Friends of Scouting 2018- November 2017-June 2018

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Did you know that 20% of the council budget comes from a fundraiser called Friends of Scouting?  It costs $175 to send one Scout through our program for one year at an organization level.  Our council supports 12 districts across 26 counties, providing scouting to over 34,000 Scouts.

Friends of Scouting is an important direct support campaign that helps fund our council’s camp properties, camp assistance, registration assistance, uniform assistance and more.  Pledges can be paid in lump sums, or on a quarterly or monthly basis.  Has your unit held a Friends of Scouting presentation to show your support?

What: Friends of Scouting

Where: Presentations scheduled on a unit to unit basis

When: November 2017- June 2018

How to Pledge: At your presentation, by calling Jessica Hofman at 317-813-7123, or emailing


Congratulations to the following units who have exceeded their Friends of Scouting goals for 2018 and are recognized for their efforts with free rank advancements for the next year!

Pack 18, Troop 18, Troop 56, Troop 514


Camp Card Orders Due Fri. 2/9/18

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Camp Card sales season is here! Orders are due this week!

Cards are sold for $10 each with the scout receiving $5 from each card sold going in their scout account that can be used to pay for Camp Ransburg, the HALO trip, or any Scouting or Exploring purpose — to purchase equipment such as tents and backpacks, uniform, handbooks, membership fees, event fees, etc.

There are 14 multi-use offers on the card, 3 multi-use keyring tags, and 3 one-time use offers. Most discounts will expire 3/1/2019.

What merchants are on the 2018 discount card?

  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Sports Clips
  • The Escape Room
  • Jiffy Lube
  • Discount Tire
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Jack in the Box
  • Hardee’s
  • White Castle
  • Which Wich
  • Stacked Pickle
  • Tuchman Cleaners
  • DICK’S Sporting Goods
  • Rally’s
  • Smoothie King
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Prime Car Wash

*more may be added*

Important Dates: March 1-April 13: Sale dates

More information at the Council website.

Please contact Jessica Hofman if you have questions.

Friends of Scouting Presentations

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Remember with your Cub Scout Packs’ Blue and Gold Banquets and Scout Troops’ Courts of Honor, we try to have a presenter from outside the unit make a pitch for annual fundraiser the Friends of Scouting.

Now is a good time to make sure that you have a presenter lined up. If you do not, contact our district coordinator or Jessica Hofman.

Earlier scheduling allows the smoothest planning. Your help is greatly appeciated.

Camp Cards are Coming

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From Council:

New for 2018:
18+ merchants on card (versus 8 merchants)
14 repeat-use offers on the back of the card, 3 repeat-use keyring tags, and 3 one-time use offers
Retail price will be $10 per card (versus $5 per card)
Units earn $5/card sold (versus $2.50 per card) *Commission is still 50%!
Extended discount offer expiration dates (most offers will expire 3/1/2019)

What merchants will be on the 2018 discount card?

Papa John’s Pizza Sports Clips
The Escape Room Jiffy Lube
Discount Tire McAlister’s Deli
Jack in the Box Hardee’s
White Castle Which Wich
Stacked Pickle Tuchman Cleaners
DICK’S Sporting Goods Rally’s
Smoothie King Dunkin’ Donuts
Prime Car Wash

*Additional merchants may be added

Important Dates:
March 1-April 13: Sale dates

Please tell me by Friday, February 2nd how many Camp Cards your Scout would like to sell.
Unfortunately, we are limited to 750 cards for our initial order.

Thank you!
Samantha Weinbrecht
Camp Card Coordinator

More information is available on the Council website.

I believe that we have the same Camp Card Coordinator as the last several years, but I still need to verify. More information to follow.

Governor’s Luncheon December 18th

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The 22nd Annual Governor’s Luncheon is Monday, December 18, 2017 from noon to 1:30 pm at the downtown JW Marriott Hotel.

The Governor’s Luncheon serves as the kickoff for our 2018 Friends of Scouting Campaign. Governor's Luncheon 2016

For many of our units, fundraising to support scouting is not an easy task. The leaders do not do sales for a living or uncomfortable asking for money.

The Governor’s Luncheon is an easy way for each unit to participate in fundraising. Think of all the people who support or send well-wishes to your unit. Send them an invitation to attend the Governor’s Luncheon with you.

Historically, the luncheon has been an extremely impressive event.

If you are sure that someone has already been invited and you don’t want to trouble them, submit their name at this website. They will get you a response as to whether that prospect has already been invited. If they have not, you can ask guilt-free.

When the donations are made, people you invite from your unit can designate that your unit be credited for that donation. That way you won’t ask the same person twice at the next Court of Honor or Blue & Gold Banquet.

For more answers, contact District Executive Jessica Hofman.

Help us make 2018 the best year for Friends of Scouting ever!

