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In an official statement released today, the BSA and LDS announce a dissolution of their relationship. LDS will "discontinue its role as a chartered partner with BSA" effective at the end of 2019. A layperson's interpretation of that is "Game Over" between LDS and BSA.
On top of the other major changes to the BSA this year, this is yet another disruptor for us all to prepare for. In my small part of the world, it will have no impact at the unit level, little at the district level, but some at the council level. After all, of the religious in Minnesota, they are about 35% Lutheran and .35% LDS.
Other councils will certainly find significant membership drops.
At the national level, I expect there to be a major drop in membership and philanthropic income which will trickle down through the councils. Maybe opening the membership requirements will help counter the effects. Maybe there are other plans being made at the top. The next year will be interesting to discover how it plays out.
How do you expect this split to affect Scouting where you live? What steps are you taking to prepare for it?
Read the announcement HERE.
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Posted: 21:22 05-08-2018 1341
Get ready to recruit youth of all genders.
The BSA announced a new recruiting campaign to attract all youth. It's called "Scout Me In" and is aimed at reaching girls to join Cub Scouts.
I don't think it's really so "historic" as the BSA news releases are saying since the BSA churns out marketing campaigns often enough. But, I expect we'll see the number of participating girls explode from the current 3,000+ girl Cub Scouts in the early adopter dens to 300,000+ next year.
Bigger news, I think, is the official name change of Boy Scouts to "Scouts BSA" in 2019. The youngest program is still Cub Scouts and Venturing is still Venturing, but the 12-18 year old program is changing to Scouts BSA to remove the obvious "Boy" in the name.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes the country to recognize Scouts BSA as Boy Scouts and not ask, "Is that another competing group to Boy Scouts?"
So, buckle up for another exciting year ahead in the ongoing evolution of Scouting in America!
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Posted: 7:14 05-02-2018 1340
World Challenge Help
I think the 29th Burscough Scout group would be a fun bunch of scouts to visit some day! They have come up with an energetic request to contact other scouts around the world by making a video on Facebook.
This scout group has an active FB page that you might scan through to see some of their recent campouts, cooking, hikes, and such that they have done this spring.
They are located HERE on google maps - if you zoom out a bit, you can see why they used a Beatles song. :-)
If your scouts are interested in connecting with other scouts around the world, check out the Boy Scout Trail PenPals and Postcards features to find scout groups doing the same.
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Posted: 5:44 04-30-2018 1339
Leggings, Capris, Skorts, and Scarves - these are some of the new girl gear items coming to Scouting this year.
With girls joining Cub Scouts, BSA National Supply has been making some clothing updates for the new scouts. You will probably be seeing these items (and more) in your Scout Shop in the not too distant future, and being aware of them might help you recruit more youth into your local program.
- Skorts - skirt and shorts combined, so they look like a skirt but provide coverage during active scouting.
- Scarf - I am interested to see how this fits into the uniform.
- Capris - shorter than long pants, longer than shorts.
- Leggings - tight fitting stretch pants.
It is obvious these new clothing options are intended to make scouting more attractive to girls. Sounds like a good marketing plan to me, especially if there has been feedback that the pants just do not cut it. It will be interesting to see what other "female fashion" accessories show up this year.
Updates to other Scout Shop items are coming, too. #5 in the picture is new colors for Pinewood Derby car wheels. Personally, I do not understand the value in this one, but maybe they go faster than black? Will more colors be available? White wheels would have looked better on my Marshmallow-themed car I made years ago. :-)
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Posted: 12:26 04-27-2018 1338
Webelos Super Achiever
The new Webelos Super Achiever patches have arrived and are available now. A hundred have already been shipped out to folks that pre-ordered them so they will have them well before their Blue Gold event.
Read more about the Webelos Super Achiever award, or buy your super achiever patches before this batch is gone, too.
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