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.

Article submitted by Jim Rushton, Team Lead Summit High Adventure Base

The Summit Bechtel Reserve is pleased to host several professional development opportunities this fall. The completion of the Tillerson Leadership Center, as well as our new dining and housing facilities, provides the SBR with tremendous capacity to support all types of training opportunities. Professionally speaking they include:

  • District Operations Basic 2 – October 14-18, 2019
  • Advanced District Operations – October 13-18, 2019
  • Leadership Development Series – October 20-25, 2019

The fall is a beautiful time to visit the State of West Virginia. We hope you will check out these courses and discuss these potential training opportunities with your staff leader. For more information visit Scouting.org.training.

In addition, the Summit will be hosting the International Representatives Conference – October 13-18, 2019. All International Representatives as well as anyone approved by their International Representatives to attend are welcome! To register, please visit summitbsa.org and click on the training tab.

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

Article contributed by Jim Rushton, Team Lead, Summit High Adventure Base

Gauley Season – September/October 2019

Come visit the Summit Bechtel Reserve for our inaugural Gauley Season. This is a great Unit High Adventure program as well as a great team building opportunity for local councils, districts and volunteers.

Gauley Season is an annual event which brings whitewater enthusiasts from around the world. The season is marked by the release of water from the Summersville Dam into the Gauley River, creating the best whitewater in the USA.

Participants can stay at the Summit in our new facilities or as tent campers. You can cook, or we call a cook for you. Your fee will include access to fishing, bike trails, hiking trails and the Sustainability Tree House.

Several additional a la carte activities (BMX, ATV, COPE, etc.) are available for an additional fee.

For more information call 304-465-2800 or reach out to  Jim Rushton at 972-567-3097 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Monday, 26 August 2019 12:20

Top Tips for Second Round Recruitment

Article contributed by Christen Oswald, District Executive Etowah of the Greater Alabama Council

You did it! You and the recruitment team went to schools and handed out flyers, went to the classroom, and got all the kids super pumped to join Scouting. You had your sign up night and got ready to register every kid in the school. Yet, after all that, your numbers do not reflect your enthusiasm, your team did not reach the goals they had set and now your numbers are also down. Not a good thing. What do you do?

It doesn’t matter if this is your first year or your 10th year recruiting from schools – we all feel the struggle.  Second round recruitment is the key to getting all the kids that really wanted to join but maybe did not get the information, missed the sign up day or the parents just did not understand the impact Scouting can have on their child.

Second round recruitment sounds like a lot more work, but it is not. It’s just a redo on what you just did at the start of the school year. Take the same plan that you had and go back to all your schools. Take flyers, do Scout talks and hold a rally. Target schools that had very little or lower than normal youth sign up.

Talk to your contact at the school, the principal, counselor, etc. and request that you come back into the school and sign up more kids. Don’t talk about your numbers or goals, instead, share what Scouting can do for the kids in their school.

Make sure you share details about the full family Scouting program – some parents still do not know or understand that the Cub Scout program is for the whole family. Everyone can go to Scout Night and take advantage of the program. 

If you only got flyers out the first time to some schools, go back and ask if you can get more flyers and do a Scout Talk in the cafeteria this time or even a Scout Talk at the pep rally.

After that, you do exactly what you did the first time. Get your flyers, sticker, bookmarks and all of your information and go back into the school with as much enthusiasm as you had the first time! Remind the kids again about how much fun Scouting is and remind yourself that the little faces you are looking at is why you do your job! That’s it! Second round recruitment is simply a refresh on first round recruitment. 

Scouting Wire would like to thank Christen for contributing this article.

Article contributed by Wendy Shaw, National Director of Membership Growth

Last month we shared the national aspirational goal of having a girl troop in every district. The number of girl troops continues to climb. Let’s look at some of the highlights to date…

If you have eight or more troops in your district, you are in the TOP TEN in the BSA! Great work to the staff serving those districts. If you have seven girl troops in your district you are in the TOP TWENTY! Impressive work in less than seven months.

Congrats to the following councils for having a girl troop in every traditional district:

Northeast Region

Spirit of Adventure

Mayflower

Connecticut Rivers

Greenwich

Housatonic

Connecticut Yankee

Suffolk County

Twin Rivers

Five Rivers

Leatherstocking

Allegheny Highlands

Westmoreland-Fayette

Susquehanna

Cradle of Liberty

Puerto Rico

Transatlantic

Southern Region

Bay Area

Suwanee River Area

Daniel Boone

Central North Carolina

Palmetto

Shenandoah Area

Cherokee Area

Cimarron

Central Region

Voyageurs Area

Samoset

Bay Lakes

Chippewa Valley

Black Hills Area

Water and Woods

Hawkeye Area

Northeast Iowa

Lake Erie

Muskingum Valley

Mountaineer Area

Santa Fe Trail

Pony Express

Northeast Illinois

Glacier’s Edge

Potawatomi Area

Rainbow

Western Region

Ore-Ida

Mount Baker

Pikes Peak

Rocky Mountain

Alameda

Sequoia

Pacific Skyline

Marin

Redwood Empire

Piedmont

Silicon Valley Monterey Bay

Greater Los Angeles Area

Western Los Angeles County

Los Padres

Far East

Scouting Wire would like to thank Wendy for contributing this article.

Article contributed by Wendy Shaw, National Director of Membership Growth

Last month we shared the national aspirational goal of having a girl troop in every district. The number of girl troops continues to climb. Let’s look at some of the highlights to date…

If you have eight or more troops in your district, you are in the TOP TEN in the BSA! Great work to the staff serving those districts. If you have seven girl troops in your district you are in the TOP TWENTY! Impressive work in less than seven months.

Congrats to the following councils for having a girl troop in every traditional district:

Northeast Region

Spirit of Adventure

Mayflower

Connecticut Rivers

Greenwich

Housatonic

Connecticut Yankee

Suffolk County

Twin Rivers

Five Rivers

Leatherstocking

Allegheny Highlands

Westmoreland-Fayette

Susquehanna

Cradle of Liberty

Puerto Rico

Transatlantic

Southern Region

Bay Area

Suwanee River Area

Daniel Boone

Central North Carolina

Palmetto

Shenandoah Area

Cherokee Area

Cimarron

Central Region

Voyageurs Area

Samoset

Bay Lakes

Chippewa Valley

Black Hills Area

Water and Woods

Hawkeye Area

Northeast Iowa

Lake Erie

Muskingum Valley

Mountaineer Area

Santa Fe Trail

Pony Express

Northeast Illinois

Glacier’s Edge

Potawatomi Area

Rainbow

Western Region

Ore-Ida

Mount Baker

Pikes Peak

Rocky Mountain

Alameda

Sequoia

Pacific Skyline

Marin

Redwood Empire

Piedmont

Silicon Valley Monterey Bay

Greater Los Angeles Area

Western Los Angeles County

Los Padres

Far East

Scouting Wire would like to thank Wendy for contributing this article.

Monday, 26 August 2019 12:13

How to Attend Growth Conference 2020

Article contributed by Wendy Shaw, National Director of Membership Growth

2020 Growth Conference

We heard positive feedback from those of you who attended the 2019 Regional Growth Conferences. The feedback was so positive that we are pleased to announce the return of the Growth Conference in 2020. Once again, the attendees will be invited to attend based on their membership performance. 

Three significant changes for 2020 include:

  1. Having a single event in Las Vegas instead of four regional events
  2. Districts will be grouped by size so attendees will be invited to attend based on their membership growth as compared to other districts of a similar size
  3. The deadline to qualify for an invitation to attend is November 30, 2019 (not year-end)

For more information, click here.

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

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