It’s that time of year again! Let’s start thinking about how we can grow our units to their full potential. Does this include inviting girls into our units? Does this include recruiting from multiple schools or starting new units in some areas? Your District Executive, Jessica Hofman would like to start having these conversations with you, as well as start developing a membership plan for the Fall. Please schedule a time with Jessica over the next two months to sit down and dive into membership logistics before back to school season sneaks up on us.
What: Membership Planning Meeting
Who: Cub Packs! Cubmaster/Committee Chairman/unit membership coordinator
Where: At a committee meeting, over lunch, or whenever is convenient!
When: At a convenient time before May
How to Schedule: Email Jessica at email@example.com
What: Spring Recruitment Planning
Who: Cub Packs! Cubmaster/Committee Chairman/Unit Membership Coordinator
Where: Let’s develop a plan!
When: Before Summer, let’s get new youth to camp!
How to Schedule: Email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org
North Star is actively searching for those that share Jessica’s passion for growing Scouting. If you’d like to join the membership team for the North Star District and help out at a District level with membership planning and execution, please reach out!
Scouters are some of the few parents in schools these days that push kids to learn independence. Lenore Skenazy, a mother of two boy scouts, has been pushing for schools to change the message sent home about how children should be raised. The results are dramatic and eye-opening.
It is so profound, that she has moved from just writing about the problem at Free Range Kids to developing a curriculum at Let Grow. It comes down to dealing with the problem of “helicopter parenting” that is so damaging to children.
We at Council should be looking at this as a way to get into schools. What happens if a bunch of scouters decide not to push to put a scout unit in the school, but instead approach the school principle or the school board one-on-one for coffee then as a group at school board meeting in uniform; the message is “we love scouting, but we encourage independent growth of citizens whether in scouting or through other programs.” The school leaders may be resistant. Yet, what happens if we can replicate Lenore Skenazy’s success with simple Let Grow curricula? Do we gain credibility?
North Star District is on the verge of having district growth in youth membership for the first time in years!
We need your help to make this goal.
With just one more youth or Venturing participant per unit (over what is already reported on your rechartering additions already entered) we can make this goal.
As you are planning your year end events, make sure to ask your scouts to invite a friend to a meeting, a holiday service project, or participate in an outing (yes, this is true for Cub Scouts, too). Those one-on-one invites are the most effective way to grow scouting.
If you need help, contact District Executive Jessica Hofman. She can help you with a mailer or other literature to support a mini-membership blitz. Target a handful of families for mailings and follow ups.
We are almost there.
I have been working to make sure the unit listings on this site are up to date.
Each unit chair should assign someone to provide me udpated information or contact me directly to confirm the accuracy of the information posted.
Many Cub Packs and Venturing Crews do not have websites. This is very damaging to your ability to look credible and inviting. Please seriously investigate having a website hosted on a service like WordPress (which I use for this website), a FaceBook page with multiple administratiors, or using a built-in web service for advancement like TroopWebHost.
The BSA has a recruiting website called http://www.BeAScout.org. Prospective new members are driven there to express interest in your unit.
Right now we have had nearly 200 prospects grow through the system throughout the district. We currently have 32 invitations hanging out there. If you have already reviewed the Inviation Manager as the Chartered Org Rep, Committee Chair, or Cubmaster/Scoutmaster, you know your status. If you have not, log in to my.scouting.org. If a red number appears in the upper right-hand corner, you have invitations to send.
If you have one done on paper, then you can mark it complete. This purges it.
If you have sent the invitation, you can then move to the Application Manager to watch to see if the family has done the paperwork. We have two applications that are awaiting approval right now.
Please make sure that you have reviewed your settings. This allows you to set your dues, decide who can approve the application, and communicate stock information to new members such as website and calendar information.
If you use it, you may find problems, but your prospects are already using it. Are you closing the deal for low-hanging fruit?
At the Boy Scout Roundtable on Thursday, August 10, 2017 we discussed Boy Scout Recruiting. If you are sitting in the Roundtable now, you can watch the slide presentation live here.
I promised to put the links shown on the presentation up on the blog. Here are the links.
- National website on year round recruiting: http://www.scouting.org/Home/BoyScouts/YearRoundGuide/recruiting.aspx.
- New Member Coordinator: http://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/councils/new-member-coordinator/
- Scouting Wire’s Membership Hub (recruiting ideas)
- Scouting Wire’s BSA Brand Center (customizable flyers and web logos)
From Bill Buchalter for the Cub Scout Roundtable: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/Leaders/DenLeaderResources.aspx.
Now is the time to put an “Open House” or “Joining Night” on your calendar for your Troop or Crew.
