Council Encampment – Leaders Guide

palm-tree-on-island-mdThe leaders guide for the Historic Island Adventure that is the West Central Florida Council 2014 Encampment is now available for download on the Council website. Click here to see a PDF copy of the guide.

Our supplier is finalizing sizes and details for the Encampment T-shirt and as soon as this information is available, registration will be available online.

Registration is available online.

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Scouting For Food – Important Update

SFFAs 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 mark.sharman@scouting.org 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.

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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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Cub Scout Leader Training

Please plan to join at the West Central Florida Council’s upcoming Cub Scout training session. This is a great opportunity to get you leaders trained so they can deliver a quality program to your Pack! The will include the following fun-filled courses:

  • Cub Scout Specifics – This course provides new Leaders the basic knowledge and skills to run a successful Pack. It’ a must for all new leaders, as well as “old-hands!”
  • Webelos Den Leader Specifics – This course is intended to provide Webelos den leaders with the “how-to” basic information they need to run interesting and productive den meetings.
  • Den Chief Training – This course is designed to help Boy Scout or Venturer youth learn the ropes of assisting the den as their Den Chief. Scouts need to be at least First Class in order to fill the position of Den Chief.  Click here for registration info.

When:    October 4, 2014
Time:      Gather at 8:30 / Courses run from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Cost:        $3.00 to be paid at the training session
Where:   St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Parking/Entrance behind the Church)
36 N. Pinellas Ave.
Tarpon Springs FL 34689

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Membership Recruiting Bulletin – Issue 5

MembershipRecruitmentBulletinThe 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 membership@anclotedistrict.org or Mark Sharman, the district executive at mark.sharman@scouting.org.

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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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Visit the Council Online Store (Now w/SHSR Items)

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:

http://www.wcfcbsa.org/online-store/3060   

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.

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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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