Scout Wire – September 9, 2010

Welcome back to Scout Wire, the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the BSA. We have received several entries for the “design a new masthead” contest that we announced in the inaugural issue—please keep them coming! We will continue to accept submissions for the next few weeks, with the unveiling of the winner planned for late October.

As always, if you would like to submit items or suggest ways we can improve, please e-mail us at internal.communications@scouting.org or weigh in using the “Leave a Comment” feature at the end of each issue’s list of articles. Thanks go to Grace Stewart, Barry Harper, and Jim Wilson for submitting story ideas for this issue.

Online Health Assessments Due October 1!

Don’t forget to complete your health assessment before October 1 so you can select the Basic and Buy-up benefit plans during annual enrollment. To complete the assessment, please visit www.myUHC.com. For more information, you can access the online health assessment document on BSA Info.

‘Journey to Excellence’ Rollout to Begin in October

In the last issue of Scout Wire, we announced the development of a new council recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. In late September, we will begin distributing program guidelines, instructions, frequently asked questions (FAQ), and even a few inspiring success stories, all with the goal of giving you the information you need to prepare for the program’s October rollout.

Council Market Analysis Reports Completed

A demographic market analysis has been prepared for your council that is based on 2009 end-of-year membership numbers and 2009-2014 ESRI total available youth projections that includes:

  • Demographic and Tapestry information about your council’s members and about the general population
  • Gradient maps by program
  • Analysis by ZIP codes
  • Downloadable PDFs

For more information, please visit Council Market Analysis Information on MyBSA. An Excel table of the data is available by request to research.team@scouting.org. Please include your council number in the request.

Cub Scout Leader Training Now Online

Training courses for all Cub Scout leaders are now available online at www.scouting.org/volunteer/training. (They are also available under the E-Learning link under the Training header on MyScouting.org.) The courses have been updated to support the new Cub Scout Delivery Method rolled out earlier this year.

New Council President’s Orientation Materials Developed

A new PowerPoint presentation, outline, and training format and materials sheet are now available for the council president’s orientation. These tools were developed over the past year by a task force of assistant regional directors to standardize training for all council presidents. Contact your area director or your area president to set up training for your council president.

New Images Added to ‘BSA Stock Photos & Logos’ Site

Looking for a fresh new photo for a presentation? Nearly 1,000 images from the 2010 National Scout Jamboree have been added to the Stock Photos and Logos catalog on MyBSA in the third major update of the archives this year.

Latest Episode of The Buzz Released

Annual Environmental Scan Report Now Available

The annual Environmental Scan report includes charts, graphs, and a myriad of facts regarding social trends affecting the youth of America and the BSA. It is a tool to assist councils with the development of strategic plans, marketing, fundraising, recruitment, and presentations.

Surplus Philmont Meals for Sale

The Philmont commissary is offering surplus trail meals to groups and organizations through December. You may purchase any quantity of meals by sending an e-mail to barry.harper@scouting.org to obtain a 2010 ordering package.

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3 Responses to Scout Wire – September 9, 2010

  1. Sara Lacobee says:

    Excellent work! Best internal communications we’ve had since I’ve been here. Marianne makes a great anchor lady.

  2. Garfield Murden says:

    Very nice piece, very informative. Good Job.

  3. Karen Adams says:

    Very well done and the information is great. Just the right amount of information that can be read quickly. I love the Buzz and the information it gives us. Keep up the great work!

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