As we move into the holiday season, I would like to wish all of you a blessed, peaceful, and safe holiday. Please take time to savor this season and spend time with your loved ones. As you know it passes far too swiftly.
Service Focus for December –
A light month unless your unit is rechartering in February
For most of you, the month of December is a little slower from the Commissioner’s point of view. However, if your unit is rechartering in February you should be working with your unit leadership team to complete their membership and unit leadership inventories. Be careful, it can sneak up on you.
JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE: December Update
The November JTE Dashboard is not yet posted. Our results for October were outstanding as follows:
- MCC Council earned “Gold”
- Apache District earned “Gold”
- Etowah District earned “Gold”
- Hornet’s Nest District earned “Silver”
Kudos to all for your support in making it happen. You can check out the details at your myscouting.org website. Look for “JTE” under “Council Tools” on the left side toolbar.
2015 is Mecklenburg County Council’s 100th Anniversary
In case you haven’t heard, next year will be our councils 100th birthday. Yes, scouting has been alive and well in Mecklenburg County for 100 years. A special 100th Anniversary CSP (Council Shoulder Strip) and a special “Star” pocket patch have been designed and ordered. They will be available at the Scout Shop beginning in January. Application forms for the “Star” pocket patch are available now.
Did you know that MCC received its first formal charter on November 24, 1915? However, Boy Scout troops were established within Charlotte as early as 2010 – the very first year that scouting was chartered in the United States. Our first council office was in the current Chamber of Commerce building downtown. Troop #1 was established at Holy Comforter Episcopal on South Boulevard. We go a long way back.
Heads Up Commissioners: Big Changes Coming To Cub Scouting
The biggest changes to Cub Scouting in a generation are scheduled to take place in June 2015. Although there will be changes in the way advancement is organized to simplify the program for leaders, the focus for boys will still be on fun, adventure, and learning by doing. For details, see www.scouting.org/programupdates
For most dens, the change will be simple—boys begin using a new handbook as they move to the next rank. For dens currently in their first year of the Webelos Scout program, however, there will be options as the boys move into the second year of the program.
- Option 1. Boys who earn their Webelos rank by June 1, 2015 may continue using the current handbook and complete the Arrow of Light requirements as stated there. However, they must finish all requirements for the Arrow of Light by June 1, 2016. For elective activities beyond the Arrow of Light requirements, boys may choose to work on additional activity badges—or, after June 1, 2015, some of the new adventure pins. The new requirements are posted at www.scouting.org/programupdates.
- Option 2. Beginning June 1, 2015, boys may begin using the new Webelos Handbook with new Arrow of Light requirements. The new requirements call for boys to complete four specific “adventures” (Building a Better World, Camper, Faith in Action, and Scouting Adventure) plus three additional adventures of their choice. For the transition year only, current Webelos activity badges earned beyond the three counted for the Webelos rank (Fitness, Citizen, and one more) may substitute for the “three additional” adventure pins.
The new Webelos Handbook and Webelos Den Leader Guidebook will be available in early 2015 to facilitate more detailed planning and implementation of the new program.
SAVE THE DATE! College of Commissioner Science: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Our next College of Commissioner Science is scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2015. Please hold the date. The College of Commissioner Science is for ALL Commissioners!
- Council Commissioners Assistant Council Commissioners
- District Commissioners Assistant District Commissioners
- Roundtable Commissioners Unit Commissioners
Are you currently serving in a Commissioner role? Do you know how to be a "best friend" to a Unit and its leaders? Are you meeting the expectations of your stewardship and seeing that your Units and Unit Leaders are receiving the full value of Scouting programs? Are you delivering what's expected? Do you know what to deliver? Are you knowledgeable about how to use the new online Commissioner Tools being rolled out across the country?
Come learn more about your position and how to be a better Commissioner! Central Piedmont Community College, Levine Campus, Matthews, NC Sponsored by Central North Carolina Council and Mecklenburg County Council.
THE COMMISSIONER’S TOOLBOX - COMING TO MECKLENBURG COUNTY COUNCIL IN Q1/2015
We will begin rolling out the new Commissioner’s tools in Q1/2015. It will take approximately 90 days to complete the roll-out process. These tools will replace every tool we use today including:
- Unit Self Assessments
- Unit Health Reviews
- Annual Service Plans
The Commissioner functions supported by these tools will remain but the tools used to implement these functions will be on-line in real time Commissioners will be able to examine the performance of their units with more useful information and transparency than ever before.
General Training on the tools for All Commissioners and Professionals is available via conference call. To register go to my.scouting.org or click on the site below:
Next Online Training Date:
12/8 – Monday at 9:00 pm Central Time
VOICE OF THE SCOUT: Fall Survey Results Now Available. Check it out. Learn what your fellow Scouters are thinking
The results from the Fall Voice of the Scout survey are now available online. You can access them via your myscouting.org site. Look for “VOS” under “Council Tools” on the left toolbar.
Below are the summary scores for MCC. Promoters (score 9-10) are loyal enthusiasts who will keep buying and refer others, fueling growth. Passives (score 7-8) are satisfied but unenthusiastic customers who are vulnerable to competitive offerings. – Detractors (score 0-6) are unhappy customers who can damage the BSA brand and impede growth through negative word-of-mouth.
Similar displays are available for each district. Trends, drill downs and specific customer comments are also available on line. Check it out. Take the pulse of your fellow “Scouters.”
“You are always acting as an example. The only question is whether it is a good one or a bad one.”