Back to the Pack Nights

Welcome Back to the Pack!

Each fall, Cub Scout packs receive a “new start” due to our Fall School Nights sign up. New Cub Scouts attend our School Night programs to be assigned to a den, and new den leaders are recruited from those parents in attendance to work with the new dens.

However, somewhere between all hustle and bustle, the promotion for new boys & now girls to join Cub Scouts and the excitement surrounding our Fall School Nights, is the fact that many old members are not contacted, and invited to come back from the summer break that many Packs take. Hence, membership is lost along with potential leadership from their parents.

Our Council Membership Committee is proposing a “Welcome Back to the Pack” promotion in August. During August, which will be prior to all of our School Nights, each Pack needs to hold its first meeting of the new program year. The purpose of this meeting will be to sign up old members for the coming Scouting year, recruit leadership to fill vacancies (whether it be for Cubmaster, Den Leaders, or committee members), and to discuss plans for Pack activities for the fall.

Our Council will promote the meetings, but each individual pack must develop its own promotion plan in order to ensure that all members are contacted personally, preferably by telephone, to receive a commitment for their attendance.

Research has shown that many Scouts will not continue without being personally contacted. In other words, in their minds, they have only taken a vacation during the summer and are waiting to be contacted about when to start attending the meetings again.

Remember: In August, all Cub Scouts need to be contacted about the “Welcome Back to the Pack” meeting and encouraged to become active in Cub Scouts for the fall. Parents are requested to attend, as well.

 

 FAQs

When should it be held?

“Back to the Pack” events should be held in early August. Ideally, it will serve as your first unit gathering for the fall.   The event can be held during the week or a weekend depending on what works best for the families and the leadership of the Pack. 

Why should my unit hold one?

There are many reasons for holding a “Back to the Pack” event including:

  • Opportunity to make sure that all of the youth and their families are going to be a part of the program for the upcoming year
  • Opportunity to identify leadership needs and recruit new parents to be leaders
  • Opportunity to sign up younger brothers & sisters who are now Cub Scout age
  • It’s a FUN activity to kick off a great year

What are some ideas for a “Back to the Pack” event?

  • Pool party with a picnic
  • Movie night with a slideshow of fun activities
  • Bowling party
  • Fishing party with a cookout
  • Race some Rain Gutter Regatta boats or Space Derby Ships
  • A baseball or soccer game

District School Night Kick-Off Training Dates

Last year more than 3,000 new Cub Scouts were recruited during School Night for Scouting.  This year     we expect to top 3,400 new Cub Scouts. Packs that attended their District’s School Night Kick-off were best prepared for the increase of new Scouts and Leaders.  In this letter you will find a list of dates, times and locations of every School Night for Scouting Kick-off in the Council.  It is vital that your unit be represented.  At the kick-off you will meet your School Night for Scouting team and have the dates of your Pack’s Recruitment Night. 

 

School Night for Scouting Orientation Meetings for Cubmasters, Pack Committee Chairs & Den Leaders

Eagle District

Tuesday, July 31st

6:00 PM, Scout Resource Center

 

Twin Arrows District

Thursday, August 9th

6:00 PM, Heritage United Methodist Church

(1 hour before Roundtable & Stay for Roundtable!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Sac & Fox District

Thursday, August 9th

6:00 PM, First Presbyterian Church

(1 hour before Roundtable & Stay for Roundtable!)

Saturday, August 18th

2:00pm, First United Methodist Church – McAlester

1501 S 13th St.

 

Neosho  District

Thursday, August 9th

6:00 PM, Ft. Gibson First United Methodist Church

(1 hour before Roundtable & Stay for Roundtable!)

Thursday, August 16th

7:00pm Poteau First United Methodist Church

 

Sequoyah District

Tuesday, July 31st

7:00 PM, Owasso First United Methodist Church

(1 hour before Roundtable & Stay for Roundtable!)

Thursday, August 9th

6:00 PM, Claremore First United Methodist Church