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Will Rogers District Newsletter
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T HE W ILL R OGERS G ALLOP
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
FA L L RO UN D U P’ S S TI LL G O IN G
BSA Mission 2
Adult Awards 3
With schools open, everything is
getting back to normal after an
Training 4 active summer. NOW is the time to
get serious about getting your unit
Special Needs Scouts 5 back on a regular schedule. First,
let’s make the great Scouting ad-
Fact or Fiction 6 venture available to all youth and
families in your chartering organi-
zation and neighborhood.
District Award Form 7
Plan the best Join night meeting
Generation X 8 possible. Promote it through flyers,
posters, yard signs, your school or
church’s newsletters and, most of
all, by having your boys invite a
friend. Your unit commissioner
should be invited to help, plus the
Special points of inter- district membership team is avail-
able to help. Make it a big event
est: aimed at showing how great your
unit is. After the event (which
• Recruiting Unit Leaders should be held by the end of Octo-
ber) turn in all youth and adult Help give every boy the chance to discover Scouting!
• IRS Form 990-N applications and fees immediately
so your annual Rechartering will
list all new members on its roster. Make sure that your flyers get to all 31st. Unit leaders will be needed to
• Water Safety Guide Then get all new adults to attend prospects and that you publicize attend school nights and help with
training. your sign up date well in advance registration and recruiting.
• Day Camp Coordinators so all interested boys and parents
The council has many new materi- can attend. Recruitment of adults is Units should set a goal of recruiting
• Webelos Bridging als to help your unit recruit as just as important as signing up the at least one new boy for every five
many boys as possible. These ma- youth so pay particular attention to boys already in the unit to earn the
• MyScouting terials include; flyers, posters, yard that aspect. Follow up all loose council’s new recruiting award.
signs, invitations, stickers, and ends and be prepared to turn in all The race is on to make this year’s
parent pamphlets. Brian Spall can applications and fees as soon as fall roundup a huge success.
• Recharter Coming help you schedule boy talks for possible. Applications and fees Let’s make the great Scouting
each pack. must be received before October adventure available to all youth.
• Membership Inventories
• Troop Recruiting
• Brian’s Corner
Be a Recruiter– Earn a Prize– Here’s How
There is something special meeting or your school night ing application for a new scout
about business cards and open house. Every Scout who he could be entered into a
Scouts love to pass them out to gets one card returned with a drawing for a Unit Grand Prize,
friends. Scout leaders can make joining application for a new perhaps a Nintendo Wii or a
the cards on their home com- scout should receive a Re- sleeping bag? It’s up to the
puter by just buying some busi- cruiter patch, three cards could unit leadership to motivate
ness card stock. Your Scout earn him a cool prize that the their Scouts to recruit and giv-
can use it to invite a friend unit might provide, and for ing the boys an award is a great
who is not a Scout to your next every card returned with a join- motivator.
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What’s the Mission Statement of the
Today most businesses or or- and moral choices over their ent.” We don’t just say the
ganizations have a mission lifetimes by instilling in them words, we walk the walk.
statement of the objectives they the values of the Scout Oath
try to accomplish. and Scout Law.” If your son grows up with
“The mission of the Boy So when our Scouts recite the these values along with the
Scouts of America is to prepare Scout Promise: “On my adults of strong character who
young people to make ethical honor, I will do my best, to do oversee the activities of his
my duty, to God and my Troop or Pack, it’s very diffi-
country and to obey the cult to ever experience disap-
Scout Law; to help other pointment in his behavior.
Your FOS Dollars “At Work” people at all times; to Everyone makes mistakes but
keep myself physically Scouts make decisions predi-
Just To Name A Few… strong, mentally awake, cated on these values. It’s not
• Medical and Liability and morally straight.” a conscious decision, it’s one
Insurance that has been ingrained thru
And the Scout Law:
• Learning For Life and their youth experience in
“A Scout is trustworthy,
Scoutreach Programs Scouting.
loyal helpful, friendly,
• Camp and Uniform
courteous, kind, obedi-
Scholarships Every boy deserves a chance to
ent, cheerful, thrifty,
• Youth and Adult Training Honor, Integrity, Commitment be a Scout, recruit one today!
brave, clean, and rever-
• Advancement Records
• Scouting for Food
• Special Activities
• Cub and Family Camps
• Flyers and Manuals Recruiting & Retaining Unit Leaders… An Essential and On-Going
• Service Center and Process
• Unit Fall Packets
Experienced unit leaders are move on in the Scouting pro- volved with your unit. Our
• Scouter Newsletter
always thinking about their gram. youth need willing leaders.
