ScouterStan reviews the first session of the Commission’s Weekly show. ScouterStan has been inspired to continue with a second season, but he needs help knowing what he should cover. Please let him know in the comments of this channel and he will see them, read them and will reply. If the first season was helpful in any way, please let others know about the channel. ScouterStan is planning on improving the video and gets more fun over time. Maybe a real-time chat in the future? 😎
Every year all scouting units recharter. 😬 The recharter packet should contain the following: ✔ Step-by-Step Instructions ✔ Printout of Units Current Membership ✔ Unit & Membership Fees ✔ Journey to Excellence ✔ Annual Charter Agreement ✔ Contact Help and Resources Information ✔ Other Stuff from Council/District
Recharter packets are picked up at the October Roundtable. Recharter starts online with instructions contained in the packet. Print out the forms specified in the instructions. Get the signature that is required. Make financial arrangements to cover your fees. Complete the rechartering at the November Roundtable. Remember that you are not alone. Use your resources if you have questions.
Scout leaders are notorious for volunteering and over-committing. We like to say and hear the word YES! Leaders often get burnout when they over-commit to anything. ScouterStan explains how to help prevent burnout by keeping the “Rule of Five” in balance.
The Rule of Five 🖐
(1) Family – That’s your family and friends you would consider family. (2) Faith – Putting God in your life will help give it purpose and meaning. (3) Career – Using your skills to pay the bills. (4) Self – Taking time for your self, downtime is important. (5) Others – Helping others become better people and doing good turns for them.
It’s natural for each person to rearrange their own Rule of Five. However, the list is the same and no one of the five is more important than any other. The perception of burnout happens quickly when there is an imbalance of one or more of these. Balancing these five priorities and helping others balance their commitments, makes everyone happier people. Always remember you can say NO (politely) and still help find someone who is able to say yes. Just think about the Rule of Five before committing yourself or others to anything.
A Den Chief is a youth position in a Troop that is helping the Den Leader in a Cub Scout Pack. Often this position is dismissed as unimportant and trivial. However, it’s one of the most important in the life of a Scout Troop and a Cub Scout Den. ScouterStan explores this little know youth position and how important it is. The new Den Chief training is outlined in 3 modules;
The Den Chief’s role and understanding Cub Scouts
The Den Meeting
How to lead activities
The Den Leader and the Den Chief Scout should attend this training together. Techanaly, the Den Chief can be of any rank, but only First Class Scout or higher can count their service for rank advancement. Scoutmasters should only select responsible scouts for this position. As the Den Leader doesn’t need an older Cub Scout… They need a real youth leader. Scoutmasters should also consider the many commitments on this youth leader. Troop meetings ever week, Den meeting 3 times a month and Pack meeting or Pack activity once a month. Plus Troop camping and OA commitments and more… A Den Chief is a natural recruiter for your Troop. Encourage the Den Chief to work in the older Den’s and have them cross over into the Troop. Then the former Den Chief can become a Troop Guide to the first year patrol.
♫ “Back to Gilwell O’Happy Land… I’m Going to work my Ticket if I can.” ♫
Wood Badge is the highest level of adult Scout leader training available in the World. The first Wood Badge training was organized by Francis “Skipper” Gidney and lectured by Robert Baden-Powell and others at Gilwell Park in the UK in September of 1919. The first course in America was held at Schiff Scout Reservation in 1948. Scouters wanting to take the course must be fully position trained with current YPT. All levels of Scouts BSA are encouraged to take this high-level training. Wood Badge is set up as a 6-day course. One full week or two full weekends of training. After completing the course members of Troop 1 start working their “ticket” to complete the training. On completion, the Scouter is awarded the Gilwell Wood beads, neckerchief, and woggle. Warning, this is high-level training. I have seen it change people’s point of view of the world. Your critter and patrol members will become a special part of your scouting life.
Everyone should be encouraged to use the Scout Sign and recite the Scout Oath and Law. Often I see parents at meetings that just stand there, while their scouts are reciting the oath & law. Leaders should encourage parents and guests to join in. Parents should use the Scout Sign at home or anywhere. Scouting values are not exclusive to registered members at meetings and outings.
This is your monthly district roundtable meeting that ALL Scout leaders should plane to attend. The structure of this meeting has three parts. First, the opening, greeting, and announcements. Second, the breakout sessions for all divisions of Scouts (Cubs, Troops, Ventures, and Sea Scouts). In the last part, everyone reconvenes for the closing. This structure will be different from time to time and in many areas. Scout leaders who don’t attend are often left out of the loop of information.
Now that we have lost of new families joining our Pack or Troops, existing leadership needs to have a discussion about training. Every adult (moms, dads, uncles, and ants) should set up a free my.scouting.org account and take YPT… ASAP! Later, if they chose to join the leadership of the unit they can attach the membership to the account. Additional training is encouraged to all, not restricted to members only.
Scouts recruitment is year-round. When school starts back up in the fall, its often referred to as the start of the recruiting season. Many districts have a “School Signup Night” organized by the professional staff. This is a signup night only, not a “Back to the Pack”. Packs & Troops need to promote year-round with service opportunities. School orientation day (“Meet the Teacher”), meetings, gatherings or assemblies. There are many recruitment opportunities throughout the year.
Charter Organization Representative (COR’s) is your units connection to the community. Many units don’t even consider a service project for their own. If you’re with a faith organization, think about all of the holidays when they need service. Schools need flag presentations at the PTA meeting. Other community service organizations have many needs. Units will have problems if they’re invisible to there organization that charters them. Talk with your COR and get thinking about all the service opportunities.