Article contributed by David Rico “Rico,” Southern Region Membership Growth Coach at the National Service Center.

What can you do to get ready for your 2020 Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign before year-end? As we get through the big wave of fall membership, we need to think with the end of the year in mind. Read below for 6 important steps to take as you wrap up your 2019 membership campaign.

1-   Follow up with interested families who were unable to attend the Join Scouting Night.

2-   Follow up with units that need a second recruiting event to meet their membership goals and complete all Joining Night events.

3-   Consider membership inventories. Unit leaders and Unit Commissioners need to work in collaboration with local units to guarantee all youth applications have been processed. Conduct inventories twice a year (once in October and once in April).

4-   Take event/activity inventories into account, too. With the collaboration of the program staff, review attendance sheets to ensure youth who attended the different district/council events or activities completed registration.

5-   Utilize BeAScout! BeAScout.org provides 24/7 resources for interested parents to find local Scouting programs and apply online. Ensure that all applications are approved and completed.

6-   “One-monthers” – As part of your re-charter renewal process, make sure you gather the applications of new youth with a payment for one month (this applies for those units that re-charter in December). For example, if a youth joins in December, they must pay one full year plus a month.

What can you do to get ready for your 2020 FOS campaign before year-end? Here are a few things you can do:

1-   Evaluate 2019 FOS campaign. Determine areas of success and opportunity. Share your findings with district-level volunteers.

2-   Identify and recruit 2020 Finance Chair.

3-   Identify and recruit 2020 Family FOS Chair.

4-   Identify and recruit 2020 Community Chair.

5-   Focus on Elements of a Successful FOS Campaign, and use the FOS resources from Scouting.org

Do you have any additional tips you might add? Let us know in the comments below.

Scouting Wire would like to thank Rico for submitting this article.

Article submitted by Derrick Russaw of the Southern Region.

In order to continue to serve its youth members, it is incumbent on the district to elect a strong district committee. Thus, it is the task of the district nominating committee to select a slate of excellent officers and members at large for the next year. It is the district executive’s responsibility to coordinate this effort and lead the charge to ensure quality district operations.

In order to stay on schedule, the following steps should be in place:

  1. Recruit a nominating committee chairmen
  2. Recruit 2-3 nominating committee members
  3. Set at least 2 nominating committee meetings (Between August and September)
  4. Schedule a district annual business meeting (Early October)

As a district executive, your role is to:

  1. Review qualifications of members.
    • As a district executive, it is important to be knowledgeable of all position requirements within the district committee. In preparation for district nomination committee meetings, you should email or provide the aforementioned material.
  2. Study the participation and performance of last year’s officers and members at large.
    • Using your district committee minutes, notes, and sign-in log, district executives should compose a confidential performance evaluation of each sitting committee member. Sometimes it is ideal to reassign some of the existing members to a new job that will further enhance Scouting within your district.
  3. Make suggestions for each officer and member at large.
    • It is important to research and provide three prospects for each position if there is to be a change in personnel for a seat.
  4. Participate as requested in contacting each nominee.
    • Always remember draw on the support of key volunteers. Avoid recruiting a volunteer alone. Try to reach out to somebody of influence who can help encourage and support the nominee’s participation.
  5. Treat all information as confidential.
    • This is a confidential meeting. All notes, conversations, etc. should be treated with respect and discretion.

Never forget that Scouting is a volunteer-led movement. The commitment of your volunteers will affect the quality of your district at large. It is more important to have the right volunteer serve rather than to simply have a name on a sheet of paper. This process will not be “easy,” and it will require “professional courage.” This means that district executives are expected to have the strength and maturity to look past mere enthusiasm and place the best candidates in a position where Scouting can thrive. When the district nominating committee is run according to these guidelines, everybody wins.

Scouting Wire would like to thank Derrick for submitting this article.

Article submitted by Keenan M. Pallone, Chain Bridge District Executive of the National Capital Area Council.

Step 1: Understanding Challenges from the Event 

We need to figure out what areas can be improved from the first event in order to have a more successful follow-up event. There can be numerous reasons why a Join Scouting Night (JSN) did not go according to plan, so we need to review everything we can. Maybe it was the weather, or another event was scheduled, or the flyers didn’t have enough information, or something else about the event didn’t convince attendees to join. Determine where we could have made improvements, and share this information to the membership committee and/or other units so adjustments can be made for future events.

Step 2: Volunteer Buy-in

Now that we’ve discovered areas for improvement, we’ll need to get the volunteers’ buy-in again for a follow-up JSN. When working with our volunteers, we need to make sure they feel supported and that we are in this together. Start by having a conversation with the unit leadership and focus on what we as unit serving executives can do to better assist them. Yes, this may mean some longer days and more time in our vehicles, but it’ll pay off in the long run. After all, we are volunteer run and professionally guided. If our units feel supported (and are supported), we will be successful!

Step 3: Planning the Event

Okay, so we have an understanding of how to make improvements, and we have our volunteer buy-in, now we need to plan the follow-up JSN event. Work with the unit’s leadership to schedule a date and time and inform them that either you (preferred) or someone from the district will be present to lend assistance and collect any completed applications at the end of the event.