• Webelos Woods
“leadership pipeline” in the
• Awards and Recognition
Scouting program. As adult Consider asking prospective
leaders move from positions adult volunteers to help lead,
• Program and Camp
in Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy perhaps with a very short-term
Scouts and Venturing these task that is enjoyable, and offer
• Office and Camp Staffs
leaders can help themselves support. This will help new,
and their unit by recruiting prospective leaders take on
their replacement early on and leadership positions gradually
before they (and their son) and will likely keep them in-
Scout Camp-In at the Science Museum
Always one of the most fun Scout 2008 University of Scouting
events is the camp-in at the former
Omniplex Center. The first date this
year is Friday, November 7th, with the
registration deadline on October 31st What’s the best way to get School located on NW 50th at www.lastfrontiercouncil.org
for Cubs and December 5th for Boy training quickly and be in- Ann Arbor. This is between Hopefully you will be able to
Scouts. Costs are $30 per youth and volved as a contributing parent Meridian and registering for this
$15 per adult parent. This covers to your Pack or Troop? Macarthur. event and pay
workshop materials, planetarium, and online. If not,
It’s the 2008 University of A copy of the
breakfast. If you want to attend the come by the Scout
dome show, add $5 more. Registra- Scouting. This event is a classes that are
Council wide training day that currently set for Program office
tions are limited to the first 500 partici-
pants. Webelos have the choice of will offer many diverse classes your conven- and sign up.
earning 4 badges toward their ranks, to train new and current parents ience will soon
while Boy Scouts will have 5 merit and leaders. be on the coun- Have fun at this
badges available to work toward. The cils website, years University
Boy Scout camp-in is set for Friday,
The date for this is November
1st and the location will be held of Scouting!
December 6th. You can register the Back to School for One More Day
same way. at Putnam City (Original) High
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LOCAL BSA UNIT FEDERAL REPORTING Outdoor Skills Training will be
offered on October 25th & 26th and
REQUIREMENT REGARDING IRS FORM 990-N again on November 15th & 16th at
As you may know, the IRS has remain unchanged from last separate federal 501(c)(3) tax- This is open to the FIRST 36 reg-
introduced a new, abbreviated year. For most units, no filing exempt status with the IRS. istered adult leaders (18 or older)
filing for small tax-exempt is required. who are, or will be, involved in
organizations with annual gross These units receive little or no Troop Operations (Cub Leaders
receipts of less than $25,000: The only exception is for the benefits in return for the in- included).
Form 990-N. very small number of units creased cost, compliance, and Learn to perform the outdoor skills
that have filed for separate, complexities of receiving and of hiking and camping programs.
The Boy Scouts of America federal tax-exempt status maintaining their status as Skills include Orienteering (map &
National Office has received under Section 501(c)(3) of the stand-alone, incorporated enti- compass), Pioneering, Woods
questions about whether this Internal Revenue Code. ties. Tools, Fire Building, Back Pack-
new filing applies to Cub Scout ing, Cooking with Dutch Ovens
Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Ven- Those units most file either For questions, please contact and much more
turing Crews, and other Units, Form 990-N (if their annual your local Council or the The course begins at 8:00 AM on
and has consulted the IRS and gross receipts were less than BSA’s Finance Support Divi- Saturday and ends about 5:30 PM
outside counsel about it. $25,000) or the more detailed sion at on Sunday.
Form 990 or 990 EZ (if annual firstname.lastname@example.org.
