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BSA's Mandatory Report of Child Abuse
All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. No person may abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.
Notify your Scout executive of this report, or of any violation of BSA’s Youth Protection policies, so that he or she may take appropriate action for the safety of our Scouts, make appropriate notifications, and follow-up with investigating agencies.
|OCC Youth Protection Reporting Procedure
Your Membership Committee is ready to help you with new member recruiting; scout retention; pack-to-troop transition; unit formation, health, and rechartering; and community engagement.
Please connect with a committee member at the monthly Roundtable.
Do you like to get out-ahead, but don't mind supporting from behind-the-scenes? Can you glimpse into the future while planted in the present? Are you motivated by goals, but mindful of the means to get there? Can you entertain fresh ideas while respecting tradition? Are you comfortable with numbers and spreadsheets, but care more about people than statistics? Are you passionate about local scouting and want to make it grow? Why not join the Membership Team? There's a place for you here.
Community Relations: Open
Scout Retention/Webelos Transition: Open
Unit Formation/Health/Rechartering: Open
Community Relations: Encourages and assists units to nurture partnerships with their Chartered Organization and community communications outlets, as well as the surrounding institutions, groups, and local businesses for promoting good will and mutual benefit. Examples include Government & Public Safety, Places of Worship, Libraries & Historical Societies, Girl Scout Units, PTOs, Civic Organizations, Environmental & Outdoors Groups, and Social Clubs & Benevolence Societies.
Formation: Considers national, regional, council, and district programs and goals to allocate scouting units across the district. Collaborates with the District Executive and District Commissioner to assure new unit establishment, progress, and stability. Collaborates with Unit Service Commissioners to nurture unit health and to promote on-time, accurate rechartering.
Recruitment: Considers national, regional, council, and district programs and goals to attract new members to scouting. Provides guidance, monitors unit activities, analyzes trends and results, and suggests improvements. Provides support to units as they plan, prepare, run, and close their membership drives.
Retention: Considers national, regional, council, and district programs and goals to retain members year-to-year within their current unit, as well as to assure optimal transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. Closely collaborates with and supports Unit Service Commissioners to assure active unit programming and to promote close communications between packs and troops.
These flyers can be customized as you like for your recruiting event with pack and BSA insignia. Use them has handouts, posters, newspaper ads or inserts, or for electronic display or distribution. Mix and match the themes if you want.
Your standard disclaimer notice can be included on some or all.
Use the Flyer and Roadsign order form to get yours.
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Tug of War
Campfire - Franks
Campfire - Smores
Climbing (Boy Scouts)
Roadsign Mock-ups can be found here. Generally, every Pack should obtain about twelve signs, and use them as (1) Event Welcome and Direction signs, (2) customary Roadside signs, (3) Footpath signs, and (4) Private Lawn signs.
If you want to attach logos or other images to the Footpath signs, use three pieces of shipping tape to cover the graphic. Start taping from the bottom. With the second piece of tape, cover the top-half, slightly overlapping the bottom piece. Finally, add the third piece of tape slightly above the second so that it mostly overlaps it. These three pieces of tape will keep your graphic dry.
Target 2015 is the Seven Rivers District Cub Scout recruitment program designed to regain high levels of membership for all of the district's packs in response to a steadily declining population of eligible youth. With emphasis on Springtime recruiting to attract new Tiger Cubs while supplementing the pack's existing ranks in the Spring and Fall, the program guides Cub Scout packs to plan their recruiting activities based on seasonal factors, format and event effectiveness, a diverse communication network, and active community engagement.
"Pump It Up, Bounce It Around, Slam Dunk" Campaign, and Cub Scout Recruitment Worksheet
|A three-phased approach to increasing recruitment effectiveness: (1) establishing community-wide trust and respect, (2) publicizing your program and your recruitment season, and (3) conducting your Springtime registration event. By increasing effectiveness, Cub Scout packs can overcome the 20% overall decrease of available youth in the Seven Rivers district expected by 2015.|
1a) "Pump It Up" -- Contributing to community events to promote goodwill without any expectation of immediate reciprocation helps to get the recruitment ball rolling.
1b) "The Starting Point" -- The four audiences for "Pump It Up" activities, and why they're important (or not). The success of this work will determine the effectiveness of the recruitment steps that follow.
2a) "Point Guard" -- Publicizing your program through various promotion opportunities and communications channels
2b) "24 Second Clock" -- Advertizing your registration event as the date draws near
3) "Slam Dunk" -- Conducting your registration event in winning fashion.
Cub Scout Recruitment Event Worksheet -- A "fillable" PDF form to communicate with the District and organize the various elements of your recruitment campaign and registration event.
