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Why We Recruit A top-down perspective on going beyond the numbers.

IT’S ALWAYS EXCITING for me to think about the new faces we bring into Scouting every fall. While I know that it’s easy for us to get caught up in the numbers—

which targets we can reach, etc.—I’d like for each of us to dig a little deeper into our thinking and approaches for what we’re really trying to accomplish … beyond the numbers. The whole reason for us to feel excited about adding new Scouts is

because we know the impact Scouting has on these young lives over a lifetime. What it’s really all about is the individual expe- riences that we provide to a young person or a new leader—at every step and every turn. From the day they join Scouting—to their first pack

or troop meeting, to their first pancake breakfast, hike, or campout—the experiences we provide need to live up to our promise. Those events should validate that stunningly brilliant decision our young people and their parents made to get involved in a program that will indeed change their lives for the better. We need to be intentional about the notion that we accomplish this one life at a time … by the millions. It’s up to us to deliver on our pledge that joining the Boy Scouts of America ultimately benefits not only the Scout and the leader in uniform but also our commu- nities, our nation, and the world. That’s how we make young people Prepared For Life. I know we can get caught up in the grandness of

the numbers. We can lose sight of the fact that it’s an individual life, an individual child that we are mentor- ing. Every time we extend an invitation, lead an outing, or hold a campfire, we need to remember how we can change lives for the better every step of the way. That ought to inform and guide all of our decisions about what we’re doing to attract more young people

and leaders to join our adventures into Scouting’s second century. It’s in our nature to do all we can to make our packs, troops, and

crews bigger and stronger. Let’s not lose sight of why we do it.

Scoutîng VOL. 99, NO. 4 ● SEPT-OCT 2011 J. Warren Young Publisher

J. D. Owen Editor in Chief Magazine Division

John R. Clark Managing Editor Bryan Wendell Senior Editor

Gretchen Sparling Associate Editor Scott Feaster Design Director

Elizabeth Hardaway Morgan Senior Art Director

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Linda Lawrence Assistant to the Managing Editor

Bob Wiemers Operations Director

Lenore Bonno Print Production Control Specialist

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Marcie Rodriguez Imaging Artist John W. Ingram Circulation Director

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Eugene Handon Traffic Manager Brian Cabanban Business Manager Jillian Foley Marketing Specialist

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SCOUTING MAGAZINE (ISSN 0036-9500) is published five times a year by the Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079. Issues are January-February, March-April, May-June, September-October, November-December.

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