Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Introducing the New Member Coordinator Position

Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends not only on having new members join the unit, but also on engaging youth and their families in the unit experiences so that they feel Welcomed and want to stay. The role of the New Member Coordinator is to ensure that both keys to success take place.
This is an official BSA position, reporting to the Unit Committee Chair.  He/she serves as a welcoming ambassador for the Unit and works with the Unit Committee to develop and implement the Unit Membership Plan.  The NMC is supported by the District Vice Chair of Membership, who shall provide assistance in executing the Unit Membership Plan by providing:  mentoring, training, marketing support, and recruiting materials as needed.
The New Member Coordinator (NMC) position has been designed to:
·       Be a FUN and engaging position.
·       Form relationships with new members and their families.
·       Use a team approach by encouraging more than one NMC in a unit, allowing them to tailor their work to individual interests/expertise, as well as to recognize the particular needs of the unit.
·       Fit every type of unit, every age level and every program.
·       Be recruited and supported by key unit leadership.
·       Be provided with training both online and face-to-face.
·       Be mentored by the District Membership Chair and become part of the District Membership team.
·       Be visible and easily identifiable at unit gatherings by their Welcoming smiles and their BSA “Welcome” logo that they display and wear on an activity shirt, on a hat or vest or in some cases, a pin on a field uniform.
Although not a requirement for chartering, every Unit is encouraged to have at least one New Member Coordinator.

Please visit www.scouting.org/nmc for additional information on the NMC position.


  1. Every unit should have at least one NMC. To that end, the National Council has announced an incentive program, where they will award an NMC shirt or hat to the first 2,500 NMCs who register as such and complete the "Welcome" training module. There are also incentives for districts and councils who support the program.

  2. information on incentive program is at http://scoutingwire.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/New-Member-Coordinator-Incentives-Flyer-8-9-172.pdf.