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100 Days of Scouting – Day 10


Day 10 –

  • My wife decided to join all of us on the #100DaysofScouting journey!  We’re the first Scouting couple to do it, and it may prove really interesting!  You’ll also notice that we do have differing opinions on certain topics, but we generally work pretty well together in Scouting.  Her blog is here:  http://trishlove.wordpress.com.
  • Tonight, we’re giving our second FOS presentation to a local Cub Scout Pack.  We were invited already, and the we were asked to do this, so the whole family is coming tonight.  Good food, for sure!  I should have more bugs worked out of my presentation as well, so hopefully that translates into more donations.  – UPDATE – The FOS went really well!  Great job Pack 180 on your donations!
  • Got a call last night and found out that we will have one boy crossing over from the local Pack!  That’s one more than we anticipated, and he’ll be starting his Boy Scout journey by joining us at the Klondike Derby later this month.  Very excited and happy about that!

I”ll be away from technology this weekend as I will be with my Troop at Camp Newman for our annual ‘Arctic Blast’ extravaganza.  Fun in the snow, with a little teaching and training mixed in.  I will update either on Sunday or Monday.  Happy Scouting everyone!

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FOS – (I won’t ask you for money, I swear)


FOS LogoStop!  First off, I swear I won’t ask you for any money in this post!  Honest.  So it’s safe to keep reading.

That seems to be how the majority of Scouting parents feel when I step up for the 5 minute spiel I give at the Blue and Gold banquets.  Like ‘oh boy, here c0mes that guy representing the Council asking for money’.  Well yea, I am representing the Council when I’m doing my FOS speech, but that seems to cause most folks to think I don’t know or understand how it really is in Scouting.  Well, I beg to differ.  I’m a Scoutmaster in a rural area – I get it.

Scouting Magazine had a good ‘Front Line Stuff’ about this  – here’s the article:  http://www.scoutingmagazine.org/issues/0001/d-flin.html.  I don’t know how well these ideas would work in my neck of the woods, though.  My Council wants me to keep it short and sweet.  Which, I understand – but at the same time, how can I get my point across to these people that this FOS stuff is actually very important if they don’t want to see the Council costs passed on to us time and time again?  Maybe that’s it.  Maybe I just answered my own question!

I have to give my second FOS presentation tomorrow night.  I think I might just try that approach.  I’m also going to try and challenge each family to give something  – no matter the size.  I need to make sure it doesn’t sound like I’m begging, though.  If you have any good ideas on how to successfully approach parents on FOS, I’d sure appreciate it.  I’ll update the results in one of my 100 Day of Scouting posts.