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“EK” Electronic Knapsack August 25, 2017

Fall Recruiting Drive

Is your unit preparing for the fall membership drive? Are you a Boy Scout troop that does not recruit but wonders where all the kids went? Well, it’s time to wake up and smell the cofffee, because recruiting is not a passive activity.

The action part of recruiting is up to each of our units.

This is what we suggest that you start doing right now:

1.  Find out the dates of the meet and greets at your local school.  Meet and greets go by different names, but essentially it’s the day that schools welcome parents to come visit the school.  This has become the number one recruiting day for many of our units.  You can sign people up that day if you work at it!
2.  Plan for having your new member night where you invite youth to join, early in the school calendar.  The end of September and in October, is way too late.  The best and most organized groups in your neighborhood are out there aggressively recruiting right now.
3.  Put together your sales material.  Your best sales material is a time line of what you did for program last year with photos and a schedule of the things you are going to do this year.
4.  Be great sales people.  We all know that Scouting costs money, but yet, we know that we can earn most of our dollars through fundraising, which really keeps the costs down.  When you compare Scouting to other things, hour for hour, Scouting provides the deepest and greatest benefits of almost any program.  Ones that last for a life time.  We don’t have to put words in your mouth, just think what a regular program over three or four years does for a youth in confidence building and you can tell your own story.
5.  Make sure someone is in charge of your efforts.
6.  Start communicating how to join and when someone wants to join, don’t tell them to come to some meeting in a month, engage now.

Pack Marketing

Why is the pack unique?  Positioning the pack in the neighborhood and school can make a big difference.  It’s all about activities and doing things.

Posters that are home made, with pictures of Scouts in action, make a more personal statement.  The students and their parents get a taste of what they will be doing if they join the pack.

Adopt a School, Partners in Education, School Partners . . . the names may be different, but the essential purpose is the same.  Service projects at the school and linking on the school website as a partner brings a new level of attention to the Scouting program.  Families, again, can see what Scouts do.  The projects can be as simple as a flag presentation at the beginning of a PTA meeting.

Permanent displays can be created by a project like a “Little Library” at a school.  A small plaque placed on a an item like that will serve for years to remind families about the Scouting program.

Think of the many ways the Scouting program stands out in the crowd of activities and sports, and share it!


Lions, the kindergarten pilot program, will continue this fall.  Every non-LDS (excluded due to church requirements on age) pack is encouraged to build a Lion den.  What is required to accomplish that?  An adult over 21 registered as a Lion Guide and an active recruit of kindergarten boys.  Lions is an adult partner program, so every parent will play an active role in shared leadership.  The Lion Guide coordinates a meeting and activity plan that has every adult partner leading a different thing.

Tidewater Council requires the Lion Guide to complete den leader training (available on http://my.scouting.org) and recommends every adult partner takes youth protection training.  The national office will send surveys to the person registered as the Lion Guide as they monitor the success of the pilot and look at the future of the program.

The family books for Lions have a book for the Scout and a second book for the adult partner.  Easy to follow plans make the program very user friendly for kindergarten families. The Scout Shop has Lions books, Lions tee shirts, uniforms, adult shirts and all types of program resources to help with a good den program.

The council will distribute Lion specific flyers to kindergarten classrooms to support pack recruiting efforts.

Finishing up  Summer Programs

As we start to close the summer, remember, it’s important to apply for all those merit badges you earned, summer time pack awards, and make sure that they are distributed and awarded properly.  No better way to start the ball rolling then a late August party for parents and youth, that includes awards, fun and fellowship.  A great way to catch up and start getting the wheels rolling for the fall.

On-line advancement is a great tool to enter all awards and generate a shopping list to finish the job.  If you need assistance with the unit identification number, contact the district commissioner, advancement chairman or executive.

Scout Shop News

As we begin a new school year, the Scout Shop is already stocked up on uniforms, accessories, books and everything in between to meet the needs of every Scout!   We want to be prepared to help everyone who walks through our doors, and unit leaders can help us do that.   Please check out our most common inquiries and make sure your new parents have the needed information.

