The New-Unit Organization Process

Before We Can Put Scouting's Values Into Youth,
We Have to Put Youth Into Scouting.

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The Steps Who Is Responsible
1. Identify the Prospect District membership committee
2. Approach the Prospect Influential Scouter
3. Make the Sales Call (Presentation) Influential Scouter, new-unit organizer, and district executive
4. Organization Adopts the Program Chartered organization head
5. Organizing Committee Meets Chartered organization representative and new-unit organizer
6. Select and Recruit Key Leaders Organizing committee
7. Train the Leaders District training team
8. Plan and Organize the Program Unit committee and new-unit organizer
9. Recruit Youth Members Unit committee and new-unit organizer and Orient Parents
10. Complete the Paperwork Unit committee and new-unit organizer
11. First Unit Meeting Unit leadership
12. Charter Presentation/Follow Up New-unit organizer, unit commissioner, and chartered organization representative

Teamwork, Planning, and the Process

From experience, the Boy Scouts of America has learned that one sure way to get more youths into Scouting is to have more units available for them to join. One person can't effectively organize a new unit alone, but one person can motivate others to get involved. It takes a team to organize a new unit. That team usually consists of the district executive, new-unit organizer, unit commissioner, trainer and is �supported by district committee members.

The New-Unit Organizer

Organizing units is a function of the district membership committee, which designates people to be new-unit organizers. Although there is no limit to the number of new-unit organizers in a district, each prospective new unit should have an assigned organizer. A new-unit organizer can work with more than one unit at a time if the units are in different stages of development. For instance, a new-unit organizer may work with one unit in the final stages of organization, as well as work with another unit that is just starting.

The District Executive

The district executive usually helps make the sale to the head of the prospective chartered organization. Once the organization agrees to appoint an organizing committee, the new-unit organizer should assume responsibility. The district executive will continue working with other chartered organizations in the early stages of unit organization, thus extending the opportunity for additional organizations to offer Scouting as part of their youth programs. The district executive is also available to advise and support the new-unit organizer.

Following the Plan

Later on, the process will involve other members of the district committee, such as members of the training committee. The unit commissioner continues to nurture and serve the new unit as it begins its program.

Take no shortcuts in new-unit organization. Omit a step and the new unit will likely suffer. A unit that is organized using all the time-tested steps stands an excellent chance of enjoying a long tenure.

Follow All 12 Steps

Successful new-unit organization requires teamwork and careful attention to the 12 steps discussed. Skip a step and that becomes a weak link in the process. Remember that following each step closely helps ensure strong new-unit organization and reinforces the unit's ability to build tenure and develop quality leaders.

It's up to the district executive, new-unit organizer, and unit commissioner—with support from district committee members—to work as a team with the chartered organization toward a common goal.

Joining Requirements for Youth Members

Tiger Cub

Must be under the age of 8, have completed kindergarten or be in the first grade, or be age 7.

Cub Scout

Must have completed first grade but not completed third grade, or be age 8 or 9.

Webelos Scout

Must have completed third grade but not completed fifth grade, or be age 10 but not yet 11 1/2

Boy Scouting

Troop membership is open to boys as follows: A boy can be a Boy Scout if he has completed the fifth grade or is 11 years old, or if he has earned the Arrow of Light Award, and is at least 10 years old, but younger than 18 years old.

Varsity Scouting

Team membership is open to young men as follows: a Varsity Scout must be at least 14 years of age or have completed the eighth grade, but has not reached age 18.


Venturing membership is open to young men and women as follows: A Venturer or Sea Scout must be at least 14 years of age and have completed the eighth grade, or must be 15 years of age regardless of grade. They must not have reached 21 years of age at the time of registration.

Before We Can Put Scouting's Values Into Youth,
We Have to Put Youth Into Scouting.