Good, Better, Best

How your Unit can move from “Good” to “Best”!

For the past 106 years, the Boy Scouts of America have been knocking the program side of Scouting out of the park.  We have a great outdoor program, we encourage adventure, we take kids on week long adventures through our Summer Camping program and Unit High Adventure. We encourage Scouts to try their hand at white water rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, stand-up paddle boarding, SCUBA diving, and just about any other high adventure activity we can think of.

Truly, when you ask a young person about their memories of Scouting, they will regale you with tales of hikes, camp outs, times they tempted death, their advancement path, what they did for their Eagle Project or Silver Award Project, and their experience at Summer Camp, Jamboree, or other high adventure base.

What they don’t regale you with are tales of the administrative side of Scouting.  The youth won’t tell you about their adventures in filing tour permits, filling out advancement reports, tracking the membership growth of the unit, logging the unit’s service hours, making their summer camp plans, putting together the payment schedule for camp, figuring out who will be hauling the youth to camp, planning and executing the unit fundraiser, and the list keeps going and going.

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Myths surrounding Friends of Scouting (FOS). Why give?

 

My last post seemed to ruffle some feathers; and so with over 400 plus views, I thought I would attempt to take on another controversial issue, Friends of Scouting.  Now, before you start laughing, I know! FOS, the words that strike fear into the heart of any and all volunteers. Such a bad 4-letter word they had to make it only 3. I have heard them all.

My goal here is attempt, in some small measure, to dispel some of the rumors, misinformation, and falsehoods that exist around FOS. Specifically, I want to take on 3 myths about FOS.

  1. Friends of Scouting dollars just go to pay for the National BSA.
  2. Friends of Scouting dollars pay for big inflated salaries of professionals.
  3. “I would rather give to my local unit, that way I know the money is being well spent.”

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JTE. Why?

 

How is your Unit doing?

Question. If you were lost and didn’t know how to get to your desired destination, what would you do?  (By the way, there is no GPS, compass, or cell phones with a map app.) What if someone gave you a map that would help you figure out where you were, show you where your destination was, and then laid out a plan for you to get from point A to point B?

What would you say if I told you that there is a road map for your unit that would help your unit be successful? Would you be interested? Would you care? Would you use it?

What does success look like? How do we know that the program we are providing the boys is the best quality program possible?  If we look, and our unit isn’t the best it can be, how do we identify the steps we need to take to improve.  After all, our boy’s deserve the BEST we can offer.

The answer to all these questions is the Journey To Excellence (JTE) system.  JTE is a road map and a yearly planning guide to help every unit make small and systematic improvements so that boys have the best Scouting experience possible.

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