to camp and has a good time he will be hooked!!
As mentioned below, the key to retention through the summer
is PROGRAM –
Does your pack have an active Summertime Program –
If you do – Spring Recruiting will work for you.
There has been a discussion on www.cubroundtable.com lately about
Summer Programs. Many packs
responded that they run two activities per month so no one has to miss out on
the award. My local pack runs two
activities – one free (pool party, car wash, hike, walk, picnic, fishing
derby) and one that has a charge (camp, baseball game (minor league games
are best!!), zoo, aquarium, museum). And they encourage Den Leaders to hold a meeting each month
to keep the boys focused.
Where can you do your Round Up Night?
about at the Little League Field?? You probably have more than a few parents and boys registered
in Cubs and Little League – get permission to set up a booth at a field (near the refreshment stand?) and
advertise that you will be there. Show parents how the two work together. Have a few baseball and soccer loops to show parents.
Park with a playground in your town? It is spring time boys want to be outside not in a building. Set up some outside activities –
volleyball, tin can walkers, stilts, make hot dogs, play games.
What do you need –
Besides all the applications and other usual stuff
Tee shirts – Have all your Cubs and leaders in their spiffy pack tee
shirts and have shirts available for the new Scouts. Maybe even adjust your registration fee to include a tee
shirt for all registrants that night!
calendar of all your summertime activities with complete details, contact names
and numbers, and sign up forms. Have it cleared with council that any boys recruited will still be able
to go to camp for the early registration fee.
Why now (Spring)?
are away from the Fall frenzy when everything is starting up
are available and not swamped with a million things to sign up to do
other organizations are slowing down or suspending for the summer
are not running around buying school supplies and signing kids up for other
are looking for activities to do together in the summer
is the best time to experience the outdoors where Scouting does its best job!
can have everything rolling (especially your new Tiger Den!!) when you do hold
your Fall Join Scouting Night to really wow those who sign up then.
from the Greater Pittsburgh Council website,
Key features of a Spring Roundup
boys are invited early to join!
going into first grade may become Tiger Cubs anytime after the first day in
and second grade boys who were missed in the fall will be invited.
Council has helpful recruiting materials that should be available at every
The key to success is, as always, PROGRAM! The
council and districts offer great program opportunities like day camp which for
many Cub Scouts, is a “mountain top” experience. By recruiting boys in May and
June, they will be organized in time to experience Day Camp as well as
opportunities for Parent and Son events and Cub Scout Resident Camps.
Of course other program opportunities will be important.
First packs need to:
Organize the Tiger Dens and get them started on
their Tiger Cub book. The new boys graduating from first to second grade can
get caught up with their classmates by working on and earning their Bobcat
Provide fun activities such as a baseball game, a
picnic or other activity, which are vital to keeping the interests of new boys
from The Gerald R. Ford Council website
Pack Spring Roundup Coordinator Job Description
Pack leadership appoints and/or recruits an individual to serve as the Pack’s
Spring Roundup Coordinator. This name
should be submitted to the appropriate District personnel.
person should -
a District Unit Coordinators training / orientation (If your district has one)
the Packs Spring Rally / Tiger Cub Signup Night.
date and secure permission for School Youth Talk and distribution of School
appropriate School Rally flyers.
additional leaders and parents as needed to help with the flyer distribution as
well as with the actual Rally Night.
what incentive may be available for Spring Recruiting and how to get them.
In going to various council websites to prep
this article I found a lot of incentives being offered by councils.
* One council is offering FREE
Handbooks to newly recruited Cub Scouts if the pack qualifies.
* Many councils are offering
free council summer events for new Cub Scouts
* One council was giving free
Tiger Tee Shirts
ALL NEW youth applications to your District Executive or the Boy Scout Service
Center by a specified date
follow-up with potential NEW youth not signed up at the rally night.
NEW members and their parents to participate in the various council and
district activities to be held over the summer months. Distribute flyer of
activities and how they can sign-up to participate.
Turn in recognition forms for those Cub
Scouts which served as recruiters and brought in a NEW member to join the Cub