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Growing Scouting in 2017External Link

The Membership team at the Northeast Illinois Council has been busy designing a plan for 2017 that to support the success in membership growth for all of our Units.   The plan supports all levels of Scouting and includes these important steps: is the backbone to community wide promition and the portal to online applications

  • It allows parents to find your unit and the Northeast Illinois Council to promote in your communities.
  • It allows units to take applications on line.
    • Payment is optional but it is a great way to allow them to pay with a credit card on the joining night
    • Approval is done through Link. It can be done by the unit Key 3 that includes the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor, Skipper, Committee Chairman, and Charter Representative.
  • It creates a short link and QR code for every unit that can be put on flyers and in messages.
    • Find your QR Code and Short Link



Boy Scouts of America provides many recruiting resources – You can find them here! BSA Recruiting ResourcesExternal Link.


Recruiting Presentation

Recruiting Workshop Presentation

Watch this converted PowerPoint presentation about ideas and resources
for recruiting and increasing your scout membership.

New PresentationExternal Link



 7 Touch Recruiting Plan Documents


Times have changed. We can no longer expect families to come to your unit for a rally night. Units need to adopt a new mindset, showcase scouting and work together with the other units in their community to increase their visibility and recruit youth. Below are two tools for helping every unit with their recruiting and membership needs.

Click the document icon to open or download the Word file to your computer.


NEIC Membership Guide

Your district volunteers have been listening to your needs to have a consolidated source of ideas and tools to help get your arms around the recruiting process. You’ll find twelve months of examples you can use to invite members and stay in touch.


7 Touch Recruiting Plan

One of the oldest concepts in marketing is the rule of seven. The important thing in the rule of seven is not the number, but the message. The rule of seven simply says that someone needs to hear or see the marketing message at least seven times before they act on it. Repetition is important because the family may not be ready to join scouting initially, but things change throughout the years and you never know which contact will lead to a new scout.

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