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District Key 3 Leadership
August is Join Cub Scouts Season
August is the prime time to recruit Cub Scouts. In our ever changing world, word of mouth recruiting is going to be more important than ever for this year’s campaign.
Last year the units that showed the greatest growth were areas where they got the word out in their communities. The talks in the schools with flyers are important but that’s only half the plan. Do you have your yard signs posted or asked local businesses if they will put the join night on their billboard or a poster in the window? How about parent to parent and peer to peer recruitment? Many units are chartered by a church, have you asked if you can put something in the Sunday bulletin? Have you reached out to the local newspaper or radio station?
We all know kids have more fun when there is a good-sized group, and a den of 2 can be lonely. So, if a couple adults from each unit spend an hour hitting the street and place (10) yard signs in high visibility locations your pack will grow. In addition to the traditional recruitment efforts the council has invested in resources to assist you in your local recruitment efforts. Custom pencils promoting Scouting are available for any community events or open houses that take place.
Make sure you’ve watched the virtual Join Scout Night Training and let’s all join together this fall for a short and successful fall recruitment and offer the great outdoors to the boys and girls of our district.
Hoosier Trails 5k Run/Walk
The fourth annual Hoosier Trails 5K will be held on Saturday, November 14th at Ceraland Park in Columbus, Indiana. It is our mission to encourage personal growth among area youth by promoting physical fitness and outdoor adventure.
There is simply no better place to develop character and personal fitness than in the company of a small group of intrepid souls on a high adventure outing. High adventure works because it draws upon familiar Scouting values, and puts them to the test. Preparation and physical fitness are not merely outcomes, they are part of the cost of admission. The Hoosier Trails 5K was conceived to help smooth your road to adventure by emphasizing the importance of physical fitness, sharing trip information between Scout units, and promoting teamwork.
As always, every entrant will receive a custom patch, and members of the same Scout unit will be formed into teams. Awards will again be given to the top three male and female Cub Scouts, male and female Scouts, male and female community members, and male and female community members. The top three teams will receive customized flag totems and one lucky team will be randomly drawn for a Lodge outdoor cooking table
Go to www.hoosiertrails5k.org to for more information and to register for the race.
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 2020 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