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Congratulations to Rick Chapman, who will serve as Scout executive of the Alabama-Florida Council in Dothan, Alabama, effective March 1, 2020.

Rick began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Gulf Coast Council in Pensacola, Florida. While there, he moved up the ranks serving as a senior district executive, district director, field director, and assistant Scout executive. He was selected to serve as Scout executive of the Yocona Area Council in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 2010.

Rick enjoys shooting sports, fishing, and grilling. He has two grown children.

In the comments below, please help us send Rick our well wishes as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Alabama-Florida Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Unit Serving Executives can now review rosters and advancement information for any unit in your council. 

The new Internet Advancement web platform is specially designed for both council employees and unit leaders to track and record unit advancements. The platform was built to optimize unit management and includes features that enable council employees or leaders to record the same advancement for many youth at once. 

You don’t have to wait to try out this new tool because Internet Advancement is now field ready and optimized so you can use your mobile device or desktop to review the progress of your council’s units. 

How to Access Internet Advancement

  1. Visit & Bookmark: http://scoutbook.scouting.org
  2. Log in with your my.scouting account tied to your council role

View more instructions and how-to tips here, including how to record advancements and how to set up access for council professionals.

Article submitted by Wendy Shaw, National Director of Membership Growth.

The 2020 Growth Conference was held February 6 & 7th at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX. This year’s attendees all had achieved year-end membership growth by November 30, 2019. Speaker for the opening dinner was Assistant Chief Scout Executive, Patrick Sterrett, and in attendance were the Regional Directors and Membership Growth Team Leads.

Rolled out during the conference was the new Unit-Serving Executive Group on Workplace. With over 200 members, this group is a great way to connect with fellow Unit Serving Executives throughout the movement. Unit Serving Executives of the Boy Scouts of America are encouraged to click here to access this Workplace group.

Conference attendees also heard the latest news and what’s in the pipeline from the National Director of Cub Scouts, Anthony Berger, the National Director of Scouts BSA, Garfield Murden, National Director of Exploring, Tim Anderson, National Director of Research and Strategy and the National Director of Marketing, Communications and Brand Management, Michael Ramsey.

Scouting Wire would like to thank Wendy for submitting this story.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:36

What Successful People Have in Common

Article submitted by Nelson Lin Carter, retired Scout Executive of the Chicago Area Council and condensed from: “The Great American Success Story” George Gallup, Jr., Alec M. Gallup, William Proctor

When it comes to having successes in recruiting more families into Scouting programs or even in any of the other functions of Scouting (finance or commissioner service), the blend of self-esteem and your self-efficacy drives you to achieving extraordinary aspirations. As unit serving executives, you should have the confidence to do the job and know you have been trained to do the job right! Listed below are some identifiable traits that showcase the winning combination of accomplishing that goal.

Research pinpoints a number of traits that recur regularly among top achievers. Five of the most important include:

  1. COMMON SENSE – The quality possessed in abundance by achievers. It means being able to make sound, practical judgements about events that happen every day. It’s the ability to prioritize details in decision making and focus on the information that matters most. A person can develop common sense by watching how others use it and learning from mistakes. For example, when you are working with the activities committees and the focus should be on dealing with how many of the troops will be participating and what the program should be, instead of spending the majority of the time at the meeting on what the patch will look like.
  2. KNOWING ONE’S FIELD – Having a specialized knowledge in one’s field, a practical understanding of the crafts of the business. Doing homework reduces risks and acts as insurance for personal ability. “To achieve success, you have to want it, and then you must work to keep it.” Remember, you are the professional Scouter, and you know the Scouting program. Guiding volunteers through the nuances of setting up an effective Fall Recruitment Roundup is key.
  3. SELF-RELIANCE – Top achievers rely primarily on their own resources and abilities. They have an ability to take definitive action to get things moving in their lives through willpower and an ability to set goals. Successful people have clear goals, are self-starters and persevere after a project has begun. They have the guts and stamina to work the hours required to accomplish objectives. The Mission, The Program, The Youth – is what drives us as professional Scouters. The Scout Executive Code has set the direction for us to develop and grow – independently as we become a better professional.
  4. GENERAL INTELLIGENCE – Natural ability to comprehend difficult concepts quickly and to analyze them clearly and incisively. In addition to I.Q., general intelligence includes extensive vocabulary, excellent reading and writing skills and an inquiring mind with broad ranging interests. How we articulate the data to our volunteers and get on the same page to accomplish the goal is essential. The need to fill the district committee, adding to the depleted commissioners’ staff and identifying more people to the membership committee are all related to the bottom line of recruiting more youth in the program.
  5. ABILITY TO GET THINGS DONE – Organizational ability, good work habits and diligence are essential in accomplishing critical tasks. Our staff leaders are training and directing us to what must be done. Juggling many balls is a normal day in a district executive daily task. Following the work behaviors that will build on future successes is key. Prospecting, cold calling, monthly planning schedule, etc.

Additionally, other factors include leadership, creativity, relationships with others and luck. But, common sense, knowing one’s field, self-reliance, intelligence and the ability to get things done stand out in “success personalities.” If these traits are cultivated, chances are that success will be achieved!

Scouting Wire would like to thank Lin for submitting this story.

