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What is a Unit Key 3?

The Unit Key 3 is a critical component to the success of the unit. The unit Key 3 consists of: Committee Chair – The top volunteer in the unit is the Committee Chair. They are responsible for ensuring enough qualified adult volunteers are in place to provide the program. They lead [...]

By |2021-10-15T19:11:18-04:00October 15th, 2021|Advancement, Council Wide, Featured, Recruitment, Training, Unit Resources|

Blue Cards Shouldn’t Make You “Blue”

Merit badges are more than learning skills. They are about Scouts exploring an interest, engaging in discussions, and being recognized. When conducted properly, the merit badge process incorporates all eight of the methods of Scouting. The MB process has been updated slightly in the new Guide to Advancement. The 2021 edition recognizes that technological [...]

By |2021-09-28T16:27:48-04:00September 28th, 2021|Advancement, Council Wide|

Cub Scouts The 3 R’s: Recruit, Recruit & Retain

Of the six programs the BSA offers, typically over 50% of registered youth are in the Cub Scout program. Annually, we recruit more first graders to be Tigers than any other age group across all programs. In 2020, many units were unable or chose not to recruit in their communities. As a result, youth [...]

By |2021-09-28T15:13:31-04:00September 28th, 2021|Advancement, Council Wide, Recruitment|

Cub Scout & Scouts BSA Yo-Yo Programs

Completing the Cub Scout Yo-Yo Preview Adventure and finding fun recruitment giveaways just got a lot easier. Order customized Yo-Yos, choosing your color and adding a logo, or purchase case packs of 12 Yo-Yos, prefect for making sure a den has everything they need for the Yo-Yo Preview Adventure. Duncan also offers the Yo-Yo [...]

By |2021-06-30T15:57:20-04:00June 30th, 2021|Advancement, Council Wide, Recruitment, Unit Resources|

Scouting with Special Needs: The ISAP & the IEP

What is the difference between an Individual Scout Advancement Plan (ISAP) and an Individualized Education Program (IEP)? An IEP is a legal document under United States law. It is developed by a team of school personnel familiar with the student, their parent/guardian, and, as applicable, the student themself. There are legal consequences if any [...]

By |2021-06-18T14:46:33-04:00June 18th, 2021|Advancement|

Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards

Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards recognize registered youth and adults who have performed an attempt to save a life, or to recognize notable acts of service that put into practice Scouting skills or ideals. Recommendations for any of the awards are submitted by unit leaders to the Council Advancement Committee for review and submission [...]

By |2021-06-18T13:05:57-04:00June 18th, 2021|Advancement|

New Event Registration & Calendar Platform

Our council has begun transitioning to a new online event registration platform named Black Pug, which is used by almost half of all Boy Scout councils nationwide. The previous system, Doubleknot, was a major step forward when we adopted it nearly 16 years ago. After careful, thoughtful and detailed evaluation we believe the Black [...]

19 Cub Elective Adventures Retiring in 2022

Every year Cub Scout Adventures are reviewed to identify trends and determine interests of our youth, den leaders and Cub Scout families. In our ongoing efforts to keep the Cub Scouting Adventure program relevant to today’s families, Cub Scout elective Adventures are reviewed for both content and popularity. The most recent review has identified [...]

By |2021-05-11T12:11:19-04:00May 11th, 2021|Advancement, Council Wide, Featured|

Virtual Little Philmont 2021

Join Hundreds of Other Scouters at the Virtual Little Philmont 2021 Event and Get a Taste of the Philmont Experience Friday, May 21 from 9pm-10:30pm EDT Saturday, May 22 from 10:30-2pm EDT Virtual Little Philmont 2021 provides a unique opportunity to hear from leading Scouters who continue to deliver high-quality programs for our youth. [...]

Wanted: New Merit Badge Counselors

There was a recent purge of merit badge counselors from Scoutbook because many had not renewed their registration last year. With virtual merit badge events happening in the Mayflower Council, we are looking for volunteers who would be interested in renewing their counselor registration or becoming a new merit badge counselor. We do have [...]

By |2021-03-10T19:40:42-05:00March 8th, 2021|Advancement, Council Wide|