Flyer & Roadsign Request Form & other Resources
The Target 2015 "fillable" Flyer & Roadsign Request Form has arrived. Please download it from this link. You may then save and send the completed form right inside your Adobe Reader 8, 9, or X application. Please submit your request 45 days prior to your registration event.
Also available for download:
The Cub Scout Recruitment Leaders Guide ("The Guide") Version 1
(version 1.5 expected Summer, 2012)
The Cub Scout Recruitment Leaders Kit ("The Worksheet")
(version 1.5 expected Summer, 2012)
The Pack Committee Initial Planning Sheet ("The Plan")
(version 1.5 expected Summer, 2012)
Blue Flame Points
Packs earn points toward Blue Flame Status by building awareness about their upcoming, seasonal registration event.
Four success factors cover the awareness of the District, which is satisfied by submitting Flyer & Roadsign Request Form.
The remaining seven factors cover the Community's awareness through channels such as the Chartered Organization, Partners, local Media Outlets, Community Engagement, and customary collateral such as Flyers and Roadsigns. Some of these are covered by the Request Form, but all are found in "The Guide."
A pack earning 28 Blue Flame Points (80% of the 35 Maximum) can consider itself as "Doing It's Best" to assure a successful, seasonal recruiting drive. Those earning all 35 Points can recruit confidently knowing that they've "used every available resource wisely."
At the end of every Spring and Fall recruiting season, the points will be tallied, and each pack will be acknowledged for its recruiting efforts.
The District Membership Committee will correlate the points to the recruiting results - pack-by-pack, town-by-town, season-after-season, and year-after-year through 2015 in order to improve and tune the Target 2015 Program and its recommendations.
The Woodpile Map
This map represents the seasonal, Cub Scouts new membership recruiting efforts underway within the Seven Rivers District by pack. The more awareness generated by the pack, the "hotter" the flame becomes for the season.
Packs recruiting in the Spring or Fall receive an Orange Flame. Packs that submit a Roadsign & Flyer Request Form on-time receive a slightly larger yellow-and-orange flame. Finally, packs that exhibit at least 28 of the maximum 35 Blue Flame Points, receive the large blue-yellow-orange flame for the season.
For towns using a multi-pack format, many of the 35 maximum points are attributable to ALL packs involved in the multi-pack registration event. Everyone gets full credit for the overall use of Flyers and Roadsigns, for example.
The final version of the map will have a strong resemblance to the new USGS Topographical Map of the district, to represent the "Fire Tower View" of all of the seasonal recruiting activity within the district's eleven towns.
| The "Elevate" Series|
"Succession Planning on Index Cards"
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Please visit the BSA's Improved Webelos Transition site for the latest guidelines and roles.
Please showcase your scouting unit regularly by submitting articles and pictures to your local newspaper. Doing so gets your pack or troop onto the kitchen tables of households throughout your area. When the time is right, your customary recruiting announcements, flyers, and roadsigns will become magnified by the impression you made on interested families throughout the year. Don't hesitate to show your pride in your program.
Print and Electronic Local News Circulation
| Places of Worship*|
| Town|| Name||Sponsor |
| Bellingham|| Bellingham Bible Baptist Church|| |
| Bellingham|| First Baptist Church|| |
| Bellingham|| Saint Blaise RC Church|| P100, T100 |
| Bellingham|| Saint Brendan RC Church|| |
| Foxboro|| Bethany Congregational Church|| P70, T7|
| Foxboro|| Foxboro Seventh Day Adventist Church || |
| Foxboro|| Foxboro Universalist Church|| |
| Foxboro|| Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer|| |
| Foxboro|| Saint Mark Episcopal Church|| |
| Foxboro|| Saint Mary RC Church|| |
| Medway|| Christ Episcopal Church|| @T367|
| Medway|| Medway Community Church|| |
| Medway|| Medway Village Church|| |
| Medway|| Saint Joseph RC Church|| P748|
| The Power of the Town Fair (Ain't where you think it is)|
Created: 09 March 2012 by Bob Tormey
Fortunately, it's a beautiful day. The skies are bright blue, a pleasant breeze whisks all around, and the temperature suggests an attire of t-shirt and shorts. You, however, are dressing in you Class A scout uniform, ready to impress at the annual community fair. Your pack will attend, other packs and troops will be there, and you think: "Today, we will surely attract some new Cub Scouts."
The booth is set in a nice location, other leaders have gathered, your scouts have started an activity, and the crowd starts to build. You feel great about your chances. Your eyes scan the grounds for kindergarten and first grade boys more than for people who you know. "There's some new scouts in there," and you ponder how many you will get to join today.
