BSA National Update (Part 2)
Fri, 19 May 1995 06:07:09 -0400
Part 2 - BSA National Update from Mike McDonald
*Scouting in the news insert
National has inserted in Pro Speak clipping from newspaper
from all over the nation that show Scouting in a positive
light. Interesting reading.
*An Article about the Sam Houston Area Council's Whitney
Young Jr. Service Award Dinner - the award recipient was
Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee. The Whitney Young Jr.
award was created by the BSA in 1978 to honor Whitney M.
Young Jr. a civil rights spokesman and executive director
of the Urban League from 1961 - 1971. Nominations are made
by the local council for adults who have made a major
contribution to bringing Scouting to low-income youth.
Applications are processed by the National Office - Urban
and Rural Field Service.
*The Urban Emphasis committee of the national office
evaluates the first year of "Operation First Class." After
a year of working with councils to develop or expand
programs that will help bring Scouting to inner-city
neighborhoods and low-income areas things are going well.
Four recommendations are offered to improve things:
1) Enhance marketing efforts to penetrate even more
urban communities, especially the Asian Community.
2) Involve the task force in the developing and
planning of future marketing material.
3) Distribute "best methods" materials for use by all
4) Increase Scouting in housing developments, and how
programs in public housing are of value to youth
*Cub Training stats:
Nationally 25.1% of all Cub leaders have completed both
fast start and basic training. A slight increase over
23.1 last year. The best councils in the country range
from 38.7 to 49.1 of Cub leaders trained.
*Council Packet - April 13th, 1995
* Commissioner's Newsletter for Spring 1995
* How Commissioners impact unit growth. With an emphasis
on traditional unit growth - the number of Commissioners
we have must keep pace to make sure the job of unit
service gets done. New unit organization needs to have
commissioners involved from day one. Good news: the
number of dropped units is down.
*The BSA has recharted 80.2% of all units in 1994,
vs. 79.5% in 1993, 78.3% in 1992, 78.0 in 1991, and
74.79 in 1990. We had 12497 dropped units in 1994, vs.
12497 in 1993, 15005 in 1992, 16500 in 1991.
*Service dates: May - troop uniform inspection, August -
Unit program planning.
*Commissioner Service as of 12/31/94
# of # of # need
Region Units Commissioners to recruit
---------- ------- -------------- ------------
Northeast 23412 5745 2059
Southern 35255 7667 4085
Central 29630 8389 1488
Western 36924 9183 3125
NATIONAL 125221 30984 10757
*Reminder about the New Lone Scout Friend and Counselor
*Job description and notes about the duty of a lone Scout
*Council Packet - May 5th, 1995
* A new logo and new promotional material is being developed
for the World Friendship fund. The fund is a program that
the BSA uses support Scouting in other nations (usually with
direct cash donations to support a developing national
Scouting program.) The international division of the BSA has
materials available for summercamp use and campfire
* Exploring Magazine is available in bulk order for use during
recruitment drives or other programs. Cost: $22.00 per 100.
* Boy's Life: National Report:
Region: 1995 vs. 1994
--------- ------- --------
Northeast 48.3 +.5
Southern 46.9 +.1
Central 46.8 +.8
Western 35.5 -.3
TOTAL 44.6 +.2
*Supply Division Update: May 1995
*1996 Cub Scout/Webelos Program Helps #34302
*Exploring Communication Program Help #34642 $5.00
*18th World Jamboree Flag $198.00
*Fire Safety Merit Badge Pamphlet #33318 (name change and
major revisions) $1.85
*Highlights of District Volunteer recruiting (revision)
*Law Enforcement Exploring Uniform Bars:
National Explorer Academy Attendance: #04034 $.68
National Conference Attendance: #04030 $.68
Eagle Scout Rank Bar: #04036 $.68
*My Scout Advancement Trail #33424 $.95
*Rappelling Venture Pamphlet - revised #33469 $3.15
*OA Sweatshirt (from $48.95 to $61.75 depending on size)
*Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Pamphlet: revised
*Woodbadge Neckerchief (new extra large size) #02213
*Merit Badge Counselor orientation circular - revised
*New or Redesigned Council Patches:
Ozark Trails, MO #16903 $2.30
Old North State, NC #16970 $1.90
Lake Huron Area Council, MI, 16865 $2.50
Mike McDonald | Exploring Executive &
SCOUTPRO@TIAC.NET | Inner-City District Executive
| Mohegan Council, Worcester, MA
| Boy Scouts of America
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are just that, my opinions. Statements
about Scouting policy are based on the most current information
I have available, and I document my sources if asked nicely.
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