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When my son began working as a 12-year old den chief, a Boy Scout helping a Cub Scout den, I did not know what to expect. When the meeting was over, I asked him what he thought about it. He said very slowly and deliberately with a pause between each word, “It was like herding cats.”
Many first time den leaders have the same feeling after their first den meeting.
One of the first lesson is that any good den leader can have is how to implement a system that encourages good behavior.
At the website scoutermom.com, she has a wonderful and simple article with some great positive reinforcement mechanisms. Take a look.
Some of these ideas apply equally well to older scouts, too.
Tomorrow, Thursday, October 20, 2016 is the first of our three recharter application turn-in nights. I have already had email communications with many of the units who’s applications for rechartering are due in the next 24 hours.
One of the questions that is a rising implicitly is whether they should attend if their paperwork is not 100% in order yet.
Simply put, yes, they should attend.
There are many reasons for this:
- We can identify problems in the paperwork, sometimes the unit may not be aware of the problem exists. The sooner all problems are identified, the faster unit usually is in completing the rechartering process.
- Knowing what problems really exist drastically reduces the stress in the unit associated with rechartering.
- Allowing the district commissioner and his staff to know what problems exist allows the district to offer resources to fix problems. For example, if a unit has many people who need youth protection training, it makes it easier for the district to offer a live training session at one of the unit meetings.
- If one of the volunteers and a unit refuses to do youth protection training in a timely manner and this can cause the unit rechartering to fail, the district staff can attempt to support the unit by contacting the recalcitrant volunteer directly. If that fails, the district can work in cooperation with the unit to find other solutions.
- Often volunteers get stuck in the rechartering software. We have had success with units coming with nothing prepared and walking out with the process nearly done. We’ve had many compliments about how far this turn-in meeting has helped them proceed through the process.
- Some units do not have enough money in their account to cover dues. This allows the district to better understand win dues payments will be made and work cooperatively with the unit.
- It assists novice rechartering leaders to learn the process with face to face tech-support.
- The district staff will be able to enter information into the council’s database on Trello.com. This means if the unit has any future questions for the commissioner, district executive, or registrar, that support person will be able to look online for any information previously provided. This will make unit support and problem-solving much more efficient.
Simply put, the turn-in meeting is designed to expedite rechartering. It is not simply a matter of accepting completed applications.
As part of this process we will have a photo copier and Internet access with laptops. This will allow us to help any unit move their process along.
All units attending will either receive notification that the district believes their applications for rechartering are 100% in order or will receive a written check list of items to be completed. In either case this information will be entered in the council’s database on rechartering.
We look forward to seeing every unit at their scheduled turn in time.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 will be roundtable.
We will have two topics:
- Rechartering updates and a run through of the checklist.
- Webelos to Scout Transition planning.
This is a very important meeting, so all units should have members in attendance.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 is the first rechartering turn in date at Second Presbyterian Church. This is for Packs 18, 64, 84, 179, and 830, and Troops 18, 56, 73, 191, 269, 343, and 512. See the rechartering update page for a schedule of turn-ins. You can also see a list of various articles about rechartering.
Thank to Packs 514 and 586, and Troops 73, 174, 269, 343, 358, 514, and 804, and Crew 358 for beginning their online rechartering process. That will help keep everything moving!
CORRECTION: On the email accompanying your internet rechartering access code, there was a misstatement. No new Adult Application is required if a scouter is registered with your unit to change positions! This only requires a change in the rechartering application online. The new position will be effective January 1, 2017 automatically.
However, any changes with immediate effect (i.e., in October 2016, still require a new adult application).
Again Pack 358 is opening their annual Eagle Creek Park Hayride to the district!
Thank you to Pack 358 for their generosity and demonstration that a “Scout is . . . Kind!”
Hayride & Bonfire
When: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Shelter “A” at Eagle Creek State Park
Cost: $6 per car for entry to Eagle Creek
Shelter “A” is reserved for dens to use from 10AM – 3PM.
