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August 2008

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Congratulations to Jesse Gardner - Troop 268 - Award of Merit Winner!

It was a hot and humid July 4 weekend in 2006 and Jesse R. Gardner was camping with his family and Scout mends at their trailer in Cambridge, MN. Kids and adults had been swimming in the pool all weekend to stay cool. Monday, July 4 Jesse and other kids were swimming and playing in the pool, the adults were sitting at tables watching the kids. A 5 year old boy was having fun hanging around Jesse swimming and playing around in the water. The boy couldn't swim on his own so he had on a life jacket. The young boys' parents called for him as it was time to come out of the pool. Jesse lifted the boy out and placed him at the edge of the pool. The father took off his life jacket and turned around as the boy continued to play with Jesse, who was still in the pool. The boy lost his footing and went head first into the water towards the bottom of the pool. Jesse immediately dove down in the water and grabbed the boy before he hit the bottom of the pool and brought him up to the surface and placed him on the edge of the pool. The young boy was confused as to what happened for it happened so fast. There were many adults around witnessing what happened but did not have time to react. When asked how he knew what to do, Jesse indicated that he had learned it in swimming merit badge but mostly it was just the natural thing to do, "I didn't think much about it just dove under the water for the boy." For his outstanding service in implementing scouting skills and ideals, BSA's National Court of Honor recognized Jesse R. Gardner with the Medal of Merit.

"Knives. Guns. and Fire - Selling the Sizzle of Scouting"

Boys join Scouting because of the opportunity to build campfires, shoot guns, use knives, and a variety of other outdoor adventures which Scouting has to offer. It is important that we "sell the sizzle of Scouting" to new boys on a year-round basis. Boy Scout Troops should be attempting to increase membership at all times throughout the year. There are several different types of recruitment efforts that a troop can utilize in order to accomplish this task.

Troop Open-House

A Troop Open House lets troops roll out the red carpet to welcome guests and show them what Scouting has to offer. It is a great way to show off activities and accomplishments to individuals that have never tried scouting. Hosting a troop open house is a five-step process that has been tried and proven in troops throughout the nation. Each of the following five steps is vital to the event's success:

  1. Present a school rally to fifth- and sixth-graders (Utilize the Boy Fact Surveys).
  2. Mail the parents of interested youth a personal invitation to the troop open house.
  3. Follow the invitation with a telephone call to the parents.
  4. Host the troop open house for youth and their parents. This is a great place to "show off" the activities which your troop has done in the past and demonstrate some Scouting Outdoor Skills.
  5. Organize a troop or district activity to involve new Scouts right away (Fall Camporee is a great place). Youth join Scouting for the fun and outdoor adventure. Parents want them to join for completely different reasons; character building and leadership training.

Following this plan for conducting a troop open house will help you address the wants and needs of both youth and their parents. For more information and a sample timeline, visit www.scouting. org!.

Boy-To-Boy Recruitment

One of the best ways to recruit new scouts is by having current scouts that are enthusiastic about the program. A good way to channel this "positive energy" is to have a fall recruitment campaign within the troop. This is where current scouts show their friends and peers all the benefits and possibilities that scouting has to offer. You can offer the prize of a recruiter patch to any scout that brings in a new member and fulfill the 1 st class requirement.
When thinking about recruitment, just remember it is a year-round process and not just a "once is enough" type of program.

Wednesday. August 13. Annual Corn Feed

We will be holding an exciting training for all Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews with tips and techniques for successful recruitments. It is bound to be a great evening. There will be an optional meal prior to the training for a minimal charge. Come enjoy some fellowship with other Scouters before the training session.

This event will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church 4201 Regent Ave N in Robbinsdale.
Please call Andrea at 763-231-7226 or apengra@northernstarbsa.org to RSVPfor dinner and/or training. We look forward to seeing you!

Popcorn Time

Now is the time to sign up to sell popcorn! Call Andrea at 763-231-7226 or apengra@northernstarbsa.orgtoreserve your spot to sell this fall.

Crew 401 Recognized

Congratulations to Crew 401 who on May 14,2008 was recognized by the Northwest Hennepin Human Service Council at the Invest in Northwest Awards as Outstanding Community Partner for providing quality program and services to the Northwest communities of Minneapolis. Way to represent Scouting!