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.
Continue reading “Good, Better, Best”
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.
- Friends of Scouting dollars just go to pay for the National BSA.
- Friends of Scouting dollars pay for big inflated salaries of professionals.
- “I would rather give to my local unit, that way I know the money is being well spent.”
Continue reading “Myths surrounding Friends of Scouting (FOS). Why give?”
I had a run in with a unit this week, that to tell you the truth, REALLY ticked me off. It all stemmed around this particular person’s opinion about the LDS Church and its relationship with Scouting. According to this person, things would only get better with Scouting and the LDS Church, once the Church decided to pull out of Scouting.
Now, I know this isn’t a onetime occurrence, and there are probably many who feel the same way this person does; but if I might be so bold. Those people who think that way haven’t got clue one, why the LDS Church is even in Scouting, in the first place.
That is the angry upset side of me speaking, the more logical side would argue 3 points to counter this well intended member’s opinion. Continue reading “WHY the LDS Church is in Scouting”