B EST P RACTICES P RESENTATIO N F ORMAT Presenter’s Name: Clayton Ipsen Presenter’s Title: Senior District Executive Council: Sequoia #027 E-mail Address: email@example.com BRIEF OVERVIEW OF PRESENTER’S SERVICE AREA Rural, 60% Hispanic, 10 communities, 2 largest communities have 40,000+ residents. 700 youth and 45 units in district. TOPIC CONTENT In 2004 the Sierra District posted a 25% increase in Cub Scouts in contrast to a nationwide 2% loss in Cub Scout age youth. In order to accomplish this task a comprehensive plan was developed and utilized to increase the number of Cub Scouts in the district. Throughout the year there was an effort to recruit and retain Cub Scouts. Spring recruitments were held between March and May on a unit basis. In June a Tiger Hunt was instituted in an effort to recruit Kindergartners that were becoming 1st graders. From May through August efforts were being made to organize a District wide recruitment effort that would happen on one night. This Fall Recruitment Blitz would help us kick start the Fall Recruitment drive. Following that recruitment and any additional recruitment needed in smaller communities a Cub Scout retention event was held in October. The hope was to give all new and existing youth a positive outdoor Cub Scout experience. Throughout the year efforts were on going to start New Cub Scout Packs in areas where there was no Scouting presence. Overall effectiveness of the Cub Scout Plan was due to volunteer leadership, doing our homework, and maintaining a positive Can Do! attitude. Successful Cub Scout growth translates into an overall successful Scouting program. * For Councils Rechartering end of year. Tiger Hunt Sample Program 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Check-in, Arrival Activity (Frisbee Throw) 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Opening Ceremony i.e. Pledge of Allegiance, Teach basic Cub Scout knowledge, tell why we are there. 10:15 – 12:00 PM Activities Kickball Relay Races Squirt Gun Challenge Obstacle Course 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch 12:30 – 12:50 Fire Dept./Police Dep’t. Demonstration 12:50 – 1:00 PM Closing and “Tiger Cub Hunt” Chase after costumed character for a prize at the end. * For Councils Rechartering end of year. The Cub Scout Plan Timeline *January – February Finish Rechartering units. Have “Low Point” numbers by February 28th. January – December New Unit Organization (on going) March – May Spring Recruitment Opportunities By May 1st Recruit Fall Blitz Chairperson April – August Prepare for Blitz Night – Location, Site Coordinators, Flyers, Press Releases Late of May/Early June Tiger Hunt event (Based on school schedule) July/August Inform Unit Leaders of Blitz Night September Blitz Night (Flyers sent out 2 weeks prior) August/September Follow Up Recruitments October Retention Event (Cub-O-Ree) October – December Follow up with New Units and LDS youth December Relax with 3%+ growth in Cub Scouts * For Councils Rechartering end of year.
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