Proudly serving the youth and families of Bartholemew, Dearborn, Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ripley, Ohio, and Switzerland Counties.
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Scouting From Home
As our world is turned upside down with social distancing and self-isolation, Scouting is the perfect activity to counter the boredom of being stuck at home. Most Cub Scout adventures can be completed as close as your own backyard and many troops around the country have hosted virtual campouts where the Scouts are camping in their yards and check in through virtual means. The Hoosier Trails website has a page dedicated exclusively to Scouting at home activities and Cub Scout elective adventures.
Recruit A Friend
Scouting from home could be the perfect opportunity for Scouts to earn a Recruiter strip for their uniform. Ask a friend to join the adventure by going to the Hoosier Trails Council web site to check out the Cub Scout adventures and 30-day challenges for Scouts BSA. Friends and parents can all participate together through video conference or do the activities solo at home. When stay-at-home advisories end, bring your friend to the first meeting to officially join Scouts.
Join Scout Night Training
A successful fall membership campaign always begins at the Join Scouts Night Training. Traditionally, this event has been held in June at the 1st United Methodist Church at North Vernon. This year will be a little different as we move online. Keep an eye on your e-mail and the Hoosier Trails Council web site for more information. Fall recruitment is primarily focused on Cub Scouts but what does a Cub Scout become? Yes, a Scout and what better way to help the pack that feeds into your troop but to join in the excitement and fun of Cub Scout recruiting. As we move into this fall recruitment, youth are going to be ready to get out after weathering the COVID-19 storm at home. This will be the time to bring in new Cub Scouts as well as older youth who are tired of being at home. We will discuss the community marketing approach and the important 7 points of contact to make it a successful fall. The county “join weeks” will be scheduled as it was last year and we will need to enlist the help of volunteers to assist with the school talks; volunteers to spend 2 hours prior to the join week in your county to get the word out in your community; and where needed, help support us at the schools on the official county wide join night and open houses. Last year we had an amazing team of adults and youth talking to the youth in the schools so with that success we want to build on utilizing the youth in our troops to interact with the Cub Scouts. Attendance at the Join Scouts Night Training is required for all units to qualify for Platinum JTE in 2019 so please make special plans to send at least one representative from your unit to attend this training and capitalize on the recruitment theme this year.
District Bulletin Board
Troop 549 has about 4 old Baker tents plus an old dinning fly to sale. Tents are in a troop wooden box with poles and ropes. Price is negotiable