I hope everyone had a chance to relax a little with your family and loved ones this summer. It went by so quickly. I especially hope that you had an opportunity to visit one of our summer camps with your unit. There is no better way to serve as a mentor, guide or just be generally helpful as to spend time in the woods. Our Commissioner focus for August should be on getting prepared for our Fall Cub Roundup and on Troop Unit Planning. Regarding the former please be sure your unit has an energized and committed Membership Chair and he or she is linked into the District Membership team. There are lots of new changes this year. There will be more advertising and media coverage than I can remember. Regarding troop planning, be sure to sit down with your units and assist them in completing their Troop Annual Plan. A great slideshow explaining the use of the guide can be found at:
In Memoriam: George Tucker, ACC for Communication
George Tucker lost his long fight against heart disease this summer. George served as our Assistant Council Commissioner for Communication for several years. It was one of many positions that George held during his long Scouting career. We are going to miss him greatly. As you may have heard, George’s wife has been struggling with the cost of George’s medical care and, now added to it, the cost of his funeral and related expenses. If you are able to assist George’s family, please make a check payable to: Robyn Tucker and mail to, Robyn Tucker 3922 Cameron Ck. Dr. Matthews, NC 28105. If you would like to have your donation treated as a tax deduction, their church will take the donation and pass on to them. In this case, make your check payable to; Forrest Hills Church, mark it “For George Tucker Family Fund” and it will be passed on to them. Mail it to, Forrest Hills Church 7224 Park Rd. Charlotte, NC 28210.
Welcome Aboard: New Commissioners
We welcome four new Commissioners to the Mecklenburg County Council Commissioner Service this Summer. Our new Commissioners are:
- Shawn Glanver – Etowah District
- Morris Rosen – Apache District
- Stephanie Vilchis – Hornet’s Nest District
- John Frechette – Hornet’s Nest District
If you have the opportunity to see these new Commissioner’s please welcome them to our growing Commissioner Service Team.
COMING SOON! “Scouter Success” Training Program at
CPCC Levine South Campus
The date for our next “Scouter Success” training program has been set for Saturday, September 27th at the CPCC Levine South Campus.
- New Commissioners: Commissioner Basic will be offered at this session so if you have not taken this critical training, please sign up now.
- Seasoned Commissioners: Although we understand that Commissioners are among the best trained resources in Scouting, you just might find a course to complement your many skills!
- All Commissioners: This is an exceptional training opportunity so please encourage all your unit leadership team to get trained in their respective areas of responsibility. Well trained units are successful units. (See more on this below)
And Speaking of Training
The new https://my.scouting.org/ website has some great tools to assist with adult leadership training.
Here are a few:
- Member Training Report located on the Search Training menu bar, lists individual member’s current, completed training records and any incomplete position-specific trainings. (Check out your own training records!)
- District Contact Report (available at the district level) identifies the Key 3s in each unit in the selected district, including contact information and YPT status.
- Training Summary Report (available to council, area, region and national Key 3s) provides dashboard status overview of those who are position trained and not trained, and YPT status.
A quick review of our districts shows that we are doing fairly well in respect to “Youth Protection Training” (averaging 94% for MCC as a whole). However, we are not doing well with respect to adult position training. As shown in the chart to the left, only 34% of all adult leaders in MCC show up as having current training in their assigned position.
I encourage all Unit Commissioners to go online and print off the training report for the units you support. These will list all registered adults, their current position and their current training status. Then present the list to your unit leadership team and discuss what to do about it. It’ll probably be a surprise to everyone.
The required actions coming out of this discussion might be additional training for some adults or perhaps some attention paid to correcting current records. In either case, let’s address it as soon as possible. The key to delivering a top quality program is to have all adult leaders trained in their current position of leadership.
BREAKING NEWS: Elimination of 60 Day Registration Lapse Period Implementation Delayed
Earlier this year BSA National Office communicated that the 60 day lapse period that follows a unit’s charter expiration date would be eliminated effective December 31, 2014. This policy change was made to align contemporary business practices of real time reporting that is now expected by most councils. After a period of intense listening to council leadership and feedback, it has been determined that the policy change will be delayed until August 1, 2015. This will allow councils, unit leaders, and chartered partners the opportunity to be better prepared for implementation of this policy. While this delay gives us all a little respite, it should not reduce our focus on each unit implementing a disciplined recharter program so we are all fully prepared when the new policy goes into effect in August of next year.
More News: New Cub Scout Program
After 2 years of development, information about the new Cub Scout program was highlighted at the National Annual Meeting in Nashville. The program has been field tested in 10 councils with great feedback and is more action oriented and fun. Six courses regarding the program were rolled out at the Philmont Training Center this summer. Information regarding the new program and changes can be obtained by going to www.scouting.org/programupdates. New guidebooks should be available by early 2015 and the program will be official in May, 2015.
Journey to Excellence
MCC earned a “Silver” JTE level for the month of July. Once again, MCC led Area 5 in Retention with a retention score of 70.1%. Since retention is a key metric for the Commissioner Service – kudos to all for supporting our units in attaining this level.
THE COMMISSIONER’S TOOLBOX: COMING SOON TO A COUNCIL NEAR YOU!
In case you missed last month’s announcement a new “Commissioner’s Toolbox” should be coming our way sometime in late Fall of this year. The toolbox will be an integrated set of online tools that will assist with developing Unit Services Plans, conducting Unit Assessments, and logging unit contacts. The new toolbox will replace UVTS. The new application is easy to use and very powerful. I think you are going to like it. Stay tuned for more about this in the future.
“When you take young boys into the woods,
good things happen.” (George Seton)