Most asked questions:  What’s my den number?   What’s my Pack/Troop number?  We can often help with that but not always.    What color neckerchief does our Troop wear?    Do I need a leader neckerchief or does my Pack/Troop leaders wear bolo ties?   Do I need to buy a handbook or will the Pack provide it?    Where can I get a Pack/Troop T-Shirt?  Do I have to get the Cub Scout pants?  This is an official part of the uniform, but often packs do not require them).   Where can I get a used shirt?   (We sell only NEW ones.  What kind of shoes does my son need to wear with the uniform?    As you can see, there are many questions that we can NOT answer.  So, please help us help our new customers so that they CAN be prepared!

We DO have a sale which runs through October on the blue Cub Scout Pants.   Buy a Cub Scout uniform shirt and get 25% off the Cub Scout uniform pants.  This brings the price of the pants from $24.99 to $18.74.

FLAGS – Our stock of used flags for flag retirement ceremonies is growing daily.  Please ask at the counter and we can supply your need for U.S. flags of all sizes.

This fall will be the Council’s second year to participate in the Lions program.  We have the kits, Lions T-shirts, Leader Polo shirts and Lion Caps, which now come in two sizes.   The Lions section has been permanently moved to its own end cap, but is easy to spot!  Even though the Lions will not officially be registered until September, they may still shop in August and beat the rush!

As you may have heard, the Council is now charging a 3% user fee for credit/debit cards (we accept only Visa and MasterCard).   There is no longer a $10 purchase limit to use a card, but the fee will be charged for ALL card transactions.  Please inform new parents about this policy so that they can come prepared with cash or a check if they prefer.  For units buying awards with credit cards, this may be a good time to consider opening a prepaid store account if the unit does not have one already, or start using it again.  Information on accounts can be updated at any time by completing a  Store – Unit Account Form and submitting it to the Scout Shop.

Please let new parents know that if they can’t make it to the Scout Shop we will gladly mail orders to them for only the cost of the postage, no additional handling fees and no tax.  They need only to call us (497-2688) or email Polly.Fugate@scouting.org with their request.  We can return their call for a credit card number.  Again, we do not charge tax or any handling fees.

Our next holiday closing will be for Labor Day weekend, September 2 – 4th.  Have a safe weekend!

Pow WOW!

New leaders have a world of questions.  Experienced leaders love to share their successes.  Tidewater Council is offering a Cub Scout leaders a half day supplemental training event to help bring the “How To” of Cub Scouting to life at Pow WOW on October 28.  In addition to hands on items, helpful suggestions on managing the administrative side of a pack and how to add pizzazz to meetings are all available for participants.  Check out the 2017 Pow Wow Catalog for more information.

Registration and class selection must be completed on line at: https://tidewater.tentaroo.com/.  Credit card payments (MasterCard or Visa) are accepted on line.  To pay cash, complete the registration with $0.00 payment and print statement to submit to the Scout Shop.

Pow WOW is October 28 at Portsmouth Catholic Regional School, 2301 Oregon Ave, Portsmouth.  Doors open for check-in at 7:15 AM; opening session begins promptly at 7:45 AM.

Accident and Sickness Insurance

The per person insurance rate will be $12.00 per person with the 2017 charter renewal.  This is the first rate increase for units in a number of years.  The Tidewater Council continues to subsidize liability insurance costs.

Unit Incentives

A two-threshold unit incentive program was developed for 2017.  The two thresholds are unit participation in Friends of Scouting and Product Sales.

A unit will be rewarded their incentive as a deposit in their unit account upon completion of their annual charter.  The charter is considered completed when the registrar can process it through the computer system.

This chart illustrations the thresholds and incentives if one reaches the minimum number on both thresholds that is Friends of Scouting and Product Sales.

