With all the new and exciting changes coming to Scouting, this page is your source for new information as it becomes available regarding recruitment strategies, Family Scouting, the official start of the Lion program, the new Youth Protection Training, and many others. Newest content will be posted at the top of the page but be sure to scroll down for more content!
Orientation Date Announced for Lion Den Leaders (posted Sept 7th)
We're excited to announce that we will be conducting an orientation for Lion Den Leaders on Saturday, September 29th from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Council Service Center - Hale Conference Room. The orientation will provide best practices from the experience of leaders who have run the programs in the first two "pilot" years it was offered. This will really help to ensure that your program runs smoothly, and that your unit can use it to identify and recruit lion parents into leadership positions within your pack.
New Member Coordinators can help you recruit leaders! (posted Sept. 7th)
Most schools across the country end summer break before Labor Day and some have been in for several weeks already. We are hearing from many councils that recruitment events are going exceptionally well. In the Central Florida Council for example, over two weeks they have experienced a 16% increase in boys recruited at the same schools. In addition to that they have recruited almost half again as many girls into Cub Scouting. All told, they have increased their recruitment from last fall by 70%. While not all councils have such outstanding results, most that have done recruitments are up. We need to be prepared to recruit a lot of adults to support that kind of growth. The staff and volunteers of the Seneca Waterways Council is here to support you in these efforts. Your unit has a recruitment coordinator who has volunteered to help support your unit as you execute your recruitment plan. In addition, one thing to consider is having your unit designate a New Member Coordinator. NMCs can have a tremendous impact on parent engagement, volunteer recruitment, and youth retention. A full description of what NMC’s can do as well as resources to make things really easy is available here.
Scoutbook will be free to all Units starting next year. (posted Sept. 7th)
A major announcement has just been made by the BSA. Beginning January 1, 2019, the unit management tool known as Scoutbook will be available for all registered units to use free of charge. Units that already use Scoutbook won’t be charged when they renew their subscription on or after Sept. 1, 2018. Scoutbook Lite will soon be the official way to enter advancement electronically as online advancement will be going away soon. You will not need a subscription to utilize Scoutbook lite, but it will help units not currently using Scoutbook to become familiar with the form and function of the Scoutbook platform.
There is a great article about it with some FAQ’s available here on the Bryan on Scouting Blog. This is a fantastic resource that makes running a Pack, Troop, or Crew much simpler.
Educating our friends and neighbors about what Family Scouting really is. (posted Sept. 7th)
Family Scouting is upon us. Though everyone has an opinion about whether or not girls should be joining Cub Scouts and what will soon be called Scouts BSA, it’s clear that many are still uninformed about the details. There is a lot of misinformation about what has actually changed, how it is being implemented, and why our organization has made this decision. Many who are deeply opposed to girls being enrolled in these two programs come to understand and even support the change when someone takes the time to explain it to them. As we embark on a campaign to welcome the whole family to Cub Scouts for the first time ever, please take the time to make sure you yourself are informed and share what you’ve learned through social media to broaden the discussion and help everyone in our community know what a great opportunity this is. There is a fantastic (AND SHORT!) video available below. Please watch and share!
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