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 Nominating Committee.
Is there that one leader in your unit that really makes things happen? That parent that is always there to help? It’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)
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!
OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS for WEBELOS LEADERS
When: Saturday, 12/6 – 8:00am to Sunday, 12/7, 11:00am
Where: Camp Soule
Cost: $25 per participant – Registration Deadline: 12/1/14
SCOUTMASTER & ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS)
When: Friday, 12/5 – 6:30pm to Sunday, 12/7, 11:00am
Where: Camp Soule
Cost: $30 per participant – Registration Deadline: 12/1/14
For any questions on either training, please contact Anclote District Training Chair/Course Director, Richard Llanas (727) 207-5985 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’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:
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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.
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:
- Go to sell.trails-end.com
- Top right of page, Create an Account
- Choose Scout from the options
- 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.
As some of you may be aware there has been a logistical issue with the supply of Scouting for Food bags this year. All the Scouting for Food bags for the State of Florida are ordered by one of the Scout Councils. West Central Florida Council placed its order with the other Council at the start of the year. Due to a communication problem between that Council and the supplier the bags were never ordered for the state.
With this in mind, Scouting for Food will obviously look different this year to previous years. Units can prepare and use door-hangers to get the word out about the event and may consider supplementing this with yard signs at the entrances to neighborhoods they visit. Alternatively, units may wish to go door-to-door on one or both weekends and have Scouts collect the food donations in an empty backpack or hand truck and collect food in this way.
Many units donate food to their Chartered Partner’s Food Bank and this is a great way to support the work of the Chartered Partner. Please remember to report the amount of food collected to me at email@example.com if you choose to do this. Units wanting to drop food off at a central location should coordinate with me.
Thank you for supporting Scouting for Food.
Earlier 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!!
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 means 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!
The latest Membership Recruiting Bulletin is now available on the Council website. You can download it here. The bulletin is produced by the volunteers on the Council Membership Committee and gives all the latest information on whats new in fall recruitment. Its not just for cub Scout leaders but leaders at every level of the program. For more information on fall recruitment, please contact Bill Haggard, the district membership chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Sharman, the district executive at email@example.com.
As 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.
Here you will find some unique items only available to our Council and camps. These items are in very limited quantities so don’t wait or you might miss out forever!! This is the Store’s homepage, there are many more items listed under the store categories. Browse around and see what treasures you will find!
Link to Council store for these and other items:
Did you miss a chance to purchase your special item at Sand Hill Scout Reservation this summer? Or maybe you are a collector of summer camp items! The Council store has many items from summer camp available for sale. Supply is limited so it is first come first serve.
Don’t be disappointed that you missed out; order on line or stop by the store.