 Level Average Friends of Scouting per Scout Average Product Sales per Scout Per Scout Unit Incentive
Bronze  $ 40.00  $ 150.00  $   5.00
Silver  $ 50.00  $ 200.00  $   7.50
Gold  $ 60.00  $ 250.00  $ 10.00

The numbers in Friends of Scouting are average numbers for the entire unit.  To determine this average, the council will take the total dollars raised by the unit by the end of the year and divide it by the number of youth that rechartered with the unit at the beginning of the year.

The numbers for the product sales are average numbers for the entire unit.  To determine this average the council will take the total retail dollars of product sold, both Nuts and Popcorn, sold by that unit and divide it by the number of youth rechartered with the unit.

The average is based on the number of youth that are processed with the unit’s charter that was due in December of 2016.

This is easily flipped to establish goals for each unit.  If a unit renewed with 20 Scouts, their goal for gold would be $1,200 in Friends of Scouting and $5,000 in combined popcorn and nut sales.  Achieving both criteria will give that unit an incentive of $10.00 times the number of Scouts on the renewal submitted in December 2017.  The executives can assist units with determining those numbers as needed.

The incentive is a combined total.  Making one, and not the other would not earn the incentive.  If a unit is short on Friends of Scouting, there is still opportunity to improve their 2017 total.  The fall popcorn and nut sale is in progress.  Establish a goal for the unit to succeed and go for the gold.


This year, we are pleased once again to announce Farm Fresh approved weekends to sell popcorn products.  September 15 – 17 & September 29 – October 1 (Fri. evenings 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. & Sat & Sun 10 – 6 p.m.).   Any unit that would like to participate in the product sale at one of the Farm Fresh store locations in South-side Hampton Roads and Elizabeth City, during those weekend dates, send an email with the request to linda.boyce@scouting.org  Please include a first and second location choice. Each unit can choose two dates. Sales are from 6 – 9 p. m. on Friday evenings and Saturday & Sunday sales are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Reservations are on a first come, first served basis.  Your location & dates will be confirmed via email.

Each Monday thru the month of August the Scout Store will hold a special prize drawing for collectable NASCAR cars.  Your unit will be automatically entered to win one of these collector edition cars each time you come by to pick up popcorn products. Batman, The Joker 28 & Looney Tunes are just a few cars to choose from. Winners will be notified by email or phone.

Internet Sales

For those of you interested in online sales, it starts August 28, and goes thru November 27.  You can access the internet sale by going to www.prpopcorn.com Up at the top right click “My Account.”  If you have not already set up your account & pass code you can do so at this time however sales will not “go live” until August 28. The Council’s code to login is 596TWC. Commission is 30% due to individual order handling fees. Shipping is always charged to the purchaser.  See page 10 of the popcorn booklet for further details.

Nuts for Camping

Whitley’s Peanut Factory is working with Tidewater Council again this fall to offer a take order Nut Sale.  The printed order forms are in the office so Scouts can sell.  Nut sales (from both spring and fall) can be combined with popcorn sales for the unit incentive program described above.

Units that wish to have nuts for show and sell locations may purchase a supply.  Leftover products cannot be returned. 

Guide to Advancement 2017

The Guide to Advancement 2017, the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs, is now available online at www.scouting.org/advancement, in both HTML and PDF format. Printed copies will soon be available in the Scout shop for purchase. The publication number 33088, has not changed, so when asking, specify the Guide to Advancement 2017.

The Guide to Advancement is the most important reference tool for anyone involved in advancement in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts. The GTA 2017 replaces all previous editions of the Guide, and becomes the source for all advancement policies and procedures. As such, it supersedes any other BSA publications that may conflict with it.

Journey to Excellence: Advancement Is Just One Way to Keep Score

The Journey to Excellence continuous improvement initiative helps units, districts and councils focus on details to provide the best Scouting program for youth. The 2017 JTE scorecards for each Scout organization can be found online at  www.scouting.org/jte.aspx. While each has a line labeled “Advancement” the tracking

of advancement progress is only one very important component of the overall score. It is important to recall that Scout advancement is not an end in itself; rather, it is the sum of Scouting’s other components — Planning, Membership, Program, and Leadership, all of which are also listed and measured on each JTE scorecard. Addressing these multiple, interrelated measures of advancement will help units, districts and councils to succeed in achieving positive results in this performance recognition program of the BSA.