In their opinion, most Scout gross receipts were $25,000 or You may register at the Gaylord
units do not have to file the more). These forms may be Scout Service Center or by calling
new Form 990-N. Your unit found at www.irs.gov. We Jim Mustoe at 329-4340, jmus-
filing requirements will likely continue to strongly discourage email@example.com
units from filing for their own, Cost for the entire weekend is
NEW RIPPLES IN WATER SAFETY
Don’t let your Scouts take the aquatics committees, provides teaching prevention, recogni-
plunge without reading and support to unit leaders so they tion, and response to water-
referencing New Leaders’ have the training and resources related emergencies; and
Guide to BSA Aquatics. necessary to supervise swim- “Paddle Craft Safety,” offering
ming and boating activities, assessment tools for individu-
In Aquatics Supervision: A and gives direction for dispens- als supervising canoe or kayak
Leader’s Guide to Youth Swim- ing special aquatics awards float trips. The guide, BSA No.
ming and Boating Activities, such as Snorkeling BSA and 34346, also instructs volun- Water Safety Training is
serves as an invaluable re- Boardsailing BSA. The eight- teers who are trained by other
source for learning the roles hour courses include Swim- agencies, including the Ameri-
Required before your Scouts go
and responsibilities of council ming and Water Rescue”; can Red Cross. into the water!~
A WA R D N O M I N A T I O N S A R E B E I N G A C C E P T E D
Our District Banquet is sched- Please fill it out exceptional char-
uled for Saturday, March 7th, and turn it in by acter to young
2009. This is a very special the December people. Nomina-
event to celebrate our 2008 Roundtable. tions for Silver
Scouting year. Presentations of SILVER BEA- Beaver award
the Quality Unit Award, Sum- VER AWARD must be received
mertime Unit Awards, Camp- The Council in writing no later
ing Awards, Veterans Awards, may award the than December
Training Awards and District Silver Beaver to Silver Beaver Award
31, 2008. If you
Award of Merit will be pre- registered adult have someone you
sented. Make sure that you Scouters, within wish to recom-
make plans to attend. On Page the territory under the jurisdic- mend, please obtain an applica-
7, you will find the District tion of the local Council for tion from your District Executive
award nominations form. their noteworthy service of or the Council Service Center.
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Every Boy Deserves A Trained Leader
Scouting is an educational ship and citizenship, camping
program specifically designed programs and activities. Not Next you would attend the New
to develop men and women of only that, but boys, parents and Leader Essentials Training,
good character. It is subtle, yet leaders have more fun when which lasts approximately 1-
simple. Trained leaders learn packs, dens, troops and crews 1/2 hours and the Den Leader
how to lead youth in a variety are lead by trained people. So Specific Training, which lasts
Who Benefits of character building, leader- how does this work? If, for about 3 hours. At completion
example, you have been of these sessions, you would be
When parents help their Scouts sell
popcorn, they are eliminating their
recruited as a new den a trained leader. If you were a
out -of-pocket expenses otherwise leader, you might wish to new troop committee person or
needed to help pay for their child’s go to the council website chairperson, you would start
Scouting activities. at www.myscouting.org with Fast Start and then attend
and click on the Cub the New Leader Essentials
♦ Since 70% of the money stays Scout Fast Start Pro- Training and the Troop Com-
local, more of the money earned is gram. This gets you mittee Challenge. Scoutmasters
going to help YOUR Scout’s Coun- started and ready to start and assistant Scoutmasters
cil and Unit.
meeting with the boys would start with Fast Start,
♦ The popcorn sales event teaches
Scouts to set and work toward goals, and takes only about an attend New Leader Essentials
commit to a specific task, manage hour. Fast Start tapes are Training, one 2-1/2 hour
money, take responsibility, and earn also available at the Leader Specific session and
their own way. The Mark of a Trained Leader Council Office. one Outdoor Skills training.
