Our council is committed to providing the highest quality program that Boy Scouts offers through all levels of the program from Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Ventures. Part of that quality is achieved by having registered adults trained in their position. In a review of training records as documented through www.my.scouting.org , the Training Committee has identified a gap in your training. This means you are missing one or more training classes required to be trained in your position. Read more
Please plan to join us for the upcoming Roundtables. Roundtable starts at 7:00pm and is held at Cares (4136 Barker Drive, New Port Richey)
October 14 – STEM Discussion w/Mark Owens (Had to move the recharter presentation to November Roundtable for logistical reasons.)
November 11 – Charter Renewal – Charter Packets will be available at the end the Roundtable program for January renewing units!
December 9 – Charter Renewal – Charter Packets will be available at the end the Roundtable program for February renewing units!
Fort DeSoto Park has 150 more picnic tables to be painted, spread out over five seperate areas for this years project. At the West Central Florida Council Encampment held in 2014, Boy Scouts, Venturing Crew and Sea Scouts painted 400 tables so well that the park ranger has asked scouts to return and paint some more. This work day is open to all WCFC scouts: Boy Scouts, Venturing Crew, Sea Scouts and Cub Scouts. Paint and paint brushes will be provided. We are still in need of rolling pans and paint rollers to help with painting. Bring own drinks to stay hydrated.
All volunteers (Adult and scouts) will receive a certification logging there service hours which they can use for rank advancement or units Journey to Excellence program. No uniform required, work cloths that may get paint on them.
This Saturday, October 10, 2015 Rain or shine! 8:00 am check in, 8:30 am painting starts until finished.
Meeting Location: Bay Pier Parking Lot at Fort DeSoto Print out a Volunteer Vehicle pass to save the $ 5.00 parking fee.
We also need about 10 staff members to help with registration and for paint area supervisors, Please contact Bruce (info below) for staffing:
Bruce Nichols, Council Activity Chairman (email@example.com)
Register for both of these opportunities online at www.wcfcbsa.org.
SCOUTMASTER & ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER
When: 9/26/2015 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Christ Presbyterian Church, 3115 Dryer Ave, Largo, FL 33770.
Cost: $15 per participant – Registration Deadline: 9/23/15
More Info on SM Trng
INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS)
When: Friday, 10/23 – 6:30pm to Sunday, 10/25 – 11:00am
Where: Camp Soule
Cost: $30 per participant – Registration Deadline: 10/19/2015
More Info on IOLS
For any questions on either training, please contact Anclote District Training Chair/Course Director, Richard Llanas (727) 207-5985 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) & Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL)
Get the information you need to work with Cub Scouts. Learn to use the resources of your natural surroundings, the values Scouting’s outdoor program, and how to be safe while having fun with your Pack. Educate Cub Scouts and their families in the development and growth of age appropriate skills for living outdoors. This training is recommended for all Pack Leaders, Committee Members, and parents!
WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
WHERE: Camp Soule – Flammer
COST: $15.00 per person – Participants bring your folding chairs, and drinking cups please.
WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 8:00 am to Sunday, 11:00am
WHERE: Camp Soule
COST: $25.00 per person – Participants bring your folding chairs, and drinking cups please.
Questions: Contact Anclote District Training Chair Richard Llanas at (727)207-5985 or email@example.com.
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!
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!
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.
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.