2017 ScoutCast

December 2017 - The Importance of Adult Recognition
While Scouters don’t volunteer just for the awards, it’s sure nice to get some recognition for your hard work from time to time. District Executive Kenneth Toole of the Central Minnesota Council contacted the ScoutCast mailbox and said he’s got someone so fantastic at promoting those adult awards that we should invite him onto the show. And that’s exactly what we did. Loren Meinke of Brainerd, Minnesota, who’s been volunteering his time with the Boy Scouts for 48 years shares with us the importance of giving and receiving awards.

November 2017 - The e-Bully
This month’s ScoutCast is ripped from the pages of the November issue of Boys’ Life Magazine where there’s a fictional, heart-warming tale about two boys who are bullied who then find ways to use that bullying to their advantage. And it’s written by none other than James Patterson, the award-winning, best-selling author. So we at ScoutCast thought bullying would be an important topic to discuss this month - specifically, the kind found out there on the internet because there ain’t no bully like a e-bully. And joining us for the discussion is Tahia Marable, Program Manager for Education Outreach and Prevention with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

October 2017 - Scouts and Screen Time

There’s a fascinating new book that came out a few months ago called Saving Our Sons: A New Path for Raising Healthy and Resilient Boys. This book features the latest research on how too much screen time with electronics and video games can affect male emotional intelligence, male motivation development, and the male brain. Join Bryan and Lee as they discuss this hot topic with the book’s author, Michael Gurian.

September 2017 - Scouts and Scholarships

Did someone say, “Free money”? Let’s face it – because Scouts get to have some incredible experiences, they already have an advantage to receiving a lot of scholarships that are out there. But did you know that there are many scholarships that are Eagle Scout-specific? Ryan Larson, the Associate Director for Alumni Relations at the National Service Center, joins us to explain what’s out there, where they are, and how and when to apply.

August 2017 - Boy Scouting e-Training

So, you’re a new Scouting volunteer. Thanks for joining us! You’re probably wondering right about now what you’ve got yourself into. But relax – this month’s episode is all about what is probably the best advice you’re ever going to get in Scouting and that is: Always ask who snores before picking a tent mate. No, wait! The best advice is actually TAKE. THE. TRAINING.
Just click the Download button as Dan Maxfield, who served on the task force that created these online training courses, explains how the new online training modules will enable you to know exactly what to do and where resources can be found.

July 2017 - Cultivating Volunteers

Do you remember the episode on Succession Planning we did back in January? We talked about looking within your unit for that special person who might someday take your place. Well, this month we take it a step further by looking for volunteers who are needed right now and explaining where you can find them outside your unit. Helping us in this search for volunteers is Shooting Sports Instructor and ScoutCast veteran Bill Adams, from the Southern Shores Field Service office in Hartland, Michigan. We’ll discuss the surprising places you can find potential volunteers to fill positions at the unit, district and even council level.

June 2017 - Presenting the New Member Coordinator

It’s a topic so big it cannot be contained in one podcast! Ellie Morrison, assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 308 in Waco, Texas, joins CubCast’s Amy Hutcherson and ScoutCast’s Bryan Wendell in a special CubCast/ScoutCast crossover episode to share with us everything you need to know about the New Member Coordinator (meaning a coordinator for new members, even though, yes, it is a new position … well, you get it).

May 2017 - Something EDGE-y

The May/June issue of Scouting magazine features a story by our very own ScoutCast host, Bryan Wendell as he accompanied Troop 7031 of Flagstaff, Arizona on a pretty exciting canoeing adventure to Yellowstone National Park. He witnessed the incredible leadership of Matt Nichols, the Assistant Scoutmaster as he brought the Teaching EDGE to life. So please join us as Bryan and Lee chat with Matt in greater detail about that trip and the finer points of EDGE.

April 2017 - Building the Budget

OK, listeners, let’s talk budgets. Sure, the best things in life are free, but everything else costs money and practically every entity runs on a budget: the government, businesses, households. Even your troop needs to budget for all those fun activities and trips. We checked in with a few Scoutmasters who told us that sometimes, they just let the Troop Committee handle the budget because it can be a bit overwhelming. So we got some help on that for you. Charlie Garwood, who joined us in September to talk about working with the troop committee, has come back to ScoutCast to show us how your troop or crew can plan the budget.

March 2017 - Generational Diversity

OK – “generational” probably has to do with generations, right? And “diversity” means different types of people. So one could assume that together this means different generations. But, what does that have to do with Scouting or, more specifically, your troop or crew? Pat Wellen, manager of the Research and Strategy Team at the National Service Center, tells us how figuring out the right strategy to ask for parent participation specifically depends on what generation they’re from. It’s really a fascinating discussion, so join us, won’t you?

February 2017 - Boy Scout Retention

Webelos are beginning to cross over into your troop and while getting boys into your troop is one thing, it’s important to know how to keep them in the troop and coming back week after week. Charles “Doc” Goodwin is the Scoutmaster of Troop 236 in Kettering, Ohio, and for more than 30 years his troop consistently has had more than 100 Scouts! So what’s his secret?

January 2017 - Succession Planning

Sometimes here on ScoutCast, we remind listeners that they need to have a succession plan in place should a leader or committee member be unable to keep their commitment, but we realized it might be a good idea to also help listeners put a good succession plan in place. Committee chair Kathleen Daggett of Santa Rosa, California, joins us for this eye-opening discussion. (What? Leaders don’t grow on trees?)

 

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