New Birth of Freedom Council
Boy Scouts of America

2014 Popcorn Sale about to get Popping!

Has your unit signed up to sell popcorn in 2014 yet?  If not, then what are you waiting for?!?!  The popcorn sale is a great way to help fund your unit throughout the year and can teach your scouts sales skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.  Units can sign up for the sale by clicking here.

Units can also earn extra commission by attending one of the three council popcorn kickoffs.  Check out the dates and sign up for a kickoff by clicking here.


Southern York County Friends of Scouting Breakfast

On Wednesday, June 18th, over 40 local community and business leaders came together to support scouting and to thank local community leader Stan Brown, owner of Brown’s Orchards, for his service.  These 40 community members gathered at the Jacobus Fire Hall for breakfast and presentations from several guest speakers.  They heard from Council President Michael Summers and Eagle Scout Matthew Thiess.  Finally, Stan Brown was presented with an award for the 2014 Southern York County Friends of Scouting Breakfast and made some remarks about his experience with scouting.  Through the support of Stan Brown and the numerous community leaders in attendance, we were able to raise over $9,500 to support local scouting programs!  Thank you to all who helped to make this event a big success for scouting!

Program Launch

get the scoopGet the latest scoop on everything scouting at the 2014 Program Launch.  This annual event, open to all leaders, is designed to give you everything you need to prepare for an outstanding 2014-2015 program year.  From planning guides to camp to popcorn, it’s all covered at program launch.  There will also be several outside vendors on site to help you further develop your scouting program.

Visit this link to learn more about what to expect or to sign up for program launch today!


Using Social Media to Promote Your Unit

Here are 10 ways to use Facebook to recruit. This was posted on the Bryan on Scouting blog a few years ago. Distribute these tips to moms, dads, grandparents, anybody that is connected to social media.  They can then use the tips to share their scouting experience with their social network and, hopefully, generate some new scouts for your unit!


Does your unit have a Facebook page? If not, now’s a great time to start one. Just head to Facebook and sign up for a free account to get started.

Once your page is up and running, converting followers of your page into members of your unit is the next challenge. To help with that problem, here are the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s Top 10 tips for using Facebook in recruiting:

1.Show your friends you’re involved in Scouting.
2.Share the fun you’ve had during Scouting activities.
3.Promote planned Scouting activities.
4.Post photographs of fun Scouting activities.
5.Talk about your satisfaction with Scouting in your unit, training courses, camps or other programs.
6.Join Facebook groups in your community and spread the word about Scouting. For example, join your elementary school’s Facebook page and promote School Night to Join Scouting and other events.
7.Promote your School Night to Join Scouting date.
8.Share your Scouting success stories and how youth and adults can sign up to join the fun.
9.Shine the spotlight on your new Tiger Cub dens, patrol, venture scouts, and the parents who will lead the unit and how they’re getting started.
10.Educate and encourage new parents and leaders to visit Scouting websites and subscribe to e-newsletters


New Tool Available for Cub Scout Leaders

Cub Scout Leaders; are you searching for example Blue and Gold Ceremonies?  Or how about some new outing/field trip ideas?  Do you remember discussing these things at a Roundtable but just can’t seem to find your notes?  Well thanks to Marcia Thiess, our Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Roundtable topics and notes from 2010 until the present are now available on the Indian Rock website.  Under the Roundtable tab, you will find a list of Roundtable Topics by month or by subject and the accompanying materials.  This is a great new resource covering everything from recruitment to religious awards.  Be sure to check it out and thank Marcia the next time you see her!


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