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BeAScout.org is THE tool for families to find your Scouting unit and register online, so it’s critical to make sure your unit’s BeAScout pin is accurate. Your unit should also enable online registration if it hasn’t already.
Who Can Update Your Unit’s BeAScout Pin?
Your unit’s “key-3:”
– Unit Leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Crew Advisor, or Skipper)
– Unit Committee Chair
– Unit Chartered Organization Representative
Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends not only on having new members join the unit, but also on engaging youth and their families in the unit experiences so that they feel welcomed and want to stay. The role of the New Member Coordinator is to ensure that both keys to success take place.
The New Member Coordinator (NMC) position has been designed to:
– Be a FUN and engaging position.
– Form relationships with new members and their families.
– Use a team approach by encouraging more than one NMC in a unit, allowing them to tailor their work to individual interests/expertise, as well as to recognize the particular needs of the unit.
– Fit every type of unit, every age level and every program.
– Be recruited and supported by key unit leadership.
– Be provided with training both online and face to face.
– Be mentored by the district membership chair and become part of the district membership team.
– Be visible and easily identifiable at unit gatherings by their Welcoming smiles and their BSA “Welcome” logo that they display and wear on an activity shirt, on a hat or vest or in some cases, a pin on a field uniform.
Introduce your new Cub Scouts to the adventure of summer camp and the great outdoors by encouraging them to attend one of the following Fall Fest sessions! The whole family can join us for a fun-filled day of activities at Musser Scout Reservation in Pennsburg, PA from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM!
Activities include: Archery, BB gun shooing, Slingshots, Apple Chuckin’, Giant Lawn Games, BMX Bikes, Bouldering Wall, Crafts, Scout Skills, Science, and MORE family activities!
All units that submit new Cub Scout applications no later than October 31, 2018 by 4:30 PM will receive free Bobcat badges for the newly-recruited Cub Scouts in your pack! Badges will be available for representatives from qualifying packs to pick-up from the Valley Forge Scout Shop:
The Scout Shop will distribute Bobcat badges earned through this incentive until November 15. After that date, badges can be picked-up at the front desk or from your district professional. Transfers and previously-registered Cub Scouts do not qualify for this incentive.
Recognize currently registered Scouts who recruit a friend(s) with a Recruiter Strip for their uniforms. Include any Scouts who recruited a new Scout since July 1, 2018. Submit names of recruiters and the Scouts who were recruited through the online form link below and we’ll get you the patches free of charge! Must submit by November 30, 2018 in order to receive patches. Patches will be mailed to unit leader of record in December. Only registered Cradle of Liberty Council youth are eligible to receive a patch.
See below for a list of item available to reserve, click here to reserve on or more of these items:
– 6′ x 2′ Banners
– 6′ Teardrop Banners
– Table Covers (suitable for 6′ or 8′ tables)
– 10′ x 10′ Pop-Up Tents
Applications accepted until May 31, 2018
For a third year, the Cradle of Liberty Council will be offering the opportunity for units to apply for membership growth grants to support unit recruitment and retention efforts. Interested units should carefully review the following guidelines prior to preparing the application for a membership grant. Download grant guidelines and application here.
– Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships are eligible to apply through their unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, coach, advisor, or skipper) and unit committee chair.
– Grants are to assist with expenses related to membership that might not otherwise qualify for financial assistance.
– Projects must have measurable outcomes.
– Units that have their grant applications approved by the council membership committee will be awarded a maximum of $500 per year.
Priority will be given to projects that:
– Are new initiatives in recruiting and/or retention.
– Emphasize spring and year-round recruitment.
– Focus on the Webelos-to-Scout transition.
– Include collaboration between units.
– Include a financial contribution to the project from the unit (in addition to the council).
Grant funds cannot be used for:
– Membership fees
– Capital purchases
– Recruitment materials already available through the council (fliers, posters, yard signs, etc.).
– Grant money is not given in advance. The unit must complete the project, submit a final report and receipts for all purchases, and comply with deadlines in order to receive the grant.
– The Cradle of Liberty Council provides its units—free of charge—with fliers, posters, yard signs, and other recruitment materials. Contact your district membership chair or professional if you need materials.
Units that are recipients of membership grants must agree to provide summary activity reports at the conclusion of their project (or monthly if it is an ongoing effort) until all awarded funds have been accounted for. No grant money will be released without copies of receipts. All awarded funds must be accounted for and submitted to the council no later than December 7, 2018.
Requests for membership grants must be received by May 31, 2018 for consideration in 2018. Grant recipients will be notified no later than June 29, 2018.