When you do put it on your calendar, please send me an email with a copy of your flyer and other meeting information. We will put it on the district website. Tell us when you want your article to post (e.g., a week before the event, a month before, etc.).
This can be especially useful in letting Webelos Dens know how to join your troop or troop members about your Venturing Crew.
We are now in the midst of Cub Scout Recruiting. Some quick reminders to all Packs and Troops.
(1) Make sure to send your list of names to Con Sullivan from any list of prospects. This list will allow Con to get those prospects on the Council email and text reminder system. The goal is to make sure your prospects show up at your recruitment nights. Photograph your list and email to Con before you leave the ice cream social or other recruitment activity. They may be blurry and need follow up. Sometimes they don’t. To improve success, use an app like CamScanner to change photos into PDFs. They remove background noise and darken written words. You can see the preview before you send it.
(2) Take something to give to kids. You can get a large bag of candy from Sam’s Club or Costco. You will have flocks of kids around your table. Cub Scout pencils and the frisbies from Council are good, too.
(3) Make sure that your prospect has the date, time, and location of your joining night.
(4) Have prospects sign Membership Applications wherever you can. If they want to sign up at an Ice Cream Social, give them the application. Have a credit card reader (like Square.com) on hand to allow immediate dues payment.
(5) Have as many adults in uniform at your recruitment night as possible. If you don’t have many adult leaders in your pack, ask your most supportive troop to send leaders. Troop leaders want to help, but they don’t want to step on pack leaders’ toes. If you ask, troop leaders will be there. Uniforms help re-assure prospective parents that your pack has solid leadership and support.
(6) If you don’t have enough pack parents to cover a school, make sure to ask troop leaders to fill gaps. Make sure they know your program’s basic’s well: cost of dues, annual calendar, recruitment night logistics, proposed den and pack meeting times. Remember most Troop leaders have never dealt with Lion Cub or the current Cub Scout Advancement program, since the programs are so new. Bring the leaders up to speed.
Just a quick reminder that Roundtable will be Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the northeast corner of campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 6th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
Cub Scouts: Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Bill Buchalter will be leading the Cub Scout breakout. He will be giving a prototype Den Meeting. This is designed for Den Leaders to see a Den Meeting being run. This is especially valuable for new Den Leaders; confused, veteran Den Leaders; and prospective, future Den Leaders (aka “parents you would like eto recruit as Den Leaders”). We will have a short discussion of how Lion Den Meetings (i.e., kindergartners) are different than Tiger (1st grade) through Webelos (4-5th grade), too. We will look at existing resources and strategizing how to use these resources and parent assistance.
Side note: To get your Den Leaders to the meeting, the most important step is to invite them to come with you. One of the biggest reasons Den Leaders do not attend is they don’t know about Roundtable. The second biggest reason is that they think Roundtable is meant for Cubmasters and Pack Committee Chairs. To put it gently, this is wrong. Roundtables are most valuable for Den Leaders. They have the most face-to-face contact with Cub Scouts of any scouter. An invitation helps resolve these problems. Cubmasters, pick up the phone and call each Den Leader. Ask them to come. Then follow up with a blast email.
The third biggest reason your Den Leaders don’t attend is child care. Think about joining forces to take care of childcare.
Boy Scouts: Jeff Heck will be leading the Boy Scout Roundtable. (We are still looking for a Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner.) The Boy Scout Roundtable will be focused on Fall Recruitment Planning. Please invite your Troop Membership Chairs to attend. This topic will apply equally well to our Venturing Crews, too.
From District Executive Con Sullivan:
North Star Scouters,
Please join us (and/or send your pack recruitment chair) for breakfast on Saturday, July 22nd between 9 am and 11 am at Luke’s Lodge (outbuilding on northeast corner of campus of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260). This will be an open house format, come when you can. I would like an RSVP so we can pack up once everyone has attended.
Packs will pick up their Registration Night boxes, Open House bags, and Community Yard Signs. Troops can sign up for which Packs/Schools their Troops can assist in the fall. Both can learn about our new Open House style and all about the theme “Catapult into Scouting!” Some Troops may get catapults they will want to bring to schools to create additional interest in Scouting and their Troop.
Packs, if you have not yet already, please tell me when your school’s “open house, ice cream social, etc.” is AND the date of your Registration Night ASAP! Special orders on signs and flyers are due by July 22nd at the Open House. If you can get this information to me earlier, I can have them printed and ready for July 22nd.
Please register for this rally here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4FAEAC2AA7F49-fall
Thanks and I hope to see you there!
Con Sullivan | District Executive – North Star