Please join us in congratulating Matt Hart, who will serve  as Scout executive of the Northwest Georgia Council in Rome, Georgia, effective March 15, 2020.

Matt began his Scouting career in 1994 as a district executive at the Northwest Georgia Council after completing the BSA National Internship Program. He was later promoted to senior district executive, program director, and finally field director. In 2002, he was selected to serve as the Scout executive of the Alapaha Area Council in Valdosta, Georgia, and then in 2007, as the Scout executive of the Suwannee River Area Council in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2009, he returned to the Alapaha Area Council as Scout executive, and in 2012, led the successful efforts that began the South Georgia Council, the position he most recently held.

Matt is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and Founder’s Award recipient who enjoys traveling and camping. He is also a past Rotary president and Paul Harris Fellow.

Matt and his wife, Kimberly, have two grown Eagle Scout sons: Dalton and Dustin.

Please help us send Matt our well wishes in the comments below as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Northwest Georgia Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Please join us as we congratulate Gary Decker, who will serve as Scout executive of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council in Buffalo, New York, effective March 1, 2020.

Gary began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Baden-Powell Council in Binghamton, New York. He was later promoted to program director and then to field director before moving on to become the director of field service of the Seneca Waterways Council in Rochester, New York. In 2016, he was selected to serve as Scout executive of the Five Rivers Council in Horseheads, New York.

Gary is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow who enjoys hunting, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Gary and his wife, Lisa, have two children: Matthew (Eagle Scout) and Gary (Arrow of Light Scout).

In the comments below, please help us welcome Gary to his new role in the BSA as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Congratulations to Anna B. Hudak as Scout executive of the Northeast Iowa Council in Dubuque, Iowa, effective March 1, 2020.

Anna began her Scouting career as a camp counselor at Tomahawk Scout Reservation in Birchwood, Wisconsin. In 2006, she became a district executive at the Northern Star Council in St. Paul, Minnesota. She moved on to become the program director at the Illowa Council in Davenport, Iowa, and later the director of development at the Crossroads of America Council in Indianapolis, Indiana. Most recently, Anna served on the National BSA staff as the team leader of the Central Region Membership Growth team and as the national director of STEM Scouts.

Growing up, Scouting was a family affair. Anna’s mother was a den leader, her father was an assistant Scoutmaster, and one of her brothers is an Eagle Scout.

Please help us send our well wishes to Anna in the comments below as she joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Northeast Iowa Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Please join us as we congratulate Melissa Stricherz, who will serve as Scout executive of the Central Minnesota Council in Sartell, Minnesota, effective March 1, 2020.

Melissa began her Scouting career in 1999 as an endowment director for the Mid-America Council in Omaha, Nebraska. While in Omaha, she also served as a district executive and eventually director of finance service. In 2016, Melissa was selected to serve as the field service council executive of the Southern Shores Field Service Council in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Melissa is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and Wood Badge trained. In 2013, she completed her dream Philmont trek of 83 miles with her son. She enjoys exercising, hiking, baking, reading, and is very excited to be a part of the 2021 National Jamboree staff.

Melissa and her husband, Craig, have two children. Sydney is finishing her senior year in college with plans to pursue her occupational degree, and Brendan is a military police officer in the Army National Guard pursuing an interest in law enforcement and construction management.

Melissa has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with emphasis in Nonprofit Management and has earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

In the comments below, please help us welcome Melissa to her new role in the BSA as she joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Central Minnesota Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

The Boy Scouts of America has teamed-up with 12 of the nation’s leading youth programs to launch Be a Champion, #InvestInKids, a campaign designed to raise awareness and increase support for youth programs across the country.

Every day, these programs reach millions of kids across the U.S. and make a positive impact in their communities and the world around them.

The Boy Scouts of America connects youth to opportunities for adventure, education, skill development, leadership, service, and more, as it seeks to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The efforts of the BSA and other youth-serving organizations help young people make friends, give back to their communities, and build self-confidence, which ultimately enables young people to learn about themselves and build a strong foundation for a healthy, productive life.

These programs and our nation’s youth need champions. Because adults often serve as champions for the youth in their lives and in their communities, we invite our BSA volunteers and parents to use the #InvestInKids hashtag in their social media posts that encourage others to support youth-serving organizations in their efforts to improve the lives of children.  

The Be a Champion, #InvestInKids campaign is funded through generous support from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Participating organizations include, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Camp Fire, Coaching Corps, Girls Inc., National 4H Council, Nature Bridge, Outward Bound, Playworks, Positive Coaching Alliance, the Student Conservation Association, and the YMCA. 

Congratulations to Andrew Zahn, who will serve as Scout executive of the Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati, Ohio, effective February 1, 2020.

Andy began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Hawkeye Area Council in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was promoted to district director at the council and then moved on to become field director and later director of development of the Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2012, he was promoted to deputy Scout executive of the Greater St. Louis Area Council in St. Louis, Missouri.

Andy is an Eagle Scout who enjoys spending time with family and friends, following his favorite collegiate and professional sports teams and enjoying the outdoors.

Andy and his wife, Kim, have one daughter.

Please help us send Andy our well wishes in the comments below as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Dan Beard Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

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