Hurricane Maria: An update on BSA members in Puerto Rico. Ways you can help.

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Bryan on Scouting has just posted this article on how to help after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

To my view, the most important part of this article is that the councils and units affected have been slow to report their needs. This creates a risk of their needs being forgotten or overlooked by the rest of the BSA.

This slow response to state needs makes a lot of sense. First, the BSA is built on a diffused organizational system. National Council needs information from local councils. Local councils need information from districts. Districts need information from units. Units need information from unit leaders. Unit leaders are busy caring for their families, work or businesses, and places of worship.

Now the information trickle is beginning. The BSA has created several central clearinghouses of information. Units can make direct appeals for help. The BSA has created a central fundraising website. Now we know where to look for what is needed.

So the next question seems to be, “What can our unit do?”

What you can do is still limited by BSA regulations. Let’s take a quick look so that these are all fresh in mind.

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Popcorn: put it on your calendar

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The Popcorn Festival is the start to the new fundraising year. Here is a fun infographic of some of the basic information.

Scout Popcorn Festival Aug. 13

For ease of adding this information to your e-calendar, I repeat the key information here. Sunday, August 13, 2017, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at Camp Belzer, 6102 Boy Scout Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46226. More information at here..

Here is a copy of the graphic as a flyer to print or send

Looking for Fundraising Ideas? Follow 343’s story

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Brian Crow of Troop 343 announced that the Troop is raising funds through Crew Car Wash sales.

Visit this special link. Buy a few car washes to support Troop 343. Find out how the program works from the customer side, then contact Crew Car Wash or other local vendors to find new and creative ways to raise money for your unit.

Troop 358 Fundraiser

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From Troop 358 Fundraising Chair Mark Pishon:

2017 Troop 358 Hog Roast

Saturday, May 6, 2017 4 to 8 pm
St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church
1870 W. Oak Street,Zionsville, IN 46077

Tickets For SaleHog Raost 2017


Come celebrate with Zionsville’s Troop 358 as the boys put on their 5th Annual Hog Roast.
The goal is to off-set Costs for Summer Camp and our High Adventure Programs.
Family Ticket Feeds Six (6).
The menu is our signature pork with a choice of two sauces, Carolina Sauce (apple cider vinegar base), or Tomato based. Meal includes rolls, Mac-n-cheese, home made signature potato salad, green beans, and baked beans.
We will also be serving hot dogs and hamburgers.
Desserts will be of a bake sale type format.
Drinks such as lemonade, coffee and water will be provided.

If you have a unit fundraiser that you would like to promote, please let us know! We will post your information, too.

Magic of 5% Improvement

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At the recent Unit Key 3 Conference, I spoke about the need to work with your Unit Commissioner and your Unit Key 3 (i.e., Chartered Org. Rep., Chair, and Unit Leader) to do a Unit Service Plan.

A Unit Service Plan is a six-month “business plan” for your unit. It examines your annual planning & budgeting, your programming (like camping and meetings), your leadership succession plan, your adult leader training status, and your recruitment and retention status.

If your unit is not examining these departments on a regular basis, it is easy to allow one part or another to slide. The worst case scenario is you ignore the slide until the slide is a death-spiral do you stop and try to fix it.

The goal of doing regular Unit Service Plans is to prevent this scenario from occurring.

If your Unit Key 3 meets with your Unit Commissioner in the next 90 days, we would help you define ways to succeed in a predictable and healthy manner.

One trick is building your unit is to set goals of 5% across the board improvement. Five percent does not sound like much. But it is.

If your unit has 30 boys and it grows 5%, it means that you have replaced boys who have aged out or dropped out, keeping your retention at 100%, then adding an additional 2 boys (it is hard to have 1.5 boys, so I rounded up).

In programming it means moving from 10 monthly events to 11 events (rounding again). If you have 20 events, you move to 21. More opportunities for more scouting leads to more opportunities to find the one event that sparks the passion of one more scout. With the spark ignited, he is easier to retain, even when his parents are offering different extracurricular activities.

A five percent increase in fundraising, for example by adding camp cards to your existing practices, means that you have more money to use in programming that one more event mentioned above.

A five percent increase in trained adults means one more volunteer to staff events.

A five percent increase in advancement means you are less likely to lose scouts because they are progressing and are actively engaged in the program.

Now has your unit improved by 5%? I would argue not. You have add more financing, more capacity for adult leadership, more boys, more events. You are a much healthier unit.

When your next recruitment cycle hits, you will likely gain more than just 2 boys, because you have that much better of a program to pitch.

Schedule to sit down with your Unit Commissioner and see where you can plan a 5% improvement plan. Your Unit Commissioner’s job is to help you find the resources to make your plan work. You will be amazed at how quickly your unit will grow in a short period of time.