What do you do if your ward only has a few Cub Scout boys?
How can you improve your Cub Scout program?
How can Scouting build bridges in your community?
If you have ever asked yourself the above questions, consider the example of the Sahuarita Arizona Stake.
Sister Kirsten Sparks was serving as stake Primary president when the stake determined to hold a Cub Scout school recruitment night.
Coordinating with the local BSA council, Sister Sparks and her counselors rallied together with ward Primary presidents and Cub Scout leaders to recruit families in the community to join Cub Scouting. Here are the steps they followed:
The recruitment brought 75 boys into Cub Scouting! Here are Sister Spark’s own words:
The National BSA team traveled to Sahuarita to catch this inspiring story on film.
Local priesthood leaders supported the recruitment effort and recognized the blessings to the ward Cub Scouts and leaders.
The Sahuarita stake experienced specific benefits from their recruitment efforts.
“Our leaders became more involved in training themselves…They made sure they had the training to provide the program that the Cub Scouts and their parents expected,” shared Sister Sparks. An additional benefit was the added excitement within the Cub Scout packs.
Scouting is an effective bridge within our communities to build and strengthen relationships between people of all faiths.
Sister Sparks concludes,
Watch for the rest of this inspiring story coming soon on the LDS-BSA Relationships YouTube channel!