This one should be easy… Get the yard signs available from your district. I’ve found the best way to get a neat appearance for unit info is to use a stencil and spray paint. Although, I have heard of others printing out their info on paper and then using packing tape to apply it to the yard sign. And of course, there’s always the black magic marker technique. I opted for the stencil and spray paint method so as to make it as durable as possible. It’s a much slower process, but I was more pleased with my results.
So now, we need to ensure that our pin info is up to date. We do this by going to myscouting.org, logging in and then selecting BeAScout under the Unit Tools section. Here you can set your unit’s web site info, a brief description of your unit, and primary and secondary contacts.
If you don’t set this info, potential families looking for a unit are sent to the council to get the info they are seeking. While this isn’t all bad, if you can get the info they are seeking to them quicker, with fewer “middle-men,” the chances are greater that they may actually make contact.
A key point is that with minimal information on the yard sign, we are requiring the potential scout and his family to remember only the URL at the bottom of the yard sign (beascout.org) and the Pack number that we placed on it. If they remember just those two pieces of info we should be good.
If you want to have a look at the specifics of what I’m referring to, you can have a look at our unit by going to beascout.org, selecting the Cub Scouts tab, and then put in 98011 for the zip code. Our unit should be the first one presented in the list since we are closest to the city seat.
So… with a sign obtained from your council or district, some stencils and spray paint, and the updating of some unit information via the unit tools on myscouting.org, you’ve now covered yet another base on potential recruitment opportunities.