New Leader Orientation - The OC Scouter

New Leader Orientation - The OC Scouter

New Leader Orientation 1 The Vision of the BSA The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law. A vision with just a few, but very powerful words: responsible wepromote encourage boys to be self and take every eligible : leadership we do not discriminate, oravoid exclude

boys participating : : youth we self confidence andsufficient any leader : we introduce in Cub Scouts by our example. responsibility for their duties andown. actions. that are different than our discouraging words. New Leader Orientation

2 The Scout Oath and Law On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. A Scout is : Trustworthy Loyal Helpful Friendly Courteous Kind Obedient Cheerful Thrifty Brave Clean Reverent Note: Cub Scouts will use the Scout Oath and Law starting in 2015. New Leader Orientation

3 Whats the Difference Between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts? Cub Scouts Boy Scouts Age Range 6.5 10.5 10.5 17 Motto Do Your Best Be Prepared Leadership Adult Volunteers Youth

Events Family Focused Youth Focused Program Age appropriate activities that build character Age appropriate activities that build character Cub Scouts are like a minor league baseball team, and Boy Scouts are like the major league. We are getting them ready for the show. New Leader Orientation 4 The Scouting Organization Portola District

Conducts Roundtable meetings and training Recruits Scouts and Leaders Runs Day Camp Fundraises to pay for program Delivers the Scouting program and Camporee Leader Resources All volunteers 1 paid professional, all others volunteers. Pack 811 Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council New Leader Orientation

Registration of youth and leaders Records Achievements Maintains camps and properties Coordinates Fundraising Mix of professionals and volunteers. Creates policy Creates training materials and publishes all literature. Advocates vision Maintains national properties Mix of professionals and volunteers. 5 The Pack 811 Organization Scout Scout Families Families Den

Den Leaders Leaders and and Assistants Assistants Pack Cubmaster Cubmaster and and Assistant Assistant Leadership Team Pack Pack Committee Committee Pack Pack Committee Committee Chair Chair The Pack Leadership Team meets once a month to plan the agenda and share ideas. New Leader Orientation

Chartered Chartered Organization Organization Representative Representative St. St. Angela Angela Merici Merici Church Church (Charter (Charter Organization) Organization) Parents, Chartered Org representatives, and district representatives are welcome at any leadership meeting. 6 The Duties of All Leaders Follow the Scout Oath and Law Cub Scouts and their parents learn from examples. If you are loyal, your son will be loyal. If you are helpful, other parents will want to be

helpful. If you are friendly, we will have a pack of friends. Represent Pack 811, and the BSA Once you put on that uniform, people will look to you for answers, or as a sounding board. Always present Scouting in a positive way and encourage other families to join. Learn as much as you can so you can educate others as well. New Leader Orientation 7 The Duties of All Leaders Get Trained! Learning Never Stops! The following is the minimum training all leaders should take (the first 4 are available on-line): Youth Protection Training (YPT) Needed in order

Fast Start Training for your position to register This is Scouting Needed in order to wear Position Specific Training for your positiontrained patch BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) First Aid / CPR Certification Needed in order for the pack or den to go on overnight trips New Leader Orientation 8 The Duties of All Leaders Wear the Leader Uniform with Pride Again, we teach by example. The Cub Scout Uniform is a method to help build pride, loyalty, and self-respect in boys. This method will not be effective if leaders do not show their pride and self respect with their uniform. Be a Leader to All Boys Parents usually become a leader to make sure their own son has a great experience. This is absolutely commendable. It is our job, however,

to make sure all Scouts have a great experience. Just like you would want your sons teacher to be fair to all students, so must we be sure all Scouts are treated equal. New Leader Orientation 9 The Duties of All Leaders Be a Team Player All pack leaders are volunteers like you. We need all leaders to share their experience and expertise on all issues, and once a decision has been made, implement the program as one team. Many hands make for light work! Be an Owner Dont let putting on a uniform be the extent of your contribution. Whether you are an Assistant Den Leader or a Committee Member, the success of the pack directly lies on your shoulders. Your ideas and actions are critical to our success. Take charge and own a part of our success! New Leader Orientation 10

Leader Positions Committee Member Den Leader / Assistant Works primarily with other leaders behind the scenes to perform all necessary pack functions. Supports Cubmaster and Den Leaders with program as needed. May have specific duties in addition to whatever needed duties.

New Leader Orientation Works primarily directly with boys to carry out the program. As part of pack leadership team, works with other leaders to develop the program. Helps with whatever needed as available. 11 The Pack Committee Committee Specific Duties:

Awards Coordinator Treasurer Religious Emblem Coordinator Quartermaster Fundraising Coordinator Membership Coordinator Webmaster Location Coordinator Whatever-it-takes New Leader Orientation 12 Den Leaders Den Leader Duties: Plan the program Communicate, communicate, and then communicate again Promote Rank Advancement Lead Den Meetings and Outings Represent Den with Pack Committee, and Pack Committee to Den.