Take Order Selling - Scouts go Recruit Your Cub Scout Summer Camp Coordinators Now!
door to door with their parents and
ask their neighbors if they are inter-
ested in purchasing, and they fill out
the order sheet. Then they deliver With summer camping plans camping program experiences.
the products and collect the money. under way, Cub Scout packs Our first camp coordinator
Please ensure orders are filled out
correctly so popcorn can be deliv-
are asked to recruit a camping meeting will be February 5th,
ered as ordered. coordinator with whom the 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the district
Sell popcorn outside storefronts - district staff can contact regard- committee meeting (located at
Once the retailer or business gives ing camping dates, locations, 4th & Elm in Yukon), where
permission, sell the popcorn to anticipated youth attendance details for Day Camp and Fam-
customers. This is a good way to and any special unit needs. The ily Camp will be presented.
sell remaining products after the district uses this information to
take order sales. make sure that all units are
Have mom and dad sell at
participating in major summer
work - Mom and dad can
help out too by taking an order
form to work. Coworkers like help-
ing with fundraisers.
Webelos Bridging to Scout Troops: Tradition Continues
Webelos are preparing to make need to be on hand to greet event is called the Will Roger’s
the traditional bridge crossing these new Boy Scouts into their Gallop and Steve Greggs has
into Boy Scout Troops. The troops. volunteered to
bridging ceremony concludes lead this years
the Cub Scouting program for A bridging cere- camp. We had
second year Webelos and mony will also 500 Scouts and
opens up endless opportunities occur at our parents at our last
as a member of a Boy Scout annual district years camp, and
Troop. camporee/ cubo- we hope to see
ree which is more this year.
Scoutmasters are reminded that scheduled for
many Cub Scout Packs hold March 13-15, See you at the
their bridging ceremonies dur- 2009 at Camp Bridge Crossing into a Troop bridge...
ing February and March and Kickapoo. This
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Disabled/Special Needs Scouts Order of the Ar-
row Fall Fellow-
BSA policy has always been to able through the council and
treat members with disabilities on the Application for Alter-
and special needs as much like nate Eagle Scout Rank Merit The date is October 24-26th at
Slippery Falls Scout Ranch.
other members as possible, but Badges, No. 58-730.
councils may make accommo-
dations in advancement re- A Scout may also request This is the time you can progress
toward your Brotherhood sash if
quirements, if necessary. changes in the Tenderfoot, you’ve been an Ordeal member for
Second Class, and First 18 months.
A Scout with a permanent Class ranks. The council
physical or mental disability advancement committee The Brotherhood ceremony is a
may select an alternate merit must approve the applica- very meaningful experience—not
badge in lieu of a required tion. difficult or scary. So please con-
merit badge if his disabling Every Scout is Special tact Paul Henderson if your would
condition prohibits the Scout NEW EAGLE APPLICA- like to participate in the Brother-
from completing the necessary TION as well as the grand total of hood ceremony. Paul’s phone
requirements of a particular The new printing of the Eagle hours devoted to it (from page number is 405.265.1129 or email
required merit badge. This Scout Rank Application, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 of the Eagle Scout Leader-
substitute should provide a No. 58-728, has a notable ship Project Workbook). The
“similar learning experience.” change. Now, under Require- new application was required The fellowship fee is $20.00 and
Complete guidelines are avail- ment 5, the name of the candi- beginning May 1, 2008. you must register by October 21st
or there is a $3.00 late fee.
date’s Eagle project is required,
Go to Slippery Falls for FREE!
Beginning October 1st, the Last Fron-
tier Council has revived their post-Fall
Have you activated your MyScout- for unit renewal. to help keep your Boy Scout recruitment drive by offer-
ing Account yet? My Scouting is Internet Advancement - Units BSA records accurate. Other fea- ing an incentive for peer to peer re-
an exciting NEW resource that will may submit their youth tures, such as applying for tour cruitment.
be a portal for BSA members to member ranks and awards here in permits for your unit will be avail- This means that if a Troop recruits 3
access the following Scouting the future. able in the future. The portal is new (not Webelos) scouts, they receive
resources: Event Registrations - Registra- reached by going to an all expenses paid free campership
E-Learning Training - You tion for National events www.scouting.org home page from the LFC. If you recruit 5, you
may take a selection of online such as the 2010 National Jambo- and clicking on the MyScouting receive 2 free camperships. This offer
training courses for credit and view ree will be available here. link. will continue until November 30, 2008
your online training history. You will also be able to be able to and is only for Boy Scout Troops.
