“You can have everything in life you want, if you'll just help enough other people to get what they want!” – Zig Ziglar
Why Collaborate? What’s in it for Congregations?
Question: What are the five most stated items in any strategic plan of a local congregation? What’s in it for Congregations?
Answer: MembershipMembership Retention of new membersRetention of new members Religious trainingReligious training Volunteers / LeadersVolunteers / Leaders MoneyMoney What’s in it for Congregations?
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
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
Congregations need Young familiesYoung families Adult malesAdult males Religious Organizations Benefit: Membership
Religious Organizations Benefit: Faith Formation Religious Emblems Programs: Are developed by the national religious organizations, not BSA
Religious Organizations Benefit: Membership The average size of a pack is 30 50 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
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.
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.
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
Congregations need Young familiesYoung families Adult malesAdult males Retain membersRetain members Scout parents www.scouting.org/scoutparentScout parents www.scouting.org/scoutparent www.scouting.org/scoutparent Religious Organizations Benefit: Membership
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!
Journey to Excellence Membership Units Retention Advancement Camping
◙ 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!
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
What’s in it for Councils? Question: What are your council’s top goals according to Journey to Excellence?
What’s in it for Councils? Answer: Membership Retention Advancement Money Leadership Program
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
What’s in it for Councils: Program Religious organizations teach the religious emblems programs Recruit clergy for religious retreats and camporees Chaplains
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
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