Sunday, November 17, 2013

Be Highly Visible - Part II: Be seen

Dr. Geoffrey Zoeller, Patriots' Path Council vice president for membership and relations, continues his series on why your unit needs to be highly visible!  This blog post deals with making connections within the community and interfacing with community and religious organizations.

Here are some concrete examples:

BSA's Adopt-A-School program is a great way to build a relationship with your local school and also show the school community that your unit is active and doing positive things with youth.  Go to for more information about how to get your unit active.
Be sure to participate in community events and celebrations.  This fulfills the Duty to Country aspect of our program, it shows off your unit to the public in a positive light, and most importantly, the boys love it.  Event organizers love having Cub Scouts participate and this is another opportunity to build relationships with important community leaders.

Having Scouts earn their youth religious award not only fulfills our programs Duty to God beliefs, but is also a great way to develop relationships with the religious organizations themselves.  Congregations love seeing Scouts earn these awards and non-Scouts who are in the church youth group might be interested in finding out more about Scouting.  Go to for more information about youth religious award programs.

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