Steve’s 2020 Growth Conference Recap

Sandra was invited to the 2020 Growth Conference, and I got to tag along (go see her recap, first)! I did a video recap over on my Scout blog, Boy Scouts Tech and I wanted to share the highlights of the conference with you:

Scouting’s best kept secret is the advances the national team have made with technology AND how they are going to manage program changes in the future – that is, how they are going to keep Scouting relevant in the 21st century. They have committed to using the Agile method of development, which will turnout great results for improving our technology and program materials.

They are also committed to reducing the amount of “regalia” we, as volunteers, need to buy for ourselves and our Scouts. For example, they are eliminating Tiger Scout socks, den-specific Den Leader patches (all Den Leaders will wear the Cub Scout Den Leader patch going forward) and there will only be one Cub Scout Belt, instead of den-specific belts.

Here are some of the resources that they passed along, please check them out!

  • Scoutbook Help Desk – tons of new and great resources with video how-tos!
  • Den Leader Tips & Tricks Videos – everything new and veteran Den Leaders need to roll into a productive Scouting year!
  • Scout Book Den Leader (BETA) sandbox – schedule an entire Scouting year for your den in a few clicks!
    • National IT is expecting to roll out a similar thing for Scouts BSA troops for youth leaders to plan out their Troops’ program
  • Explorer Career Interest Survey – now available online!
  • Scouting’s Bug Reporting system – having trouble with a BSA IT system? Lots of questions & answers available here, and the ability to open a trouble ticket with the National BSA IT team.
  • BSA Brand Center – are you building flyers or other materials online or printed? Please use the BSA brand center! The BSA’s marketing team has tons of pre-made content that has been market tested and complies with all our brand guidelines!

Cub Scout Rendezvous!

It isn’t too late to participate in our Cub Scout Rendezvous at historic Fort Benton on September 19, 2015.

Don’t let your Scout miss out on the opportunity to learn from Civil War era soldiers, and Mountain Men!

Scouts will engage in activities such as “life of a soldier,” archery, Native American culture, fur trapping demonstrations, games, and various craft projects.  This is the last big outdoor activity of the year.

For more information and registration, visit the link below.

http://www.123contactform.com/form-1041002/Cub-Scout-Rendezvous

Please register ASAP to help us prepare enough food and supplies.

Hope to see you all there!

Its not too late!

Cub Scout recruitment time is here!

We are quickly approaching the most important date on the Scouting calendar, your Pack’s recruiting event!  This one recruitment session will set the tone for the entire Scouting year!

Will your unit grow (steady growth is the best indicator of a healthy unit), and will positive, helpful, and new parents be recruited to fill every volunteer role?

A recruiting plan to assure an effective recruiting event was presented during our district Cub Recruiting Orientation on August 18th.  If you missed the orientation, it is not too late to receive this valuable information!

This year, in addition to our district recruiting orientation, we are planning to conduct two more webinars.  You will need to click on the link to register and receive an email with the webinar access information.  We will conduct those webinars on the following dates:

September 1st at 6pm click on the link below to register!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/373503368976568577

September 2nd at 6pm click on the link below to register!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2191003786271790337

We need two leaders from each unit to have either participated in the orientation on the August 18th, or on the webinar.  This will set the tone for your entire Scouting year.

To support your effort, I have free flyers, posters and yard signs to be used for your recruiting event.  I  will gladly print up flyers for you with your specific recruiting event information!  Your district executive also has a packet of materials that includes the mini Boys’ Life magazine, Parents Guide, Parent information Envelope, Sign-In Roster, Cub Recruiting Guide. Also, new to this year is our New Leader Guide and a webkey with access to all of our recruiting materials online.

Please respond with the name of someone from your unit I can deliver these materials to (if you were at the August orientation, you may have some materials already).

This link will provide you with support for materials needed to have a successful recruitment:  https://bsamontanacouncil.box.com/s/nl6tse4o9q8hae0fa7ealu152zcufvhx

Finally, below is a list of dates in September scheduled by the Great Falls Public Schools to hold Pack recruitments:

8

6:00 PM- Roosevelt

6:30 PM- Lincoln

7:00 PM- Morningside

10

6:30- Sacajawea

15

6:00 PM- Loy

6:30 PM- Sunnyside

7:00 PM Valley View

17

6:00 PM- Chief Joseph

6:00 PM-Meadowlark

22

6:00 PM- Longfellow

6:30 PM- Riverview

7:00 PM- West

24
29

7:00 PM- Mtn View

If you are not with the GFPS District, please let me know any dates you have scheduled or that I can help you schedule.

Please forward this if you are no longer involved with a Pack.

As always, please don’t hesitate to call or email Dustin Shoemake with any questions:

Dustin Shoemake | District Executive- Lewis & Clark/Central District
P 406.761.6000 | C 406.403.5675
Dustin.Shoemake@scouting.org

New District Cub Scout Blog

The District has launched a new Blog page Just for cub scout leaders and families. 

http://lcmtbsacubs.wordpress.com/

We will be sharing news, events and other great stuff that pertains to Cub Scouting from the District Committee and would love participation from the All the Packs as well.  If any of your packs have someone who would like to Blog your fun and successful events, den mtgs. pack activities, joint pack activities…… get in touch with us so we can get them added.