I follow a few forums about Scouting. Recently a person asked how to keep a Scout from Webelos II to Boy Scouts. I figured I knew the answer since being in Scouts for a while. But, a response from another Scouter floored me.
“As district transition chair several years ago I asked my professional for a list of those youth that did not cross to Boy Scouts . After some extensive phone work I discovered the biggest stated reason they the boys did not join a troop was that they were not asked to join one. I called ( with help) and contacted approximately 500 families about 1/4 the total. I received responses from most of the contacted, the largest reason ( over 50%) of responders was no one asked the youth to join a troop or they did not know of a troop.
Boy Scout units have a vested interest in the success of Cub units, many of us are fortunate enough to have an associated pack , but many do not.You must cultivate a relationship with those local packs and help them succeed, good examples are the best work you can do to retain cubs. “
While I know that my Troop actively goes to the Webelos Den Leader and the Cubmaster to invite them and gets them to outings and Troop visits, which has dramatically increased the Scouts these past two years. The Scoutmaster does make the ask and does have a SMC with the Webelos II. I wonder about others and having them ask the Scout to join. Can it be that simple? Ask the Scout to join the Troop. Ask the parents to join.
During my four years as Cubmaster, I reached out to many Troops. Asking for help at Pack Meetings and seeing what meetings we could go to. I knew that followed up with Scouts asking where they were going and what they were doing.
I remember Scoutmasters and others say, it would be great to have you in the Troop. But, never shake their hand and ask them point-blank to join.