All in for Scouting 2021

All in for Scouting 2021

Restarting Scouting

Your Council recognizes the unique and severe challenges that COVID – 19 has presented to our local units. We understand that at this critical time, our Scouting Units need all the help they can get to Restart, Rebuild and Relaunch their program.  Your Council is here to help our Scout units succeed, survive, and thrive as we emerge from this unprecedented worldwide global pandemic. We understand your challenges at the unit level and have put together a comprehensive plan to help you through 2021 and beyond.

After months of speaking with Scout Leaders and reviewing how COVID – 19 has affected the program, our volunteers have determined that there are 6 critical areas of unit operations Scouting units need to focus on and execute to restart operations and continue to provide the needed program of Scouting in our communities. Focusing on these 6 critical areas of unit operation will allow Scouting to continue to thrive.

Our 6 Critical Unit Focus Areas are:

  1. Membership - We will help our units retain existing members and recruit new ones.
  2. Camp - We are anticipating that we can operate summer camp in 2021, which will be a great way to get your unit back engaged & ready for the fall.  There are many exciting changes in our Moses program to share with you, which should make it even more attractive to join us at your camp.
  3. Unit Leadership – We are assisting you with providing leaders if needed, as well as help you with filling out your adult leader needs.
  4. Program - We are assisting units by providing year-round programs to make it easier for you to plan your year and take advantage of our help.
  5. Training – Our training staff has a year-round training program to help unit leaders, both new and experienced.  ‘Every Scout deserves a trained leader’.
  6. Sustainability - We have programs to help you finance your unit’s program, as well as help every Scout have an extended summer camping experience.

Our staff and council volunteers stand ready to help support unit service in all areas of focus. The council’s main goal is to ensure local Scouting is here for all communities of Western Massachusetts, survives, and thrives into the future.  The Western Massachusetts Council volunteer Executive Board is here to help you deliver that program.

‘Relaunching Scouting 2021’

Many units are not meeting regularly and have been unable to have activities because of health restrictions.  Now that vaccines are being rolled out, we will help you ‘be prepared’ for Scouting in 2021 by following these steps:

Step 1: Preparation:  Starting in January of 2021 each unit (in person or virtually) will meet with a member of our unit contact team (this could be a board member, a leader from our Order of the Arrow Lodge, a Commissioner, or staff member). This meeting will be to discuss our 6 Key Unit Focus Areas, our Council offerings for the year, and discuss how to participate and remove barriers your unit may have.

Step 2: Plan: Next, let’s work together to develop your plan for unit participation, including filling in a unit calendar taking advantage of Council programs, activities, training, and your summer camp.  Make it easy for your unit by participating in the Council program!

Step 3: Execute:  Let’s work together to make this happen through the year.  To make it easier for you to achieve your unit plan, we have designed some discounts and incentives you can take advantage of!  They are listed in the next section of this letter.

Step 4: Evaluate: A year from now, let’s look at our success in 2021 and plan for 2022.

 

For 2021 we will have 6 Incentive Focused Areas for our units. These levels will reward your unit for focusing on the 6 Key Critical Focus areas in the past (2019-2020) and help you strengthen your unit operations in the future. As always, your unit leadership determines your unit program.

Our 6 Incentive Focused Areas, viewed as critical to every unit’s health:

  1. MEMBERSHIP: Held a spring or fall membership recruitment drive in 2019 or 2020 and commit to holding a drive in 2021.
  2. CAMP: Attended Summer Camp or Day Camp in 2019 and/or will attend summer camp in 2021 as available.
  3. UNIT LEADERSHIP: Has two-deep leadership & a key leader plan for unit leadership at the unit committee level.
  4. PROGRAM: Has a yearly planned program that includes a District or Council event or Roundtable.
  5. TRAINING: All direct contact leaders have completed position-specific training and the unit has at least 1 Wood Badge trained leader.
  6. SUSTAINMENT: Conducted a FOS presentation and/or sold popcorn in 2019 or 2020 and scheduled a FOS presentation for 2021.

 

All of our units fall into 1 of 4 Focused Levels:

  1.  Level 1: Horace A. Moses Unit - Achieved all six of the Critical Unit Focus Areas and has raised an average of $175 or more per youth in their unit from FOS and/or popcorn sales. By achieving this level, we are providing the incentives listed below.
  2. Level 2: Leading Unit - Achieved five of the six Critical Unit Focus Areas and has raised an average of $125 or more per youth in their unit from FOS and/or popcorn sales. By achieving this level, we are providing the incentives listed below.
  3. Level 3: Sustaining Unit - Achieved at least four of the six Critical Unit Focus Areas and has raised an average of $75 or more per youth in their unit from FOS and/or popcorn sales. By achieving this level, we are providing the incentives listed below.
  4. Level 4: Emerging Unit - Achieved at least three of the six Critical Unit Focus Areas and has raised an average of $50 or more per youth in their unit from FOS and/or popcorn sales. By achieving this level, we are providing the incentives listed below.

 

Our unit incentives for each level:
 


Level 1 incentive as a Horace A. Moses Unit (meets 6 of 6 criteria), then unit qualifies for:

  1. Free tenting or Adirondack camping at HAMSR (Limitless)
  2. Free weekend cabin rental at HAMSR (Limit 4X Year, the cabin of choice)
  3. 5% additional added to full popcorn commission
  4. 12% discount off attending all HAMSR Summer Camps
  5. 100% off 1 Scout attending council-run NYLT
  6. 100% off all council-run adult leader training (excludes Wood Badge)
  7. 100% off 1 Adult Leader attending council-run Wood badge
  8. 100% off all annual District Activities 

Level 2 incentive as a Leading unit, (meets 5 of 6 criteria), then unit qualifies for:

  1. Free tenting or Adirondack camping at HAMSR (Limit 6X/Year)
  2. Free weekend cabin rental at HAMSR (Limit 3X Year, excludes T-Lodge)
  3. 4% additional added to full popcorn commission
  4. 10% discount off attending HAMSR Summer Camp
  5. 75% off 1 Scout attending council-run NYLT
  6. 75% off all council-run adult leader training (excludes Wood Badge)
  7. 75% off 1 Adult Leader attending council-run Wood Badge

 

Level 3 incentive As a Sustaining unit, (meets 4 of 6 criteria), then unit qualifies for:

  1. Free tenting or Adirondack camping at HAMSR (Limit 4X/Year)
  2. Free weekend cabin rental at HAMSR (Limit 2X Year, excludes T-Lodge)
  3. 4% additional added to full popcorn commission
  4. 8% discount off attending HAMSR Summer Camp
  5. 50% off 1 Scout attending council-run NYLT
  6. 50% off all council-run council adult leader training (excludes Wood Badge)
  7. 50% off 1 Adult Leader attending council-run Wood Badge

Level 4 incentive as an Emerging unit, (meets 3 out of 6), then unit qualifies for:

  1. Free tenting at HAMSR (Limit 4X/Year)
  2. 2% additional added to full popcorn commission
  3. 5% discount off attending HAMSR Summer Camp
  4. 25% off 1 Scout attending council-run NYLT
  5. 25% off all council-run adult leader training (excludes Wood Badge)

File Name Description
Crew Assessment Form Download
Pack Assessment Form Download
Post/Club Assessment Form Download
Ship Assessment Form Download
Troop Assessment Form Download