One further note about JTE: remember that it is a journey, not a destination. Like a garden, it needs constant attention if it is to achieve its purpose, the growth of good citizens through Scouting.

Cub Scout Advancement Requirements Continue to Evolve

Cub Scout adventure requirements continue to be revised based on experience gained since the issuance of the currently available Cub Scout rank handbooks. While den leaders may continue to use the resource materials on hand, there have been changes in how to use them in terms of advancement. The latest requirements and history of the changes made can be found online at the Program Updates web page, www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx.

Venturing Advancement Structure: A Review

Venturing has an advancement structure that allows Venturers to develop themselves while working to complete a set of challenges. Each advancement in the structure has requirements that focus on the ALPS model: Adventure – Leadership – Personal Growth – Service.

Upon joining and demonstrating his or her intent to be committed to the program, a youth member first will earn the Venturing Award. Each Venturer may then work towards the Discovery Award by completing several requirements that relate to volunteer service hours, crew participation, CPR/First Aid training, Introduction

to Leadership Skills for Crews, goal setting, and crew officers’ orientation.

Next comes the Pathfinder Award, which requires Venturers to continue participating in their crew activities while taking on more leadership responsibility for planning and conducting crew activities, as well as taking part in an ethical controversies discussion, while also completing additional service hours.

Finally, the Venturer works towards earning the aptly named Summit Award by taking on other crew leadership positions, instructing crew trainings, and mentoring a younger member of the crew. The Summit Award requires completion of a service project where the Venturer leads others. Finally, each Venturer also is asked to set and obtain personal goals, and to lead an ethical controversies discussion.

Eagle Scouts Scholarships

College isn’t cheap but for more than 150 worthy Eagle Scouts nationally, it can be a lot more affordable.  The National Eagle Scout Association will award nearly $700,000 in scholarships to Eagle Scouts based on their academic performance, Scouting background, college plans and financial need.

The window for the latest round of National Eagle Scout Association scholarships opened Aug. 1, 2017. It will close for good on Oct. 31, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail on July 15, 2018, and money will be disbursed to these deserving Eagle Scouts in fall 2018.

The scholarships are highly competitive. Less than 3 percent of the 5,000 expected applicants will receive a scholarship, but every Eagle Scout between his senior year of high school and junior year of college will want to apply for a chance at earning some cash for college.

All NESA scholarship applications must be submitted online. Paper copies from previous years are out of date and will not be accepted.  NESA has posted this list of helpful FAQs. Check out these other scholarships for Eagle Scouts.

2019 Philmont Registration

Registration for summer crews begins in late October 18 months before a given summer. In November, the Lottery determines trek date assignments (learn more about the Philmont Lottery system). Philmont strongly recommends that units register for the lottery to have the best chance of receiving the desired trek date, and to have adequate time to prepare for the trek.

Driver Improvement Program

In Scouting motor vehicle accidents rank as #1 in terms of Frequency (how many) and Severity (cost). What can we do to try and reduce the frequency and severity of accidents? Currently on Scouting Safety there is the Risk Zone Transporting Scouts Safely program.

New for 2017 is the Hartford Insurance Companies Driver Improvement Program on the BSA Learn Center, under Expanded Learning – any Scouter may self-register for this course. This course will take approximately 35 minutes to complete and is based upon the concepts of defensive driving, recognizing hazards and preventable collisions. Once completed a certificate will be available and the participants training record will be updated.

Is Wood Badge For You?

If any of these statements describe you, you could benefit from the Wood Badge experience:

  • Your life outside Scouting is busy, and you have plenty do in Scouting
  • You’re a leader in your profession. You’ve attended military or private sector leadership training
  • You’re a successful Scout leader; your unit is doing great
  • You work with youth in youth development programs outside Scouting

Surprised?  These statements describe most Scouters in one way or another.