Meal will start at 4:30pm. Please bring your pitch-in food by 4:15pm. See below.
Hayride wagons depart from Shelter “A” – 1-hour fun trip through Eagle Creek
5 wagons depart at 3:15pm
2 wagons depart at 4:45pm
Hot dogs, buns, s’mores, plates, utensils, cups and drinks will be provided by the Pack.
Lions/Tigers: Chips / Snacks
Wolves & Bears: Salads
Please bring your own roasting sticks.
POC: Leah Haak – Leah.Haak@gmail.com
Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4eabaa2ca1fe3-pack3
Flyer here. Added 2:53 pm
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is coming to Boone and Montgomery Counties on October 13th, 2016!
In Montgomery County the torch will be passing through between 10:00am and 12:00pm. In Boone County it will be passing through between 12:30 pm and 2:30pm (at the court house around 1pm and Lincoln Park in Zionsville around 2pm).
Follow the torch and support the torchbearers! Follow them on social media. http://indianatorchrelay.com https://www.facebook.com/INTorchRelay/ https://twitter.com/intorchrelay https://www.facebook.com/boonecountybicentennial Download INTorchRelay app and follow the torch.
That’s not all!
That night between 7 and 10pm a FREE block party will take place at the Boone County 4-H fairgrounds. Anyone can attend. This includes Food, Activities for the Kids, Historical information about the counties and much more. Bring a can food item to donate to the Caring Center, Bring a book to donate to the “Boone Counties little Library” and a favorite picture of your location in Boone County.
This year’s Wilderness Race for Scouting is November 12 at Camp Belzer! Early bird registration is open, which includes the participation fee AND choice of shirt for $20. The unit with the most participants will receive an awesome trophy! Medals for all finishers. NEW this year is a fully accessible 1 Mile route. The 5K course will not change. Event is family friendly and open to the public.
Registration is open for this year’s Wilderness Race for Scouting! Early bird registration closes October 23. Participate in the 5K OR new for 2016, a 1 Mile fully accessible route. Event open to the public and family friendly! For more information and to register visit: http://www.crossroadsbsa.org/wildernessrace
BSA has just posted a quick article on Bryan on Scouting about becoming a merit badge counselor.
This has been timed to coincide with a how-to pamphlet on the merit badge counseling process and expectations of merit badge counselors. North Star District Merit Badge Counselor Registrar Mike Yates recommends this pamphlet highly.
All troops should print out this material and use it for new counselors to better understand their roles.
Since the Spring Camporee is tentatively scheduled to focus on rifle shooting and archery, we should probably start boning up on the rules of shooting sports in scouts.
First, some basic rules. Cubs can only do BB Guns and archery in very strictly controlled circumstances, such as a Council campsite. No rifles. Ever. Scouts can do much more, but must follow the scouting rules carefully.
So how do we know the scouting rules?
This is scouts. Of course there is a manual for that. You can download the whole thing from the BSA website along with many other new resources.
Second, why are we so picky about the rules? Remember strict adherence to the Guide for Safe Scouting in shooting sports is the only way to guarantee that the BSA insurance will cover you as a unit leader and your chartered organization when you do shooting sports. This is extremely important, especially adhering to the stricter rules for Cub Scouts.
Our first duty is to protect the boys. Our next duty is safety for other participants. Our final duty is to keep the chartered organizations happy and continuing to support scouting.
If you have questions, contact the District Commissioner or the District Executive.
Rechartering has begun. The schedule for turn-ins is available here.
Please review your unit’s roster against the Internet Rechartering database this week.
This will help expedite the process two ways:
- It will speed identifying who needs YPT.
- It will speed identifying who needs to turn in applications (try the electronic method to expedite).
Remember no registered adults needing to change position title need to submit new applications during Rechartering. This is only true during Rechartering. The database change of title is sufficient.