There is a lot to learn!
District Operations Basic is a crash course training in how to work with Scouting volunteers, donors, and units, and what is expected of Professional Scouters. We especially focused on best practices for fundraising and recruitment events. The course covered working with different personality types, what motivates people, and how to best communicate with everyone. There were lots of opportunities to share ideas and experience, to talk about what is working in the field, and what needs to change.
The things that resonated most with me were the following:
- There should be fun in everything we do!
- Scouting is a team. We can achieve success through cooperation and open communication.
- Going forward, our district will be “Volunteer-driven, and Professionally guided,” meaning you are the rock stars of the District team, and I am here to coach the team to success
- Everything I do as a Scouting Professional should provide service to units. Anything that does not serve you and your units is a waste.
So what does all that mean?
It means I want and need your ideas and your feedback. If you have something to say, I want to hear it. It also means we need your talent and the talent of new volunteers! What are you great at? No single volunteer needs to do everything because nearly everyone is willing to do something. It doesn’t have to be you; who do you know who might care about Scouts? I want to meet them!
At the end of the training, I received my Scouting Professional Commission. I did my best to represent you well; I received a Commission from the National Boy Scouts of America with Honors, and was awarded a pin that indicated I ranked in the top 5 of my Training Course. During the ceremony we recited The Scout Executive’s Code.
As a member of the Scouting profession, I will, on my honor…serve youth by working through the best volunteer leadership available, recognizing that I serve best when losing myself serving them In all my dealings with my volunteer associates, I will exemplify the same unselfish qualities that motivate them:
Recognize that my personal example of integrity and action is paramount and must be acceptable to every youth and leader; live and work in accordance with the principles of the Scout Promise and Scout Law; build confidence in my leadership with my spirit, my enthusiasm, and sound administration care about my professional associates and work with them in a manner that will aid us to grow in our dedication, our capacity, and our effectiveness;
Respect and enforce all national policies within the area of my responsibility;
Be a participating citizen of my community, helping its worthy projects, build a sound spiritual foundation for myself and family, and respect our declaration of religious principle, and maintain a considerate, satisfying, and happy home life.
I want to leave you with this promise: “I will, on my honor, serve youth by working through the best volunteer leadership available…in all my dealings with my volunteers, I will exemplify the same unselfish qualities that motivate you.”