Both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts can earn the Recruiter patch if they invite a friend to join Scouting. Inviting a friend to join also meets the requirements for their achievements. Wolf Scouts can complete Elective 22e, Bear Scouts can earn Achievement 24a and Boy Scouts can earn First Class Requirement #10. Bring a friend to your next Scouting activity and you earn a patch and fulfill your requirements!
Three Fires Council Alumni Association
It is the mission of the Alumni Association to provide a local response to the Boy Scouts of America Alumni Connection which is a call to find Scouting alumni and invite them to once again get involved with the Boy Scouts of America. Please check out the BSA Alumni website and join thousands of others who are reconnecting with Scouting!
- Downloadable Scouting Alumni Association affiliate card
- Quarterly electronic newsletter, Alumni Alive!
- Invitations to periodic webcasts
Pathfinder Level—$35: ($30 goes to Scouting and is tax-deductible)
- Packet containing an embossed affiliation card, lapel pin, luggage tag, and window cling
- Quarterly electronic newsletter, Alumni Alive!
- Invitations to periodic webcasts
- Cell phone ringtones of 10 bugle calls
- Free one-year membership to the National Scouting Museum
- One-time 10% discount on a purchase from ScoutStuff.org
- Invitations to participate in local Scouting events.
- Opportunities to get involved locally at a level you are comfortable with such as becoming a Merit Badge Counselor, reconnecting with the Order of the Arrow, Wood Badge, or a favorite camp, or volunteering to help with local Scouting events.
- Invitation to Alumni Gatherings with members from the Three Fires Council
For more information contact Ron Wentzell at 630-797-4615
Parents of young boys face a lot of choices in after-school activities. Boys want to have fun, while parents want them to learn positive values and skills that will last a lifetime. If your boy is about to enter first through fifth grade, Cub Scouting may be exactly what you are both looking for.
Click on the BlastIntoScouting.org!
Youth Recruiting Without Use of Schools!
Simultaneous with efforts to regain school access, a unit with an access challenge must develop a strategy
of alternative methods for inviting youth and families to join without the use of schools. Even units without school access problems should be using additional recruiting methods. Utilize many possible methods to invite boys and girls to join. Consider this: In a nationwide study, 88 percent of non-Scout parents reported that no one had talked to them about getting their sons involved in Cub Scouts. Also, most non-Scout parents know little about how or when their child can join. Most youth simply are not invited to join!
You can use this email template to electronically invite parents to your recruitment event. Using this link, select the download based on your needs. The Outlook template has been created for Outlook 2003 and above. It can also be used with mass email systems like Constant Contact or Double Knot. Evite Template
Looking for a good look email template already developed to email to people you know to invite them to join Scouting? This is an easy tool to copy and paste into your email and all you have to do is hit send. E-Blast Template
PREPARED. FOR LIFE. VIDEOS
BSA has developed some great new videos to highlight the fun and excitement of Scouting. These Youtube videos are a great tool to put in an email, post on facebook or share in lots of other ways to promote Scouting. View Videos
CUB SCOUT PROGRAM INFO
Are you looking for the Den Leader Meeting Plans? Interested in watching the Cubcasts? This link takes you to all the resources available for Cub Scouting on the Scouting.org website for more information.
This link to scouting.org takes you to a wide range of resources to help you recruit youth, start new units, information on chartered partner relationships, commissioner service resources and more.
NEW UNIT RESOURCES
This link takes you to a lot of great resources on how to start new units. Two new resources that just became available are also available here for download. They are the New Unit Retention Guide and the Strengthening Organizations through Scouting tool.
NEW UNIT ORGANIZATION PROCESS
Confused about how to start a new unit? Looking for the best practice and most effective way to start a new unit that will have lasting tenure? Here’s a great tool to walk you through the steps.
New Den Leader Onboarding Tool - This is a nice handy bilingual reference tool for any new Pack Den Leaders. It has the information needed that answers the standard question, “What do I do now to get ready for all those boys at our first den meeting?” It is a simple message, what my job is, who I call for help, and the first den meeting plan with the resources needed to plan and run that very first meeting.
WEBELOS TO SCOUT TRANSITION PLAN
It should be the goal of the Cubmaster and Webelos den leaders to graduate every Webelos Scout into a Boy Scout troop. The key to accomplishing this is to begin promoting Boy Scouting when Cub Scouts are still in their Tiger, Wolf, and Bear dens, and to sell the sizzle of the great outdoors.This tool includes a timetable, position descriptions, tracking form and samples of ceremonies. Click here to learn more about how your pack can assist in the Webelos Transition to Boy Scouts.
HOW TO MARKET YOUR CUB SCOUT PACK
This tool has proven methods and tools to generate widespread publicity for your unit and Scouting.