Recruit helpers Recruit new members Whatever-it-takes New Leader Orientation 13 Position Specific Duties Scouting has been around for more than 100 years, so there is no need to re-invent the wheel. It is always appreciated by scouts and future leaders, however, if you can make the wheel smoother and more fun! In addition to the on-line training you have taken on line at, our pack has created time-line driven job descriptions for all of our leader positions. These are available on the leader page at There are also plenty of other resources available on line designed to give ideas for den leaders and other pack positions. Several useful sites are listed on our pack website, including and New Leader Orientation 14 Communication

Just about all leaders will at some point need to communicate to a den or the entire pack. When in doubt, over-communicate! We do this in one of three ways: 1. A posting on the website which gets sent via email to the pack or a den. 2. Events listed on our calendar 3. A direct email to the pack or a den. 4. An announcement at a pack or den meeting. By far, the most effective method is the first a website posting that is also sent via email. This allows for instant email notification, as well as a permanent reference for those who lose track of emails. Reminders and follow-ups would use the other options 15 New Leader Orientation listed. Website Postings Website postings (announcements) serve several purposes: - A permanent record of pack or den communication. A record of exciting den activities that others in the pack can learn about and look forward to. A draw for those looking for a new pack on the web.

Every new posting helps us climb higher in Search Engines and increases the chance new potential Scouts will find us. Some of our past Scouts found us via our website! New Leader Orientation 16 Website Postings How to Create a Web Posting: Insure that only first name and last initial (no last names) of Scouts are included in the posting. Pictures can be included, but no 1:1 correlation of a name with someone pictures should be listed. All pictures should be in good taste. Send an email to website email address: The subject line will be the title The body of the email will be the posting Attached pictures or documents will be included.

To send an email only to a particular den, include [denx] at the beginning of your subject line, replacing x with the den number. New Leader Orientation 17 E-mails How to send emails to a group: Important: Always put these group email addresses in the BCC: field, and your own address in the TO: field. This will eliminate the problem of filling inboxes from those who like to reply to all. Group E-Mail Address Den X Families Den X Leaders All Den Leaders All Pack Leaders All Pack Families (replace X with den number) Do not share these group addresses outside of our leadership team; we do not want to introduce spam for our families. 18

New Leader Orientation Calendar The Pack utilizes multiple Google calendars to maintain the agenda for pack and den events. These calendars populate the various calendars on the website, as well as the calendars on devices that subscribe to them. Each Den Leader is responsible to maintain their dens activities on their respective dens calendar, and the Cubmaster or designated leader is responsible to update the Pack and Leader calendars. Calendars are maintained at using specific user IDs: Learn and teach others how to connect to these calendars at http// New Leader Orientation 19 Meeting Room Reservations Cub Scouts meet, and so a leader must arrange for a suitable meeting place. We typically meet in one of the following:

St. Angela Room or Hall The Scout House A Parents House An Outdoor Venue (SAM field or park) All of these (except a public park) will need a reservation in advance. Your Committee Chair or designee is responsible for all room reservations at both the Church and Scout House. You will usually need a few weeks notice, and availability in not guaranteed, so always have a backup plan in mind! New Leader Orientation 20 Money The pack is responsible to raise all the money needed to put on the program for our boys. This is done through registration fees (about half goes to national and the remainder to the pack) and our fundraisers. As you can see from this graph, about 60% of our budget is obtained through fundraisers. Fundraisers not only make the program affordable for all, but they also

teach our boys self sufficiency. Popcorn & First Aid Kit Fundraiser Scout-O-Rama Fundraiser Dine-Out Fundraisers Registration Fees New Leader Orientation 21 Money As leaders, we need to not only to participate in fundraisers, but may be asked to assist in their promotion and operation. A few things to keep in mind: - - - All expenses must be approved in advance from the committee. The treasurer, and committee, should be made aware of all financial transactions, including denrelated transactions. All expenses are submitted via the Expense report that is available on the pack website. All receipts

must be included. If you are collecting money for an event, then you will submit the money along with a Deposit report also available on the pack website. New Leader Orientation 22 When Do I Wear a Uniform? Pack Leaders Den Leaders Pack Meetings Blue & Gold Derbys Pack Nature Outings Den Meetings Den Nature Outings Public Ceremonies Roundtable Meetings Pack Leader Meetings New Leader Orientation Class A Class A

Class B Class B none none Class A Class A Class A Class B Class B Class A Class B Class A Class A Class A none none 23 ScoutTrack ScoutTrack is an on-line advancement database that we utilize to track advancement and awards for every

Scout. It can be found at, or via the link on the Family Menu. Every parent is issued credentials to access the site and view their sons progress. Den Leaders or Assistants are responsible for entering all achievements into ScoutTrack. Entries made at least a week prior to a Pack Meeting will be awarded at that months meeting. Den Leaders should encourage their families to check ScoutTrack on a monthly basis to keep in touch with their sons progress. New Leader Orientation 24 Leader Resources Our Pack Website has a hidden archive that is available only to leaders. When you log in using your leader credential, you will see an additional menu item for leaders called File Library. Here you will find event and outing details from previous den and pack leaders. Remember you dont have to re-invent the wheel just keep it fresh!

Fellow Leaders Other leaders in the pack were once just as green as you. Do not be afraid to ask ANY of them for answers or ideas. Our monthly leader meetings are a great time to present questions or problems to the group. New Leader Orientation 25 Leader Resources BSA Publications The Scout Shop has a host of inexpensive leader books that are full of ideas. Many of these are available on our website as well. Other Websites There are many sites on the web full of ideas for Cub leaders. Check the leader page on our website for a partial list. When all else fails, Google knows where to find a bounty of Cub Scout knowledge. RoundTable On the second Thursday of the month, all the Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders in the Portola District meet to exchange ideas. It is always good to attend a few of these every year to get a different perspective

on events. New Leader Orientation 26 Questions? Remember: Take Charge! 27

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