Step 4: The Event

We should make it a priority to attend every JSN, if possible, but this is especially true for rescheduled or follow-up JSNs. If we cannot attend, we should make sure someone who is knowledgeable about Scouting and membership is able to attend to lend assistance. When attending the JSN, bring additional membership items such as blank applications, flyers, promotional items, etc. in case supplies run low at the event. Most importantly, make sure to put on a smile and have fun!

Do you have any suggestions for Join Scouting Night follow-ups? Let us know below!

Scouting Wire would like to thank Keenan for submitting this article. 

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 01:38

Attend This Upcoming Scoutreach Conference

Article submitted by Lawrence “Ty” Washington, Jr., Central Region Growth Coach at the National Service Center.

The National Service Center is committed to supporting local councils. Part of this commitment is to host Scoutreach Conferences. The Central Region Scoutreach Conference takes place October 8-10. The Western Region conference took place earlier this year). In 2020, the intention is for the Northeast Region and the Southern Region to host conferences.

What is Scoutreach? Scoutreach units are those for which the council provides leadership and/or funding resources. This program helps ensure that all youth, regardless of circumstances or background, have an opportunity to join and experience Scouting. 

What will I experience at a Scoutreach Conference? You will learn the latest and greatest resources to support your local program, as well as learn some of the best practices from the leading councils across the region and the nation. You will also get to spend time and network with Scoutreach professionals from across the region and the nation to build up your support system. 

Topics to be covered include: How to create and sustain quality Scouting programs in hard-to-serve areas. How to provide consistent Scouting programs for communities where socioeconomic challenges may exist. How to diversify your district through community partnerships. And best practices from all over the country! Additionally, you learn about program delivery, funding/financing your council Scoutreach program, and staffing your Scoutreach programs. 

Who should attend?  Scoutreach professionals, after-school professionals, program aides, paraprofessionals, managers of Scoutreach professionals, development professionals who support Scoutreach and any unit serving executives who are interested in diversifying their districts. 

Central Region Scoutreach Conference

October 8 – 10, 2019

Michigan Crossroads Council

Great Lakes Field Service Council

Detroit, MI

Register Here

 

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Details on the Western Region Scoutreach Conference will be provided in the future. 

Scouting Wire would like to thank Ty for submitting this article.

Congratulations to Terry Whitaker, who will serve as Scout executive of the Suwannee River Area Council in Tallahassee, Florida, effective September 1, 2019.

Terry began his Scouting career as a district executive and later senior district executive with the Northeast Georgia Council in Jefferson, Georgia. He moved on to become the district director and then field director with the North Florida Council in Jacksonville, Florida. He was later promoted to assistant Scout executive of the Flint River Council in Griffin, Georgia.

Terry is an Eagle Scout who enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and serving his church.

Terry and his wife, Jenny, have two boys and have been active foster parents since March of 2017. 

Please join us in congratulating Terry in the comments below as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Suwannee River Area Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

And communicating that value to parents is a key part of Scoutbook’s new features. Although experienced Scout leaders understand the life lessons that come with building a birdhouse or taking a hike, newcomers to Scouting may not. So Scoutbook directly makes the connections for parents. For example, when a Tiger completes the My Tiger Jungle adventure, parents will learn that the adventure “starts your child on a path of understanding the natural world around them. Building on their natural sense of curiosity, this adventure teaches your Scout about appreciation for animals and nature, all while having fun in the outdoors.”

Like most mobile apps, this one is expected to evolve over time. Even as they unveil new features, the BSA team is thinking about what comes next. “We’ve spent a lot of time interviewing den leaders, parents, and Scouts from around the country,” Hill says. “We’ve received a lot of really great ideas that we’re excited to roll out in future phases to bring new levels of fun and simplicity to everyone in Scouting.”

Despite the way Cub Scouting has evolved over the last 89 years, one thing has remained consistent. “When the program is delivered the way it was designed, it works,” Hill says. Now, delivering it will just be much easier. 

An earlier version of this story originally appeared in the Summer 2019 edition of Alumni Alive!

Please join us as we congratulate Justin Williams, who will serve as Scout executive of the Palmetto Council in Spartanburg, South Carolina, effective October 1, 2019.

Justin began his Scouting career as a district executive at the North Florida Council in Jacksonville, Florida. He moved on to become a senior district executive and then development director with the Northern Star Council in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was promoted to field director with the Bay-Lakes Council in Appleton, Wisconsin, and later to director of field service of the Great Lakes Field Service Council in Detroit, Michigan.

Justin is an Eagle Scout who enjoys traveling, history, and cheering for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Justin and his wife, Holly, are the proud parents of a 1-year-old daughter, Faye.

Help us send Justin our well wishes in the comments below as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Palmetto Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Congratulations to Patrick Linfors, who will serve as Scout executive of the Garden State Council in Westhampton, New Jersey, effective August 1, 2019.

Patrick began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Central Florida Council in Apopka, Florida, where he later served as a senior district executive and field director. In 2014, he moved on to become the director of field service for the North Florida Council in Jacksonville, Florida.

Patrick is an Eagle Scout from the South Florida Council who enjoys kayaking, reading, and major league baseball.

Patrick and his wife, Patty, have two Scout sons, Christopher and Jason.

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

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