Parent Orientation & Finding Volunteers

   

It’s important to introduce new families to Scouting and to your unit’s specific events, traditions, and expectations. By doing this separately from the registration night, you have time to review the Family Talent Surveys you collected and have an idea of which parents could potentially fill any vacancies. Setting the expectation that every family participates in leadership in some capacity prevents stress on leaders and makes sure that the work it takes to run a unit is evenly distributed. 

Introduce your leadership and do an icebreaker activity to get to know your families. You can have separate activities for youth and adults. 

Share information about your unit and about Scouting. Many units will dismiss the youth during this part of the presentation to do another activity. You can use the below PowerPoint Presentations as outlines for your orientation. 

Cub Scout Orientation PowerPoint

Scouts BSA Orientation PowerPoint

Scouting is not a drop-off program. By setting the expectation that every family contributes, you create a better unit culture. Review your pack’s organizational structure, and review the Family Talent Surveys you collected at your registration night. If you didn’t collect them there, have each family fill one out now. Also review who is leaving at the end of this year – you want to make sure that you have a replacement trained to step in. Below are position descriptions for both Packs and Troops that you can modify to your specific unit. 

Pack Position Descriptions

Troop Position Descriptions

A trained leader is a prepared leader! Encourage your new leaders to do their position-specific training on my.scouting.org. Our council also offers in-person training several times a year for all positions. Click here to view our training calendar

Almost every unit struggles from time to time with not having enough adult support. Your commissioner and professional staff are here to help. Click here to contact us