Great Rivers Council, BSAMembershipSchool Night to Join Scouting

School Night to Join Scouting is coming up fast! 

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School Night to Join Scouting, SNJS, as it will be referred to, is a recruiting event held at every elementary school to give the youth served by that school an opportunity to join Cub Scouts. It is a cooperative effort between our district membership teams and our pack leadership. Join Scouting Night should be a fun informative night for prospective families. The goal for the evening is to register youth in Cub Scouts.

SNJS can occur throughout the year particularly in the Spring and the Fall. SNJS should not take place on the same night as “Back to School Night", otherwise known as open house or meet the teacher night, or the monthly pack meeting.

For many parents, this is the first experience they have with Scouting, so their initial impression is crucial. If parents leave with from a bad experience they may never give scouts another chance. For this reason we all need to work hard to ensure that the new families feel welcomed and informed. Remember, parents trust us with their most precious treasures- their children. We must always do our best to meet their highest expectations.

Our School Nights to Join Scouting are noted in the chart below. Online registration links by Cub Scout Pack, contact information, and more will be available over the summer. In the meantime, if you have questions, contact the Scout Office at 573-449-2561 Ext. 203 or email Bryon.Haverstick@Scouting.org. 

  • UNIT FLYER REQUEST FORMS ARE DUE BY AUG 15th so we can get flyers and posters done by the time school starts! 
District (Counties) School Night to Join Scouting
Kinderhook District (Morgan, Miller, and Camden)
Grand Prairie District (W. Monroe, Randolph, Callaway, Audrain, Montgomery, Pike)
Tue. Aug. 29
Boonslick District (Cooper, Boone, Howard) Thu. Aug. 31
Five Rivers District (Cole, Osage, Gasconade, Moniteau, and Maries)
Osage Trails District (Chariton, Saline, Pettis, and Benton)
Thu. Sep. 7
Mark Twain District (Ralls, Lewis, E. Monroe, and Marion)
Black Diamond District (Schuyler, Sullivan, Putnam, Adair, Scotland, Knox, Linn, Macon, and Shelby)
Online registration is live! 
Unit Key 3 (Committee Chair, Unit Leader [Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor], and Chartering Organization Representative received this email on 5/23/2017, this one on 5/30/17,  this one on 6/6/17.  informing them to create/edit their My.Scouting account, Configure their Online Registration Tool and Unit PIN. 

Formal trainings on online registrations are forthcoming at each of the School Night to Join Scouting Kickoffs in July! See below for schedule!
Here is a link to some QUICK TIPS and the official Online Registration website with more tools and resources.
Boonslick  Pack 708 Scouting Parents for Paxton Keeley Jason Furrer furrerj@health.missouri.edu Columbia, Paxton Keeley Elem
Black Diamond Pack 93 Milan Elk Lodge #2819 Donald Murphy pm63556@yahoo.com Milan
Black Diamond Pack 41 General Blackjack Pershing VFW Post 4557 Robert Frock cubmaster41@icloud.com Brookfield
Boonslick Pack 60 Rock Bridge Parents For Scouting Janell Irvin cubscoutpack60@gmail.com Columbia; Rock Bridge Elem. 
Boonslick Pack 68 Optimist Club - Midway John Maier midwaycubmaster.pack68@gmail.com Columbia; Midway Elem. 
Boonslick Pack 0257 Memorial Baptist Church Jennifer Market jlmarket@juno.com Columbia
Boonslick Pack 58 Beulah Ralph Elementary PTA Bryon Haverstick bryon.haverstick@scouting.org Columbia; Beulah Ralph Elem. 
Boonslick Pack 700 Trinity Presbyterian Church Jason Mayer jason@milconsystems.com Columbia; Russell Blvd Elem.
Five Rivers Pack 25 Knights of Columbus - Westphalia Andrew Bax osagepack25@gmail.com Westphalia
Grand Prairie Pack 55 Fulton Breakfast Optimist Club Brad Meyerhoff meyerhoffb@gmail.com Fulton
Mark Twain Pack 173 La Grange Lions Club Tiffany Blickhan ambulancedriver15@yahoo.com La Grange
Grand Prairie
Pack 205 LDS Moberly Ward - Columbia Stake
Michelle Williams pamperedstamper@windstream.net Moberly
Kinderhook Pack 21 Lake Ozark Christian Church Anthony Bonney tonybonney1990@yahoo.com Lake Ozark
Five Rivers Pack 17 St George Catholic Church Lori Greer moonlightdent2@gmail.com Linn
Five Rivers Pack 105 Cedar Hill PTO Daniel Weitkamp djweit@live.com Jefferson City
Five Rivers Pack 332 Wardsville Lions Club Jason Joiner pack332wardsville@gmail.com Jefferson City
Five Rivers Pack 333 Jefferson City Breakfast Lions Club Sheila Schaffer lawsonlionspack333@gmail.com Lohman
Osage Trails Pack 0033 Lincoln Chamber Of Commerce Nathan Lines nlines01@hotmail.com Lincoln
Grand Prairie Pack 0049 Montgomery City Kiwanas Club Matthew Waite mwaite_emt@hotmail.com Montgomery City; Montgomery City Elementary and Jonesburg Elementary 
Osage Trails Pack 0065 First Christian Church Brian Geary sedaliapack65@hotmail.com Sedalia
Kinderhook Pack 0014 Eldon VFW Post #2442 Annette Tull nettiesjammn@gmail.com Eldon; South School, Upper Elementary 
Black Diamond Pack 85 Macon Jaycees & First Christian Church Melinda Jones lmgsjones@gmail.com Macon

All Cub Scout Packs should plan to attend one of the Unit SNJS Kickoffs in the flyer below! 

(Click here to go to the popcorn page to learn more about the popcorn sale regarding this flyer)


The Hallsville, Mexico, Columbia, and Fulton School Districts are moving to an e-flyer system called PeachJar. Cub Scout Packs will still submit a request to our office with what they want on the flyer and then we will submit that to PeachJar for approval and distribution. This will save us over $1,000 in printing costs along with time spent delivering, sorting, and distributing flyers. The method in which to request those flyers is still being determined but will be ironed out in the next 30 days in preparation for the Council School Night to Join Scouting Kickoff in mid-June! We know Columbia Public School parents received an email regarding this on 5/17/17. 

Here is what you can expect for your unit’s fall recruiting:

  1. We will still create a “flyer”, but it will be delivered electronically through Peachjar.
  2. The specific details are still being developed, but we will provide units with a template for use in giving us all the pertinent information for their school-night “flyer”
  3. Flyer “uploads” will be coordinated through the office via an account we have already set up with Peachjar.  Packs SHOULD NOT create their own account and pay for this service!
  4. We will still be able to use posters and yardsigns, and be able to conduct boy-talks prior to school-nights
  5. The use of Peachjar will dovetail very nicely with the upcoming online registration system from BSA.

Much more detail will be forthcoming during our school night training later this summer.


2017 SNJS Resources are shown below. 

SNJS Support Documents 

Flyer/Poster Order Form (Link)

Be A Scout Unit Pin/Lead Instructions

Online Registration Tools and Resources

Online Registration Quick Tips

SNJS Kickoff Powerpoint

Principal Visits and Boy Talks

Parent Orientation Guide

School Night to Join Scouting Leaders Guide

Unit SNJS Goal Setting and Planning Sheet

Back of Recruitment Flyer

Parent Talent Survey and 100 Point Commitment Form

Parent Orientation Meeting Agenda/Talking Points

SNJS Sign In Sheet (word document)



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