Rechartering - Internet Rechar- manage your account, and update Scouting is on the web, we hope
tering will be available or correct your records at any time, you enjoy it. Remember, transferring Webelos are
not considered new Scouts and will not
count toward this offer. They must be
new to Scouting or not on the current
GET READY FOR R E C H A RT E R N OW ! roster.
Just an FYI. Recharter packets obtain the scheduled to re-
will come out soon and we proper signa- charter. Most
need to communicate with our tures, and for- Troops recharter
Unit Commissioners during ward the paper- in January, as do
this process. This year we need work, any new most Packs.
to make sure that all of the applications, and
charters are done effectively the money to the Last year, rechar-
and that we do not lose youth Council Service tering was not
on them because we have not Center. Please Recharter ON TIME! well done in our
called them. We are once again district, let’s do it
using Internet Rechartering. All recharter right and get it
Remember, after you finish the paperwork and done on TIME!
online process you must print monies are due on the last day
out the recharter-application, of the month that you are
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The BSA Centennial Celebration and limiting membership to American 1923
The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its citizens. • The international left handclasp was adopted.
Centennial in 2010. As we move toward the time • An act of Congress, June 3, authorized a Scout • Patrol leader conferences and training courses for
of celebration, please enjoy a history of our or- uniform similar to the Army, Navy, Scout leaders were developed. The Laura Spelman
ganization. Each Digest will feature 20 years of or Marine uniform. Rockefeller Memorial Fund advanced $100,000 for
Scouting. In addition, watch for upcoming infor- • The Constitution and Bylaws were adopted. . the promotion of Boys’ Life.
mation on the many activities which will be held • Scouting in rural areas emphasized • The Bureau of Church Relations was established at
to celebrate our centennial. Pioneer Scouts (later Lone Scouts). the national office.
1910 • A Department of Camping was established at the 1924
• The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on national office to help local councils maintain camp- • The Every Scout a Swimmer program was inaugu-
February 8 under the laws of the District of Colum- ing standards and promote camping. rated.
bia by W. D. Boyce. On June 21, a group of 34 1917 • The first achievement badges were earned by
national representatives of boys' work agencies met, • Scouting's full resources were placed at the service physically disabled Scouts. The Third International
developed organization plans, and opened a tempo- of the government. Conference of Scout Leaders was attended by 6,000
rary national headquarters in a YMCA office in • Significant demonstration of boy power trained boys from 33 Scout associations.
New York. and organized for service, followed • The Lone Scouts of America merged with the Boy
• In September, Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, the for the duration of the war and drew thousands of Scouts of America.
founder of Scouting, visited America and inter- boys into the movement. 1925
preted the program. • The first winter camp was held by Chicago Scouts. • Outstanding service was rendered by Scouts in the
• President William Howard Taft accepted the office 1918 Illinois tornado, California earthquake,
of honorary president; and. James E. West was • Scouts rendered nationwide service during the and Louisiana fire.
appointed executive officer. influenza epidemic. • A delegation from Boy Scouts of America visited
1911 • The first service club sponsorship of troops was South America to advance Scouting there.
• The National Council office was established at 200 inaugurated by Rotary International. 1926
Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y., on January 2, 1911, • National standards were established for Boy Scout • Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, founder of Scout-
with seven employees. camps. ing, attended the annual meeting and traveled
• The first annual meeting was held at the White • As part of the war effort, 1917-18, Scouts sold throughout the country inspecting Scouting centers.
House, Washington, D.C., and was addressed by 2,350,977 Liberty Loan bonds, totaling • The first Silver Buffalo Awards for distinguished
President Taft. $147,876,902; war savings stamps, to a value of service to boyhood were presented. Twentytwo
• The Scout Oath, Law, badges, and fundamental $53,043,698. awards were given: the first to Baden-Powell and
policies were adopted. • More than 300 million pieces of government lit- the second to the Unknown Scout whose Good Turn
• The first awards for heroism were presented by the erature were distributed, and services rendered brought Scouting to America..
National Court of Honor. Membership to date, included food and fuel conservation and Boy Scout • Exceptional Scout service was rendered in the
Scouts and Scouters, 61,495. war gardens. Florida hurricane and Arkansas flood.