This is a how-to manual to help you conduct a membership inventory. The purpose of a membership inventory is to conduct a roll call in which each unit member is contacted to determine the quality of program received, to follow up on absent and inactive members and to see if everyone is registered.
MORE THAN EVER, AMERICAN FAMILIES NEED CUB SCOUTING
This is a Cub Scout recruitment brochure that talks about the importance of the Cub Scout experience for youth development.
CUB SCOUT PARENT INFORMATION GUIDE
This guide is available as a hard copy from the Three Fires Council Scout Shops. It is a very useful guide for new parents and is particularly helpful to use at recruitment events.
CUB SCOUT DEN ORGANIZATION AGENDA
This tool will help you organize new dens at your recruitment event.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR CONDUCTING A SUCCESSFUL RECRUITMENT EVENT
Keys to help you prepare for and conduct a recruitment event and even hints on recruiting leaders at your recruitment event.
HOW TO ORGANIZE AND REGISTER CUB SCOUTS AND ADULTS
A brief handout to make sure you complete all the steps in registering your new youth and adults.
CUB SCOUT RECRUITMENT EVENT
This is a sample agenda for your recruitment event.
FIND A SCOUT UNIT NEAR YOU - BeAScouting.org
This is a website that uses google maps to map all of the Scouting units in a geographic area. A great tool to find and contact the Scouting unit near you.
PARENT TALENT SURVEY
This is a great survey to use with your new or existing parents to find out more about their hobbies and interests and how they might be able to be more involved.
PROMOTIONAL VIDEO – CUB SCOUT CAMPING
This video is currently featured on the BeAScout.org website. It is a great video to share.
PROMOTIONAL VIDEO – SCOUTING IS REALLY FUN
This Cub Scout video is currently featured on the BeAScouting.org website. It can also be found on the BSA Youtube channel.
PROMOTIONAL VIDEO – PINEWOOD DERBY
This recruitment video features the Pinewood Derby and is currently featured on the BeAScout.org website.
VIDEO – WEBELOS TO SCOUT TRANSITION
This video instructs you how to conduct a Webelos to Scout transition event. This event is called the Trail to the Arrow.
Click on the Join Scouting to find a Troop near you!
(Boy Scouts English) Be A Scout Video:
Webelos to Scout Transition into Boy Scouts
Click here for more information on the troops role in the Webelos to Scout Transition and ways you can help build relationships with the Webelos in your area.
Here is a repository of the most current and official versions of membership applications available to download:
Recruiting New Leadership
Often when we need to recruit a new leader for our units, we use one of two methods. The first method is thinking of everyone that we know who we think would fit the bill. By recruiting new unit leaders this way, we either run out of people to recruit or we start asking the same people over and over again to fill our units' needs. The second method is simply hoping that a new Scout joins the troop and one of his family members volunteers to become a new leader.
Click Here>> Guide to Selecting Quality Leaders
The problem with these methods is that we either do not fill our unit's leadership needs or we recruit people who might not be the ideal match to the position. The guide below outlines an effective process of finding the right person to fill your unit's leadership needs.
New unit scorecards for the 2016 JTE year are now available! Click on the link below to access the scorecard for your pack, troop, team, crew, ship, post, or district.
Generally the orders get turned in with your Unit Recharter. Please print out the form & fill it out to order your Gold, Silver or Bronze level of achievement patches & send it in with your charter. It will be processed at either the Norris or Naperville Scout Shops.
Renew the charter for packs, troops, teams, crews, and ships
Internet Rechartering is a part of your MyScouting Account. Please click on the MyScouting link below to go to the MyScouting site. After logging in you may access the Internet Rechartering portal. Some individuals are experiencing difficulty with their My Scouting account. If this happens, you may use the Internet Rechartering link as an option to access your charter.
Internet Rechartering is a Web-based software application designed to make the unit charter renewal process more efficient and accurate. The Internet Rechartering tutorial is a step-by-step explanation of how to use the Internet Rechartering system. It includes screen captures and examples. We recommend that users take the tutorial before using Internet Rechartering.
Internet Rechartering Tutorial & help topics to assist users
A representative of each unit can now complete the paperwork for renewing a charter online. From Internet Rechartering, you can indicate returning members, add new members, and update information for an individual or the chartered organization.
To renew a charter online
Sixty days before your unit's expiration date, select a renewal processor.
- The renewal processor attends the October roundtables to receive training and the unit access code.
- Sixty to 45 days before the unit's expiration date, the renewal processor clicks Recharter Now and begins the process.
- When the online process is completed, the renewal processor prints the completed charter renewal application.
- The unit leader and the Institutional head (Executive officer) sign the charter renewal application. Bring the application along with the material you received in your recharter packet (such as the Quality Unit application), and all appropriate fees to your district's charter turn-in meeting.
Recharter Turn-in will be held on the first Saturday of December for each district.