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1 Congregations BSA Religious Emblems Religious Emblems: the Lynchpin to Membership

2 How to Have Congregations and Clergy Begging You to Start the Full Family of Scouting

3 Stop Selling Packs, Troops, and Crews

4 Stop Selling Scouting as Ministry

5 Start Selling SOLUTIONS to Congregations and Their Needs

6 Whose needs are these? Membership growthMembership growth RetentionRetention ProgramProgram MoneyMoney Trained VolunteersTrained Volunteers

7 “You can have everything in life you want, if you'll just help enough other people to get what they want!” – Zig Ziglar

8 Why Collaborate? What’s in it for Congregations?

9 Question: What are the five most stated items in any strategic plan of a local congregation? What’s in it for Congregations?

10 Answer: MembershipMembership Retention of new membersRetention of new members Religious trainingReligious training Volunteers / LeadersVolunteers / Leaders MoneyMoney What’s in it for Congregations?

11 Religious Organizations Benefit Common Goals Enrich current program –Scouting has high brand recognition –Membership opportunities –Proven youth program: citizenship training, character development, fitness –Outdoor resources (local and national facilities) continued

12 Religious Organizations Benefit Trained Leaders –Provides leadership training skills –New leaders (adults may volunteer to be leaders because they see it as service to their religious organization) –Religious organizations select the leadership that reflects their values

13 Congregations need Young familiesYoung families Adult malesAdult males Religious Organizations Benefit: Membership

14 Religious Organizations Benefit: Faith Formation Religious Emblems Programs: Are developed by the national religious organizations, not BSA

15 Religious Organizations Benefit: Membership The average size of a pack is to 60% of youth in a pack troop or crew do not currently have a faith home These parents are pre-qualified as looking for values for their children 15 pre-qualified families already in your building without a faith home

16 Religious Organizations Benefit: Membership The unit leader makes a presentation on religious emblems using the R.E.C. / Duty to God resources. The congregation offers a religious emblems class.

17 Religious Organizations Benefit: Membership The chartering congregation offers their religious emblems program for their youth members and extends an invitation to the Scouting unit, especially those without a current congregational home. Invite the parents to the first class and start building relationships.

18 Religious Organizations Benefit: Membership If the congregation offers a religious emblem class to all youth in their units If the congregation offers a religious emblem class to the whole district The congregation expands its membership potential in close geographic area

19 Congregations need Young familiesYoung families Adult malesAdult males Retain membersRetain members Scout parents parents Religious Organizations Benefit: Membership

20 What’s in it for Councils: Program 66% + 10% + 70% + 98% = +42% 98% = the number of clergy who are unaware that these religious emblems even exist!

21 Journey to Excellence Membership Units Retention Advancement Camping

22 Why Collaborate? What’s in it for Councils?

23 The History of the BSA According to Mark

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26 ◙ To retain 10 new units this year will require organizing 30 units! ◙ To retain 30 new units over the three years will require organizing 90 units AND there will be 60 bad experiences which will make it difficult to ever organize another unit in that location!

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28 2009/ /2010 New FBU Units Dropped FBU Units

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32 Ranks Achieved in Other Venture Crews

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34 Source: Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States 2000, published by Glenmary Research Center, Nashville, TN, ©2002 by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies

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36 American Baptist Churches in the USA Assemblies of God Christian Churches & Churches of Christ Episcopal Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Southern Baptist Convention United Church of Christ United Methodist Church Other None present

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39 What’s in it for Councils? Question: What are your council’s top goals according to Journey to Excellence?

40 What’s in it for Councils? Answer: Membership Retention Advancement Money Leadership Program

41 What’s in it for Councils: Membership Youth membership –Parents are looking for values –Religious organizations share common goals Adult leaders –Improve retention of leaders –Religiously based individuals are more likely to volunteer Target underserved populations

42 What’s in it for Councils: Program Religious organizations teach the religious emblems programs Recruit clergy for religious retreats and camporees Chaplains

43 Ingredients for Success Both sides must clearly understand the chartered organization agreement before it is signed.Both sides must clearly understand the chartered organization agreement before it is signed. BSA should use as many congregational volunteers as is feasible.BSA should use as many congregational volunteers as is feasible. The congregation must “invest” their best kid person to be the leaderThe congregation must “invest” their best kid person to be the leader

44 Ingredients for Success All volunteers should be trained by the local councilAll volunteers should be trained by the local council Religious emblems must be promoted by the unit leaderReligious emblems must be promoted by the unit leader Congregations must offer a religious emblems classCongregations must offer a religious emblems class

45 Lynch Pin Congregations BSA Religious Emblems

46 Wrap up: Why Collaborate? Win-win-win situation Collaboration results in: Stronger youth and families Stronger congregations Stronger councils


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