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A Message from the Scout Executive

January 9, 2012

It’s a New Year

Have you set any Scouting goals for yourself in 2012? Have you set any goals for your unit?

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions such as “no more eating candy and ice cream in 2012” because I usually have disappointed myself by the middle of January. However, I do like to set personal and professional goals for the year and then try to bite a piece of the goal off a day/week/month at a time.

Here are a few ideas for you to ponder for yourself or your unit.

Do you offer a summer camp experience for your Scouts? The strongest memories of time spent in Scouting almost always focus on Summer Camp. When you and I were Scouts they didn’t even allow us to go camping until we were in a Boy Scout Troop. Nowadays Cub Scout Packs can sign up for resident camp and/or day camp. Studies show that the best way to keep kids in Scouting is to get them to Summer Camp. One week of summer camp can equal a weeks worth of Pack and Troop meetings.

When is the last time you went to training? Some of us have never been. Some of us serve on staff a lot, but haven’t actually taken a course in years. Make a point to mark your calendar to attend to a training course. It’s tons of fun and every Cub  Scout, Boy Scout and Venturer deserves a trained leader.

Are the kids in your unit having fun? Sometimes we can get in a rut when planning our yearly events. We look at last year’s calendar and do the same old thing. Mix it up a little bit. Seek the input of the Scouts in your Pack. Let the boys decide what to do in your Troop or Crew. When you try different things it’s fun and exciting for the kids… and you too.

When is the last time you did something different in Scouting? Change up your volunteer routine a little bit. If you are a unit leader… Have you ever served as a unit commissioner? Ever worked on a district camporee committee? Taught a session at a roundtable? If you serve on the district… When is the last time you worked directly with the kids at a den or troop meeting? I think change is invigorating and helps us see things in a different light.

The Scouting goals you set for 2012 should be ambitious. Can you think of a better cause than the Boy Scouts of America to commit yourself to? I can’t. Thank you for everything you set out to do for Scouting in 2012.

Eric A. Magendantz

Scout Executive

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