District Award of Merit Nomination

As we wrap up another year as the Anclote District, it is time to recognize those special Scouters that have rendered outstanding service within in the district.  Please take the time to nominate outstanding Scouters, by completing the nomination form and submitting it to the NoDAMminating Committee.

Completed Nomination Forms are due by December 31, 2014.  For more information, click here.

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Anclote Beacon Award Nominations

Is there that one leader in your unit that really makes things happen?  That parent that is always there to help? Anclote Lighthouse LogoIt’s time to give them some recognition for all they do!  Each unit should submit a nomination form to recognize that special adult.

One nomination per unit – the award will be presented at the District Recognition Dinner on February 7th.

Anclote Beacon Award – Deadline:  January 15, 2015 (Include name, unit and description of why the unit leader is being nominated)

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Peer-to-Peer Recruiting

Adventure of ScoutingAs you are probably aware the district has done really well in recruitment so far.  Cub Scout membership has grown by over 100 members since June 30th and units are still turning in applications.

However, we have a long way to go on our mission to spread Scouting in our community!  Every new youth we bring in and keep in the program is another young life changed for the better!  We set a target of 412 new youth members in the district this year, and so far we are about a quarter of the way there – so we are asking for your help to get the rest of the way there!  More members also means more adult leaders and provides more support to your existing leadership team.

It’s proven that the single most powerful way to recruit new members is to use families that are already a part of Scouting – peer-to-peer recruiting.  We are asking every unit in the district (packs, troops, and crews) to run a peer-to-peer recruiting event before the end of the year.

This is not as hard as it sounds.  Many units already have a fun event planned that you can invite prospective members to, such as a holiday party.  If not, you can always turn a regular meeting into a peer-to-peer event just by planning some simple activities that show the “sizzle” of Scouting.

To help you plan your event with success in mind we’ve put together a How-To guide for peer-to-peer recruitment. You can download it here!

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Fall Recruitment

NewsIt’s Fall and as the temperatures drop outside, our Membership thermometer continues to rise.  I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you who are working hard to grow your units.  At the district level we talk about these numbers all the time, but remember each one of those numbers means a kid is getting the Promise of Scouting – a promise that helps shape the person they will become.   It’s bigger than any one of us, or any unit…it’s an investment in the future of our communities.   So again Thank You and please keep growing your units.  Here’s a few successes in Anclote so far:


New Youth Pack New Youth Troop New Youth Troop

New Youth


16 48 1 8 5 91 1


8 55 9 9 6 155



9 64 4 40 1 177 2


1 140 7 48 1 407



7 422 17 84 2 475


40 7 475 30 86 1 545


If you haven’t had any luck growing your unit, please reach out to me, our District Exec Mark Sharman, or your Unit Commissioner for assistance.  This is a vital effort to the success of Scouting in our area.

Bill Haggard                                 Mark Sharman
Membership Committee            District Executive

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Weekly Popcorn Tip

Looking for a fun, yet effective way to sell popcorn? I’d be certain that there are family members that live out of town that would love to help out the Scouts by buying popcorn. You then ask yourself how can we touch those people? I’ve got just the way…

Have the youth make a short video about selling popcorn and put it on YouTube. Click here for a really cool example. Find someone in the unit who likes photography and ask if they would like to take on this project (this could even be a merit badge project in a Troop).

Once it is done, post it on your Facebook page and forward it to family and friends. Make sure you have mentioned the zip code of the Council (33772) and the unit number in the Facebook post to ensure they find the right Scout to buy popcorn from. Encourage other parents to create a post also. This will increase the online ordering.

To sell online, the Scout must first create an account with Trails End. Here’s how you do that:

  1. Go to sell.trails-end.com
  2. Top right of page, Create an Account
  3. Choose Scout from the options
  4. Complete the information and click submit

To sell, go to trails-end.com and start to order. Choose the Scout who you want to order from and go from there.

Let’s get popping.

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New Cub Scout Program – Final Rank Requirements Published

EthanEarlier today, revised and final requirements of the new Cub Scout program were released by the National Office. The new program and these requirements will be effective with the 2015-2016 Scouting year. Handbooks, den leader guides, and other affected materials are on schedule to be in Scout shops no later than May 1, 2015.

These requirements will form the basis of the new Cub Scouting program that all packs will have to follow from June 2015. This is a very extensive change to the program and is designed to make it easier and simpler for unit leaders to deliver the program and deliver the promise of Scouting.

You can view all the new requirements for cub scout ranks by clicking here.

We are planning a series of Roundtables on the new Cub Scouting program for early next year. Information will be published on the district website later this year.