1912 1919 1927
• Scouts mobilized for the first of a series of na- • A systematic method of developing cooperation • Eagle Palms were added to the list of awards.
tional civic Good Turns. with churches of all faiths was adopted. Boy Scouts • Twelve new rural merit badges were added, bring-
• Sea Scouting for older Scouts was started. were invited to aid the Department of Labor in its ing the total to 89 at 2 Park Avenue, New York,
• Boys' Life was purchased to become an official Americanization program. N.Y.
BSA magazine. • Following the death of Chief Scout Citizen Theo- 1928
1913 dore Roosevelt on January 6, Scouts began the • The 18th annual meeting was held in San Fran-
• The first local council charters were issued to first- practice of planting Roosevelt memorial trees and cisco. Four Scouts participated in the Lincoln
class and second-class councils. making pilgrimages to his Highway covered-wagon tour from coast to coast
• Local supervision was facilitated by dividing the grave at Oyster Bay. • Paul A. Siple, a Sea Scout, accompanied Com-
United States into eight districts—the forerunner of • The first gold Honor Medals were awarded by the mander Richard E. Byrd to the Antarctic.
12 regions. National Court of Honor for saving life 1929
• Scouting, the official magazine for Scouters, was at risk of the rescuer's own, replacing the silver and • The Third World Jamboree, held at Birkenhead,
started. Boy Scout Week was observed. bronze awards. Membership, December 31, was England, where 1,300 Scouts and Scouters repre-
A registration plan for Scouts was adopted. Scouts 462,060. Total members to date, 1,325,878. sented the Boy Scouts of America, was attended by
demonstrated the motto "Be Prepared" in first aid 1920 50,000 Scouts representing 73 lands.
during spring floods in Ohio and Indiana. Scouts • The First World Jamboree was held in England; • The Cub Scout program was put into operation on
rendered service at the 50th anniversary of the Bat- Boy Scouts from 32 of 52 countries were an experimental basis.
tle of Gettysburg reunion of veterans. present; the Boy Scouts of America sent 301 mem-
• The troop committee plan was created. • The First International Conference of Scout Lead-
• The first Scout Sunday observance took place. ers was held in connection with the jamboree, with
Training for Scout leaders was developed. International Scout Commissioner Mortimer L.
• The first William T. Hornaday gold medal for the Schiff and others representing the Boy Scouts of
conservation of wildlife was presented. America.
• The first tree-planting project was held in New • The Scout International Bureau was established in
• The Department of Education established a na- • Scouts of Washington, D.C., served as aides and
tional office to train all Scouters. guides at the limitation of arms conference.
• Expansion of merit badge work prompted issuance • Outstanding civic Good Turns were rendered in
of 57 merit badge pamphlets. forest conservation and in connection with
• The Handbook for Scoutmasters was issued. the floods at Pueblo, Colo., and San Antonio, Texas.
• Scouting was extended on the Pacific coast. 1922
• The Order of the Arrow was founded. • The Order of the Arrow became an official pro-
1916 gram experiment. Scouting’s History is
• Congress granted a Federal Charter on June 15, • The membership roundup was stimulated by
giving special protection to the name and insignia streamer awards by President Warren G. Harding. Our History!
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WILL ROGERS DISTRICT BSA
Nomination Form for District Awards
This form should be used to nominate anyone for District level awards by completing this form and emailing it to email@example.com or
by handing it in by December Roundtable.
Awards presented at the Will Rogers District Banquet (most years) are: District Award of Merit (requires Council form); Scout Master of the
year; Boy Scouter of the Year; Cub Master of the Year; Tiger Cub Den Leader of the Year; Wolf Den Leader of the Year; Bear Den Leader of the
Year; Webelos Den Leader of the Year; Cub Scouter of the Year; Venture Scouter of the Year; Unit Commissioner of the Year; and other special
AWARD: _______________________________________________________ DATE: ________________________
I nominate ____________________________________________________________________________________________
First Name Middle Initial Last Name
Present Position (s):_______________________________________________
Length of service in present position: ________________________________
Total years in Scouting: ___________________________________________
State in your own words the reasons you have nominated this person for recognition by the District. Include any additional information
that you think may be helpful to the Award Committee in making a selection.
