Retain Your Scouts! Keep Scouting Fun! Westchester-Putnam Council Best Wood Badge Course N7–388–11–2 Beaver Patrol What are we trying to do? •Trying to build confident and conscientious adults •Keep youth inspired and eager •Build strong program for all ages •Boy lead but parent sponsored How you might do it? The old-fashioned way How do Scouts learn? 1. By example 2. By their own personal accomplishments – Setting goals – Persevering – Meeting those goals 3. By recognition of those accomplishments How do adults help? • • • • • We are conscientious We strive to be civic minded We teach what we know We give Scouts challenges We recognize Scouts when they meet those challenges The Cub Scout Years Ideas for Retention Meetings and Activities require PLANNING » Scout Basics – Sign, Salute, Handshake » Requirements and Achievements by Rank » Ceremonies Ideas for Retention Meetings and Activities require PLANNING » Hands-On Activities » Local Field Trips » Scrapbook/Historian Ideas for Retention Meetings and Activities require PLANNING » Pinewood Derby Ideas for Retention Meetings and Activities require PLANNING » Summer Camp » Arrow of Light/Bridging The Boy Scout Years •Scout Instructors and Guides run TT program with Adult mentors •First campout and Troop meetings = Tenderfoot TRAIL TO FIRST CLASS AND STAR First Class Activities Camping Cooking Knots Nature Swimming First Aid Citizenship Safety Map/Compass Position in Troop + Four Summer Camp Merit Badges that Include First Aid and Swimming + Family /Citizenship Gets You a Star! Ready to think about Eagle HIGH ADVENTURE THE BIG TRIP PHILMONT SEABASE NORTHERN TIER SUMMIT BASE CATSKILLS ADIRONDACKS WHITE MTNS APPALACHIAN TRAIL Keeping Your Stars Senior Leaders of the Troop New Challenges Monthly Campouts All events are posted on the Troop’s website calendar Early sign-up really helps District Events 3 per year Trek-O-Ree (November) Klondike (in January) Spring Camporee (April/May) School Breaks Winter Winter cabin campout—E.g., Durland, Read, AMC and ADK cabins in NY and NH Spring Backpacking Memorial Day Weekend Family Campout helps with Tenderfoot training and building Troop camraderie Summer Camp Summer Camp (first two weeks in July) Week-long treks for Scouts 13 and older Troop Events • Organized by Patrol • Planned at monthly Greenbar meetings Patrol Leaders (or their assistants) Plan and run their patrol • Assign duties to patrol members • Prepare duty roster Patrol Leader Parents Help implement the plan • Help with food purchases • Organize carpooling Rules of the Road for Adults Here’s what to ask from adults: Be Conscientious •Touch base with your scout. How he is advancing? •Be on time for pickup and drop-off •Make sure they are in uniform •Bring their books and a pen •Help them focus on personal goals Be Civic Minded •Help your Scout leaders •Use the troop website •Sign up early •Pay for dues and events in a timely fashion •Follow the Rules Volunteer to Teach What You Know •Register as an adult—it’s easy!!! •Get trained—Youth Protection—it’s Free! •Teach a course •Be a merit badge counselor of Patrol mentor •Whatever… Recognize Your Scout’s Accomplishments •Court of Honor •Reinforcing their achievements Community Service Trail to Eagle (Requirements) Progression to First Class • Basic Scout Skills • Participation in 10 or more troop events Star Scout • 4 months active participation after 1st class • 6 merit badges (including 4 of the 21 required for Eagle) • Service project (6 hrs) • Leadership position in troop 3. Life Scout • 6 months active participation after Star • 5 additional merit badges (including 3 additional of the 21 required for Eagle) • Service project (6 hrs) • Leadership position • Teach younger Scouts skills 4. Eagle Scout • 6 months active participation after Life • 10 additional merit badges (21 merit badges total including all Eagle required badges) • Eagle project • Leadership position Palm Awards • 3 months active participation after Eagle • 5 additional merit badges The Process •Scoutmaster conference •Board of Review •Troop advancement chairman Court of Honor 3 times per year •October •February •June Separate Eagle Court of Honor The Venturing Years What is Venturing? --An Overview-•Co-ed program for Youth ages 14-21 •Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities and is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens. •Offers a broad range of opportunities for youth while still following the tenets of traditional Scouting GOALS OF VENTURING Goals Young adults involved in Venturing will: -Learn to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling the values in the Venturing Oath and Code. -Experience a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure. -Become a skilled training and program resource for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other groups. -Acquire skills in the areas of high adventure, sports, arts and hobbies, religious life, or Sea Scouting. -Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles. -Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment SEA SCOUTS “Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members' boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage.” Sea Scout Ships focus on sailing and cruising either sailboats or power vessels. During the boating seasons, Sea Scouts learn to maintain and operate then vessel, with a focus on learning the safe and proper methods of handling boats. Sea Scouts also learn the meaning of buoys and lights, how to take advantage of wind and tide, and how to drop anchor or approach a dock. Most ships hold formal meetings conducted in either full dress of work uniforms. Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and CPR courses are taught by the officers or outside aides. ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES -Bronze, Gold, and Silver Awards -Ranger Award -SeaScout Quartermaster Award -Quest Award -Venturing Leadership Award The Pay Off? Something they can carry with them their entire lives: • Confident • Conscientious • Well-rounded adults Thanks!