Friday, August 10, 2018

How to Put Scouting on the Map With Google

Learn how to harness the power of Google to promote your pack, troop, crew, and ship and attract more members!

Here is a quick YouTube video by Michael Ramsey, Director of Marketing and Brand Management for the Boy Scouts of America.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Watch LIVE: Membership Experts to Hit the Road, Train Local Unit Leaders for a Successful Fall Recruitment


The council membership committee is pleased to announce the addition of a Facebook Live showing of the 2018 Membership Road Show!  All leaders are invited and highly encouraged to attend and watch from the comfort of their homes.

The LIVE session will be streamed for free from the Patriots’ Path Council Facebook page on Monday, August 20 from 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.  All you need to do is go to, https://www.facebook.com/ppcbsa, and wait for us to go live at 7:00 P.M. sharp.  A web link will be provided to you allow access to all materials discussed in the session. 

This is a short membership stop!  In just 1.5 hours you will learn all the latest on Family Scouting, introducing Lions to the Cub Scout family, new member coordinator, Be A Scout, best practices, and the new national BSA marketing plan, Scout Me In!

Be sure to send at least one representative to a Road Show stop. 
So, can we, “Scout You In?”

Register today for free at: https://scoutingevent.com/358-Roadshow

For more information contact, Al Thomas, al.thomas@scouting.org, 973-919-0389 or Javier Juarez at 973-765-9322 x257, javier.juarez@scouting.org

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Have Some Down Time This Summer? Update Your BeAScout Pin!


It’s so important to have an up to date BeAScout pin for your unit.  Why? Well we run media ads, promotions, and direct interested families to this centralized website. New families want to know the latest and greatest about your unit.

It’s also important to check to see what genders your pack is serving.  Once you turn in your Family Scouting Designation Form, units accepting girls get directions on how to apply that on their pin.

We all need to make sure the contact information is correct, meeting time is current, and links go to current web pages.

Finally, be sure there is an active volunteer checking for new leads/ interested families. 


For assistance please contact your unit service executive Marc Maratea at 973.900.0919 or
marc.maratea@scouting.org or Charlean Mahon at 973.524.4459 or charlean.mahon@scouting.org.
  
Here is an example:


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Is Your Post Recruiting for Exploring at Your Local National Night Out?


You may not be thinking about recruitment, but there’s a great opportunity if your community is hosting a national night out this summer on Tuesday, August 7th. 

Sponsor a table, host an activity, spread the word with the community about why Exploring is such a cool program!

For free Exploring resources and recruitment materials, reach out to our membership executives, Al Thomas, al.thomas@scouting.org, 973-919-0389 or Javier Juarez at 973-765-9322 x257, javier.juarez@scouting.org.

WHAT IS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT?
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cub Scouts & Friends Invited to Family Scouting Adventure Nights!


Time for the Whole Family to Experience Adventure this Summer! 


Ready for a summer evening of family fun?! Families are invited to attend one of four Family Scouting Adventure Nights at Camp Wheeler (Stanhope, NJ) or Watchung Cub Scout Day Camp (Watchung Reservation). 

Date #1 
Wednesday, 07-18-2018, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Camp Wheeler, Aquatics 

Date #2 
Thursday, 07-26-18, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Watchung Day Camp, STEM & Campfire 

Date #3 
Wednesday, 08-01-2018, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Camp Wheeler, BB and Archery Shooting Sports 

Date #4 
Thursday, 08-02-18, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Watchung Day Camp, BB /Archery Shooting Sports & Campfire 

Register Here: https://scoutingevent.com/358-FSJ . Prior registration is highly recommended. 

Children (ages 5-11) who are not Cub Scouts attend for free. Current Scouts are $5 each. Current Scouts who bring a friend not currently registered in a Cub Scout pack attend for free. Contact Bill SanFilippo, bill.sanfilippo@scouting.org for more information. 

For more information on Family Scouting, please visit: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/familyscouting/ or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PPCMembershipResources/ 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Cool Activities to Get Youth Interested & Involved In Scouting!


There are many reasons why boys (and now girls!) decide that they want to participate in the Scouting program.  They may have been encouraged by their parents, expressed interest because they have friends in Scouting, or just wanted to become involved in a new activity.  But the biggest reason youth get into Scouting and stay in Scouting is because they want to have fun.  And, whether they are an 8 year-old Wolf or 14 year-old First Class Scout, a young person who isn’t having fun is not likely to stay in Scouting.  Thus, a major goal for every unit should be to plan “cool” activities that will get kids interested in Scouting and keep them interested in Scouting for years to come.
Camping overnights (the stereotypical Scouting trip) is an obvious activity that appeals to many, but it is certainly not the be-all and end-all of the program (and should not be!)  Outdoor activities, such as day hikes and fishing excursions, and indoor activities, such as a trip to a museum or rock-climbing facility are all great potential options.  Outings to sporting events can also be a big hit, and many of the professional and semi-professional local teams have special designated nights and/or group rates that make such outings more financially feasible.  Additionally, there are a myriad of events and activities available throughout the year at the council’s camps that are both great opportunities for fun and introduce young Scouts to the camps and get them excited about returning during the summertime.
Convincing boys and girls to join and remain in Scouting can sometimes be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.  The best way to keep interest high and to keep Scouts (particularly younger Scouts) coming back for more is to plan a variety of fun activities that appeal to all the members of a pack or troop.  Ideas for specific activities to plan for your unit (like the Rutgers University Geology Museum and Jockey Hollow), and scheduled events at council camps, can be found on the council’s website (ppcbsa.org).  Scouting can provide so many positive benefits to boys and girls, but more than anything else, it should be fun!
A reminder to take these tips and make your recruitment events fun!  Free flyers and recruitment materials/ support is provided by the dollars donated to the Friends of Scouting campaign.  Take a look and order what’s provided to you at: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/
Submitted By: Ryan O’Connor, Membership Committee Vice Chair