Everyone can benefit from the Wood Badge experience. We can all do better, and we can all know more; that’s how we become more. Becoming more is how we contribute more―how we make sure we leave this world a little better than we found it.

What we contribute through our roles in our families, work, and Scouting adds meaning to our lives.

Wood Badge Course dates and Course Director Announced

The 2018 Wood Badge Course will be held in Camp Lions at Pipsico Scout Reservation on the following dates:

  • April 20-22 and June 2-4, 2018
  • Erich Roetz (eroetz@cox.net) has been selected as the course director

Everyone can benefit from the Wood Badge experience. We can all do better, and we can all know more; that’s how we become more. And becoming more is how we contribute more―how we make sure we leave this world a little better than we found it.

What we contribute through our roles in our families, work, and Scouting adds meaning to our lives.

Wood Badge Can Help You Become More and Contribute More in all Aspects of Your Life

Through the Wood Badge experience, we will have the opportunity to enjoy more success with less stress.

There are two reasons why Wood Badge will help us contribute more with less stress:

  1. Scouting is a profession
  2. It’s a profession unlike any profession we are involved in outside of Scouting

There’s a lot to learn to be successful in Scouting; so much so it’s really a profession. There’s Scouting philosophy, vision, mission, and values, and there’s plenty of processes, procedures, policies and methods. Like any other profession, having the knowledge, skills, and experience gained through practice to do well in the Scouting profession will make your program more successful.

But the Scouting profession is not like any work we do outside of Scouting. Being an experienced parent or a success in our work outside Scouting is not enough. New skills are needed to be successful. And much of what we learned outside Scouting must be adapted to work well in Scouting.

Wood Badge is professional development for Scouters designed to help us fill the gap between what we know and can do already and what we need to know and must be able to do in Scouting.

Through the Wood Badge experience, we can gain new skills and learn how to adapt what we already know to work well in Scouting.

But how everyone learns is different; one of the key strengths of Wood Badge is that we learn by doing.  Wood Badge is not like any other training or leadership development. We will spend most of our time learning by doing a variety of activities including games (with a purpose, of course), exercises, patrol activities, and troop activities.

Wood Badge is the best professional development deal going; what we can gain from Wood Badge will help us in all aspects of our life.

If you’re open to the opportunity and challenge of becoming more than you are now visit http://training.tidewaterbsa.com/wood-badge/  to learn more about Wood Badge or you may contact the 2018 Course Director, Erich Roetz (eroetz@cox.net).

Wood Badge course S7-596-18 will be conducted April 20-22, 2018 and June 2-4, 2018.  Registration is open now at: https://tidewater.tentaroo.com/

2019 World Jamboree

The 2017 National Jamboree has ended, and the countdown to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree has begun.  The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held at the BSA’s permanent Jamboree home, the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The World Jamboree is actually co-hosted by three Scout organizations: the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and Asociación de Scouts de México.

A World Jamboree in the United States is a once-in-a-generation event. The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be the first held in North America in 36 years (1983, Alberta, Canada) and the first held in the United States in 52 years (1967, Idaho).  Some 50,000 Scouts and Scouters from 167 different countries are expected at the event, to be held July 22 to Aug. 2, 2019. Participants will meet people from around the world while enjoying SBR’s world-class adventure offerings.

The BSA contingent will include 10,000 people — the largest contingent the BSA has ever sent to a World Jamboree. The total will encompass Scouts/Venturers, adults and staff.  That will break down like this:

  • 7,200 youth participants (ages 14 to 17; see details below) and adult leaders
  • 2,700 members of the International Service Team (the name for staff at the World Jamboree)
  • 100 members of the Contingent Management Team

Even though the BSA’s presence at the World Jamboree will be large, we’ll make up only one out of every five people at the event. That means approximately 80 percent of Jamboree attendees will be from one of more than 160 other countries planning to attend.