Name of Nominator: ______________________________________________
Day/night telephones: D- ___________________ H- ____________________________
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NEW UNIFORM ITEMS
Generation X and Millennial Parents
Generation X and Millennial par- However, life experiences of Gen- have grown up in a more diverse
ents are the mothers and fathers of eration X and Millennial parents society, they are more welcoming
today’s Cub Scouts and younger are different from previous genera- of diversity and individual differ-
Boy Scouts. Like previous genera- tions, leading them to take a some- ences.
tions, they want their children to what different approach to parent-
participate in activities that will ing and time use. Generation X and Millennial par-
enrich their lives and contribute to ents generally want their children
their current and future success. Generation X, born between 1965 to participate in after-school activi-
and 1976, includes slightly ties and organizations. More than
more than 49 million three-quarters of parents (78%)
Americans, making up 17% have already enrolled or very likely
of the United States popula- to enroll their son in an after-school
tion. The Millennial genera- activity or organization.
tion, born between 1977 and
1994, includes 75 million One third of parents who are
Americans, making up 25% unlikely to get their son involved in
of the population. any after-school program cite a
lack of time as the primary reason
Both generations are very they are unlikely to enroll their son.
diverse, with 37 and 39
percent of the generation’s On average, parent s expect to first
members being non-white enroll their son in an after-school
The New Generation or Hispanic. Because they activity or organization at 7 years
Continued on next page
During the month of Novem- This is especially important 405-203-1447 and he can get
ber, your unit commissioner following the fall recruitment you one.
will be asking your unit mem- blitz. Remember, Scouts who
bership chairman to cross are not registered are not cov- When you complete your in-
check your roster with the Ser- ered by the council’s insurance ventory, if you notice that a
vice Center’s roster. nor can they receive advance- boy has stopped coming to
ments. meetings, please call him and
This is a simple process that find out why. He might be
allows you to make sure that all If you wish to have a current embarrassed about missing
of your youth are currently roster from the Service Center meetings and is just waiting for
registered. please contact Brian Spall at you to ask him back.
The primary period for Boy Scout from www.thescoutzone.org. Sim-
recruiting is September thru No- ply click “Tell a Friend” and follow Registration Fees
vember. Checkout the recruiting the simple instruc-
best methods at tions that
www.thescoutzone.org follow. Oct. Registration is
$3.40 and if you
One of the main ways of Boy Scout These patches will would like Boys’
recruiting is through current Scouts be available at no Life, it is $4.00.
recruiting their peers. charge to Boy
Scout troops. Every Scout and
Recognize your Scouts with the Adult can be a Re-
new Centennial Recruiter patch. Scout Leaders can cruiter, earn the
Boy Scouts can earn this patch by pick them up at the patch, recruit some-
recruiting a boy into their troop this council service Earn this patch, be a Recruiter! one into Scouting
fall. Scouts can invite a boy to join center (Registrars today!
electronically by sending an e-card and Reservations).
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Square Knots - Meaning and Placement
The square knot device is dis- knot should be placed with its
played on the uniform to de- bottom edge touching the top
note that the wearer has re- seam of the pocket flap. The
ceived the corresponding next two knots are placed on
award. The award is usually in both sides of the first knot in a Popcorn Reminder Time!
the form of a certificate and straight row of three knots. Is your Popcorn sale going well?
many awards also include a Additional knots are placed
We sure hope so, but it is not too late
medallion or other memento. directly above the first row to make this a great fundraising event
with bottom edge touching top for your unit. There is still time to
A knot emblem does have left edge of the existing knots. make it happen for you and
and right sides. The rope loop your unit, but you must act now!
over the rope ends always is to From the diagram, you can see The Popcorn Sale ends on Oct. 17th!
the wearer's right. The diagram that as additional knots are Important dates to remember:
here shows how the knots earned, single and double knots
October 20: Take Orders Due Online
would look to someone looking on a row need to be resewn.
at the shirt. For this reason, some people November 7: Sorting and Distribut-
ing at OKC Regional Food Bank
prefer to place knots right-
justified with the pocket edge. November 8: Popcorn Pickup for
The square knots are to be those who didn’t help out on Nov. 7
worn centered directly above (Hopefully, this will not be anyone
the left shirt pocket. The first from the Will Rogers District!)
