New Member Coordinator


Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends partly on reaching new audiences to invite them to join the unit and partly on engaging new members and their families 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.


National Commissioner Ellie Morrison greets us to explain why the New Member Coordinator role is so important:

What’s a New Member Coordinator?  & How Is It Helpful? 

The New Member Coordinator (NMC) position has been designed to:

  • Be a FUN and engaging position.
  • Form relationships with new members and their families.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be visible and easily identifiable at unit gatherings by their Welcomingsmiles 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.

The benefits of having a New Member Coordinator can be substantial!

NEW! District & Council New Member Coordinators Help Your Council:

  • Reach More Youth and Families
  • Strengthen Both Recruitment & Retention
  • Build More Effective & Engaged Growth Teams

District & Council New Member Coordinators are functional positions within council and district teams. The Council New Member Coordinator is appointed by the Council Membership Vice President, and the District New Member Coordinator is appointed by the District Membership Chair.

The Council New Member Coordinator and the District New Member Coordinator lead their council or district team to strengthen membership through focused collaboration:

  • SHARE the New Member Coordinator concept, ensuring widespread awareness of the benefits of unit’s having one or more New Member Coordinators
  • SHAPE the roles of New Member Coordinators as part of council/district growth teams so that
    • New Member Coordinators are welcomed, trained and supported
    • Districts and units benefit from NMC engagement in planning and implementation
  • OWN the local New Member Coordinator collaborative infrastructure so that their team feels agency and pride in the accomplishments

The Council New Member Coordinator and the District New Member Coordinator serve as:

  • Trail Blazers
  • Advocates
  • Team Leads
  • Mentors
  • Champions
  • Coaches
  • Cheerleaders
  • Ambassadors

Position description templates can be used as a basis for developing and tailoring local implementation to best fit the needs and opportunities in each council and district:

Training for New Member Coordinators

The Welcome training video on my.Scouting is sufficient for you to get started in your exciting new role. (See the Welcome Course Instructions) Additional detailed training on Sharing the Benefits of Scouting, Coordinating Recruitment, and the Joining and Welcoming Process is available in the BSA Members LearnCenter, using the same process for access.


Visit the course catalog and find the module listed under Program Learning Plans:

Be a CHAMPION for NMC: Share It! Shape It! Own It!

Help the New Member Coordinator position be a game-changer for your unit, your district, your council. Each of the informational PowerPoints can be downloaded and tailored for local use at council or district events, conferences, trainings, Roundtables, or unit meetings.

  • New Member Coordinator Presentation for Council & District


  • Introduction Presentation for Packs


  • Introduction Presentation for Troops