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Be a Good Scout

Volunteer service organizations are the backbone of our community. They must be supported, but that can be difficult – precisely because they are unfunded “volunteer” organizations. This is a neat little solution for a volunteer community service website.

As a Den Leader of our local Cub Scout Pack, I soon learned that one of our biggest headaches was communicating – both internally among the organization leadership and out to our Scout families.

Updating new information

Many different people were blasting out emails in all directions, with little accountability and no consistent way to respond or follow-up.

A central source for Information

Parents of young children already juggle incredibly busy and complex schedules. We want our Scout families to have ready, easy access to everything Scout-related.

Constantly changing personnel

A boy passes through Cub Scouts in only five years: The local Cub Scout Pack is run exclusively by parent volunteers. This means that the organization’s leadership is in almost constant flux.

Recruitment and community presence

Because of the constant turnover, there’s an ongoing need to raise funds and bring in new Scouts.

Organizational Process

Like many youth organizations, the Scouts now adhere to strict policies regarding safety and oversight. One of our biggest tasks is to make sure that Leaders and Parents have access to the necessary forms and documents.

There’s something really satisfying about putting together a small-scale site that has a definable purpose and is really useful. Perhaps the greatest complement was having Scout leaders from other troops and packs ask if there was any way they could get a site like this, too. Hmmmmmmm….

 

 

 

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