“We’re looking forward to everyone who comes to have a global, cultural experience,” Rachel Eddowes, co-contingent leader says. “Scouting is a worldwide movement; the program is slightly different in each country based on their history, cultures and customs, but we are all united through the world brotherhood of Scouting.”

Registration will open in August 2017. How to register: Keep an eye on the U.S. contingent website, especially beginning in August 2017.  How to be a youth participant or adult leader

Max number: 7,200 participants in 180 units. Each 40-person unit will have four adult leaders and 36 youth.

Youth eligibility: Ages 14 to 17 by the first day of the World Jamboree. This date is set by the World Scout Jamboree hosts, not the U.S. contingent leadership. That means the Scout’s or Venturer’s birthday must fall between July 22, 2001, and July 21, 2005. (Born before July 22, 2001? Try to attend as an adult or IST member.)

Adult eligibility: Like for National Jamborees, prospective World Scout Jamboree leaders will fill out an application. Approval and a final decision will be from the U.S. contingent leadership.

Cost: Is not yet determined, but will be similar to the cost of attending a National Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve. The World Scout Jamboree cost will include transportation, and, to keep costs down, there will be no pre- or post-Jamboree tour.

Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

This award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award. Each year, local councils select a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region selects a region-level winner. A national winner is then selected from the four regional finalists.

On or before January 21 of each year, an Eagle Scout, his parents, or any registered BSA volunteer (with the Eagle Scout’s permission) may submit his Eagle Scout service project for consideration by the council committee. The Scout must have passed his Eagle board of review in the prior calendar year (January 1 to December 31). The winner will receive a certificate and a bronze device for the Eagle Scout embroidered knot from the National Eagle Scout Association.

Scout Ready

September is Be Prepared Month and we are celebrating by showing the community how Scouting can help them Be Prepared. Your unit is being asked to attend this event and prepare a booth highlighting what Scouts do to Be Prepared. This can be for a weather disaster, health emergency, or other ways Scouts are prepared for life’s emergencies. This booth can be interactive or a display.

This event will be held at Pembroke Mall on September 23 from 10am – 2pm.  To register please click on this link. Your Scouts can visit the other displays from the American Red Cross, Police Department, Fire Department, and local TV station.

Cub Scout NOVA Award Changes

Changes to the Cub Scout Nova program were recently approved at the highest levels of the BSA.  The changes impact the Adventure loop requirements and can be found at www.scouting.org/stem under the awards button.

Youth now have the opportunity to either earn an Adventure Loop specific to their rank OR complete an option which crosses all Cub Scout ranks. These changes are effective immediately. When earning a Nova, youth can choose whether to use the newly released requirements or the older requirements through 12/31/2017.

Effective January 1, 2018, only the new requirements may be used

What’s new in Lions for 2017-2018

Pack meetings and activities are open to Lion families who want to participate. Lion families said they wanted more pack involvement, and now they have the option of being included in program, skits, and more.

Pinewood Derby open to Lions. The national program office offers three options for implementing this:

  1. Integrate into the pack Derby with other Cub Scouts.
  2. Use the wedge car from the Scout Shop to eliminate cutting.
  3. Have Lions participate in a Veggie Car Derby, where potatoes and cucumbers replace wood blocks.

Fundraising is allowed as a family option. Although they don’t want mandatory levels of funds to raise, Lion families indicated they do want to have the option to raise funds. Spring fundraising is encouraged. If popcorn is sold by Lions, a show-and-sell approach where older boys and parents are also present is preferred. Door-to-door selling would only be appropriate if the parent is by the youth’s side.

Uniform T-shirt won’t change, but families can buy button-down if they want. Parents and boys love the required Lion T-shirt and optional cap. This change allows families to buy official blue Cub Scout button-down shirts and blue pants as desired for special occasions and pack ceremonies.  The Tidewater Council Scout Shop has a special display of all things Lion, and will order any item not currently in stock.

A Lion-specific page in Boys’ Life. Parents can use this great resource to help unlock the world of reading for their child.

Visit district websites for the latest

Albemarle District
Bayside District
Princess Anne District
Three Rivers