Unit Update 9/1/18

The following is the September 1, 2018 update for all Unit Leaders in the Shawnee Trails District. Please disseminate widely.

Update for All Shawnee Trails Scouters

September 1, 2018 


Recruiting:

Cortland Boles gave an update on recruitment. Shawnee Trails is leading the Council in recruitment for 2018 with 361 youth recruited. Shawnee Trails is 36 youth ahead of last year’s recruitment totals. The next closest recruiting district is Iron Horse with 242 youth recruited this year. Thank you Commissioners for your involvement with these packs. Now is the time to dig in with positive contacts so the Packs can have your insights and experience as they get the program year kicked off with enthusiasm and fun in mind. Below, you will see the recent guidance sent to school buildings with regard to our access to students:

GUIDANCE ON OUTSIDE GROUPS 

Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts may post signs on school grounds advertising an after school information meeting, post flyers to PeachJar, and leave paper fliers to be distributed if schools have an organized system to distribute to students (i.e. Friday Folder, etc.). When outside groups want to invite students/parents to information sessions, they are to be scheduled outside of the school day. The principal may work with groups to schedule meetings after school, but all meetings after 5:00 must work through the district facilities process to reserve space.


Youth Protection Update:

Too many of our adult leaders have not completed their New Youth Protection Training. The specifics are included in the link. We have to do better at this! Please direct all leaders to make the final push in their Unit. This is important. 

Giant Push for YPT 2: https://wp.me/p7baZC-nv


Training Changes for Direct Contact Leaders:

The U91 (Scouter Reserve) designation is being eliminated. All leaders who have direct contact with youth must be Position Specific Trained. This is a major change which will have rechartering implications. Please make certain that every direct contact leader is position specific trained. This is equally important. See the link below for more specifics. 

Direct Contact Training Changes: https://wp.me/p7baZC-ny


University of Scouting:

Registration for the University of Scouting is now open. Lots of great training and program advice. Good for all leaders. 

University of Scouting Registration: https://www.hoac-bsa.org/university-of-scouting


Camping:

The camping committee formed a sub-committee to explore how girls in Scouts BSA would camp in 2019. The committee is still in process of coming up with a final recommendation. Reminder: Feb. 1 2019 is the kick off for the new Scouts BSA which includes both buy and girls in our scouting ranks. 


Unit Service Plans for September 2018:

  • Detailed Unit Assessments for Shawnee Trails Packs
  • Visit the Cub Scout Family Campout
  • Continue Fall Recruitment
  • Distribute the District Commissioner Minute

Here you can find the Monthly Service Plans https://wp.me/p9uFKq-5R


Roundtable:

Roundtable occurs the first Thursday of every month at 7PM at Shawnee United Methodist Church

At September Roundtable:

  • Tribute to Patrick Rohrer
  • Popcorn update
  • Games to help teach youth leadership
  • Recruitment, Retention and Engaging New Leaders
  • YPT2 in-person training

At October Roundtable:

  • Starting to talk recharter
  • SPL Reception and Activities with their Scoutmasters
  • Den Chief Reception, new games and songs and how to work with adult Cub Leaders

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