December 4: Popcorn Money, Prize
Orders and all Paperwork Due @
SCOUTMASTER MINUTE Duty to God, Country and Self
You new Scouts probably you may not think of - and every time you put on your
learned tonight that our troop that's to remind you of the neckerchief, it should remind
neckerchief has other uses Scout Oath. The neckerchief is you of the things you pledge
besides looking good a triangle, and its' three corners each time you repeat the Scout
and showing our troop's colors. should remind you of some- Oath.
You found that it can be used thing you recently learned - our
in first aid, too. Over the next Scout Oath.
few months, you'll find that the The Oath, you remember, has
neckerchief has other uses, too. three corners, too - duty to God
and country, duty to others and Duty to God & Country, to
There's one use, though, that others and to self.
duty to self. From now on,
G E N E R AT I O N X A N D M I L L E N N I A L
of age. However, 37% expect to Strategies and tactics have been research section. Another great
first enroll their son in after-school developed based upon this research resource is www.scoutparents.org.
programs during his kindergarten to increase recruitment of Genera-
years. tion X and Millennial households.
Half of parents (50%) prefer to As good Scouters we must continue
learn about after-school activities to build relationships so every
or organizations through fliers sent youth has an opportunity to join
home from school. One-fourth of Scouting.
parents prefer to receive informa-
tion through friends and family. For more information on Reaching
the Next Multicultural Generation
Generation X and Millennial par- visit www.scouting.org/media.
ents and their children are generally
partners in decisions about joining You will find the Strategic Plan
afterschool activities. Research 2006-2010 under the
W ill Ro g e r s D i s tr ict N e w s l e t t e r
Brian Spall, District Executive Important Dates
Last Frontier Council
3031 NW 64th
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 October
17-19 – George Thomas Fall Family Adventures 3rd Session
16-19 – Fall Break
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 20 – Take order popcorn orders due
Allen Bentley, Editor, may be called at 405-627-5578 or email at
email@example.com 23 – Commissioner’s Staff Meeting
24-26 – George Thomas Fall Family Adventures 4th Session
24-26—OA Fall Fellowship at SFSR (See page 5)
1 – University of Scouting (formerly called Pow-Wow)
WR District 6 – District Committee Meeting (6:00 PM)
7– Popcorn sort at OKC Food Bank
7 – Cub Scouts at Oklahoma Science Museum (Omniplex)
Every Boy a Scout, Every Leader a Trained Leader! 13 – District Roundtable Meeting (7:00 PM)
20 – Council Coordinated Meeting
27 - 28 – Thanksgiving, Scout Offices Closed
We’re on the Web at
BRIAN’S CORNER “BEING A PROFFESSIONAL”
The professional Scouter in an entry-level Service. Major emphasis is placed on the assigned district or service area.
position assigned to a district or service service. The professional staff ensures Public Relations. Professional Scouters
area within a local council. The job re- that all Scouting units are served through must recognize the importance of good
sponsibilities are broad volunteer commissioners, working relationships with other profes-
and varied. Duties include regular roundtable meet- sionals and with volunteers. Scouting
promoting, supervising, ings, training events, and depends on community support and ac-
and working in the district activities. ceptance. Professional leaders must have
or service area through Finance. The professional good communication skills and be able to
volunteers. Different as- Scouter has responsibility tell Scouting's story to the public.
pects of the professional for securing adequate fi-
Scouter's job include: nancial support for Scouting
in the assigned area. Work- If you are an adult and a college gradu-
Sales. The professional ing with volunteers, profes- ate, you may qualify to become a BSA
Scouter is responsible, sionals recruit leadership professional. For more information call or
through volunteers, for for the Friends of Scouting visit our Scout Service Center.
extending Scouting to reli- and finance campaign ef-
gious, civic, fraternal, forts to meet the financial
educational, or other com- needs of the council.
munity-based organiza- Administration. The pro-
tions. fessional Scouter adminis-
Brian Spall, DE WR District ters the Scouting program in