In the meantime, keep on Cub Scouting!!

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Membership Sustainabilty

This is a repost of an article we put up at the beginning of the year.  I thought it would be relevant as we work through our Join Scouting Nights.

As many of you have heard, this is a critical year for our District and Council.  Our membership numbers have been declining and this meansLemon_Symbols there are more and more youth that are not getting an opportunity to be a Scout.  If you are reading this, chances are you are involved in Scouting and already know the benefits the program has on the life of a young person.  I recently read an article that posed the question “Is Scouting still relevant?”  Of course, we know the answer is YES!  The article ended with a statement that kids face so many opportunities to make wrong decisions and that Scouting stacks the deck for the positive. That’s a powerful statement and one that the leadership of each unit should take to heart.  We who are committed to Scouting – that know the value it adds to the lives of our youth, should do everything in our power to ensure a positive experience.  And let’s take that one step further…we should all be striving to ensure that our units are strong and continue to deliver the Promise of Scouting long after we’ve moved on to other things.

To be strong units need, trained leaders, planned program, and youth to reap the benefits of the program.  Think long-term and think about sustainability of the unit – how to keep it going for years to come!

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Recruiting Ideas – Promotional Activity

Recruiter PatchAs we get into recruiting season we are continuing our series of articles on Invitation Methods for Cub Scouting – which is really relevant to any form of Scout recruitment activity.

Today’s idea is to host a promotional activity; perhaps at your chartered partner, perhaps at a school in the area, or even at another location.

  • If you have volunteers willing to help, make it a hot dog BBQ! Nothing attracts attention like free food.
  • Have uniformed youth participating along with other children. Make it co-ed and allow all ages to join in.
  • Work with a pack or troop near you to ensure the program reaches all Scout aged youth. Talk to the local Girl Scout Troop to make sure you have information for the girls!
  • Take the games and activities straight out of Scouting literature.
  • Have a picture board, displays, stickers, flyers, and copies of your Unit Information Sheet; and watch for parents stopping to pick up their sons. Make sure a leader speaks to them, gives them information and invites them to a meeting.
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Aqua Academy 2014

Aqua Academy LogoAqua Academy is back! Following the wildly successful 2013 Aqua Academy we will be offering all the fun and excitment again on the weekend of September 19 – 21.

Courses that will be offered include Canoeing, Kayaking, Lifesaving, Small Boat Sailing, Rowing, Pioneering, Search and Rescue, Nature and First Aid along with the Snorkelling BSA badge.

Registration is available online only and must be done on a unit-by-unit basis. There is a leaders guide available online. Registration closes on September 4th but you are encouraged to book your place as soon as possible as experience last year suggests classes will fill quickly.

For more information, contact Theresa Ronayne or Julie Longen.

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Recruiting Ideas – Personal Phone Calls

Recruiter PatchAsk each family to brainstorm other families they could personally call or email with an invitation to join.

The pack should provide each family with copies of the Pack Information Sheet, business card, and other items to help spread the excitement of Cub Scouting.

Pack leadership could also create an email “newsletter” or other promotional copy for families to forward to their brainstormed list.

Have an incentive for the family inviting the most new members.

This post is part of a series on recruiting ideas as we gear up for the fall recruitment season. For more information on this and other ideas for recruiting, check out Invitation Methods for Cub Scouting.

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BSA Cyber Chip

CyberChipAs a follow-up to a previous blog post on the new Digital Technology merit badge, we thought it might be useful to look at its companion award, the BSA Cyber Chip.

Kids spend more than 7.5 hours a day using some kind of electronic device, according to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study.

In other words, if they’re awake and not at school, they’re probably online. Read more »

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Cub Scout Day Camp Training

CS Day CampThere will be a mandatory Day Camp training, Saturday, June 7th at 8am -3pm at the First United Methodist Church of Hudson, on US19 in Hudson.

Any Adult who has volunteered and any Boy Scout or Venture Scout who has volunteered must attend.

Registration begins at 8am, there will be refreshments. Opening will begin at 9am. Bring something to take notes.

Please bring a copy of your youth protection cards, and medical forms to give to Miss Iona. If you have a CPR, or are an EMT, LPN, or RN ,please bring a copy of those cards as well.  All range master trained, please bring a copy of your cards.

This training is needed to comply with our National Standards to run our day camp. Please plan to attend so we can ensure a safe and fun environment for our Cub Scouts. If you have signed up for any WCFC day camp, Camp Soule or James Grey Preserve, and have not attended a training, please plan to attend.

Questions, email Meralee Jett at ourgangathome3469@yahoo.com or call her at 727-862-8358.

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