As the event wraps-up, you find yourself tired from standing all day. The temperature turned out to be a little hotter than you anticipated. You need a little break, but you have a bigger concern. The fair did not produce the number of new scouts that you expected. You spoke to a half-dozen strongly interested families, and the number of potentially interested families is somewhat larger than that. But somehow the weather and the effort at the town-wide event didn't quite produce the kind of result that you wanted.
You were one of many, many dozens of attractions at the fair. For how many of the event-goers were you at or near the top of their list as they decided to attend? About as many as those who expressed strong interest. That's it! The rest were circumstantial or co-incidental - not the best scenario for solidifying your ranks for the upcoming year. You'll do much better at a dedicated scouting registration event, when your attendees have chosen to spend some minutes with you without the distractions of the fair's competing activities and myriads of circulating patrons. The town fair is conducive to family fun, but not to commitment. But it does have a tactical place in your recruiting plans. Here's how to use the occasion for your advantage.
1. Have your signs, flyers, and other materials readily available for viewing and distribution, and actively invite your guests to come to your upcoming registration event. Give a business card to anyone who inquires. You don't have to jot names or follow-up; if they are interested, they will attend at the time and place listed or contact you if they are unable. If they don't appear or you don't hear from them later, they weren't interested enough. Your roadsigns, flyers, newspaper announcements, etc, will reach them many times before sign-up night. If they're curious, you'll bump into your visitors again soon.
2. Have three uniformed leaders in attendance at all times. The first supervises your own scouts. The second greets your guests and shares information with them. The third circulates among all of the OTHER groups participating. Are the Lions, Elks, and Knights there? How about the schools and PTOs? Do the churches have booths? The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can't be very far away. Share news about your upcoming registration and give extra business cards to these groups. Leave them a flyer or two. Learn about their events as well, and consider ways to help each other.
On the hour, the uniformed leaders reconvene, share their updates, and switch roles until you've made contact with all of your community partners present at the fair. You've just widened you recruiting network exponentially. Word-of-mouth at a well attended community event can bring more families to your booth than you could yourself, and your soon-to-be-deployed formal communications about "Sign-up Night" will have a large, more tuned audience awaiting them in the days ahead.
Your occasional wanderings during the day helped your back feel better. You have confidence about a half-dozen or so new members. Your visitors and many other fair attendees have a good sense that a major scouting registration event is coming soon. Your signs, posters, and announcements will be in-place to reinforce the recruiting message and details. You anticipate an impressive turn-out at your own scout registration event. The power of the town fair is now working for you.
Breaking through the Awareness Barrier
Created: 17 March 2012 by Bob Tormey
Imagine for a short while that you have no experience of scouting …
Your temporary amnesia places you on-par with the majority of families in your community who might want to join scouting. They really have little idea of what scouting is about, but they do have some faint awareness that Cub Scouts exist and that they are generally a good thing.
As your memory returns, it seems unfathomable that families have missed you somehow. After all, you dress in highly recognizable uniforms, you're sponsored by a local institution, you march in parades, you perform community service. You're “out there.” Aren’t' you?
Consider that more than half of Cub Scouting activities are performed within the family setting – and often at home. Consider that the next largest set of activities takes place in a den or pack meeting. Dens meet in homes, or perhaps in libraries or schools – but with the door shut to avoid disturbing other groups or activities. Pack meeting are usually attended by people who are already members, and not by the general public. Even some of the “out there” activities are in the woods and on trails, far away from downtown. Believe it or not, most of the time, scouting is hard to spot.
If the candidate families in your community don't see you, then they don't know you, and if they don't know you, then they likely won't join you. Fortunately, getting “out there” doesn't require to “occupy” downtown or anywhere, except …
Your Local Paper.
If your den or pack conducts a community service project, visits the firehouse, leads a flag ceremony, etc., place an article or picture in your local print media (which often have an electronic counterpart). By doing so, your pack may land on the kitchen table of that candidate family, and by glimpsing you in their home, they begin to know you and form an interest in joining. Do this many times per year, and it will be impossible to miss you. Then, post news about your signature Cub Scouting events: Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold Banquet, and Cross-over/Rank Recognition/Graduation, Rocket Day, Chuck Wagon Derby, etc., in the paper as well – complete with smiling faces. As you roll into Spring recruiting season, your audience is now very familiar with you, and will anticipate your registration event when the time finally comes. Your posters and roadsigns will beam more brightly as the opportunity to become involved in all of this scouting excitement arrives.
Getting yourself in the paper breaks through the built-in awareness barrier that can otherwise shield families from knowing you. You can provide them with glimpses every now and then, you can broadcast your big moments, and you can raise the experience of scouting to families who are now eager to join you.