Scout Ambassador Tool Chest

You may have noticed some of the volunteers around Utah National Parks Council wearing a new patch: a black circle with a silver fleur-de-lis that says “Scouting Ambassador.” This group of volunteers is working to make sure all adults and youth who want to keep Scouting into 2020 and beyond can do so.

Scouting Ambassadors in the Utah National Parks Council hold a unique position not found anywhere else in Scouting. The job is something of a blend between being a Scout advocate, helping the council marketing & membership team, and working as a new unit commissioner (all of these will be discussed in more detail in later posts). If you’re not a Scouting ambassador yet but would like to be one, contact us at help@utahscouts.org or fill out the survey here.

We also know that being a Scouting Ambassador can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help. We’ve put together the Scout Ambassador Tool Chest to give you all the information you need to succeed.

First, as a Scouting advocate, you should recall this message from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: “While the Church will no longer be a chartered partner of BSA or sponsor Scouting units after December 31, 2019, it continues to support the goals and values reflected in the Scout Oath and Scout Law and expresses its profound desire for Scouting’s continuing and growing success in the years ahead.” In another message to leaders this summer, the Church wrote: “Anyone who wishes to participate in Scouting may participate in Scouting groups in their local community.” That is exactly where you come in… there have to be packs, troops, and crews for these families to join.

This means you must not be shy about your passion for Scouting; the wording even suggests you should work toward the success of Scouting’s future. As an Ambassador for Scouting, you will be the new and ongoing face of Scouting helping to build connections between families and their new chartered organizations.

Also as successful Ambassadors, you will need to understand pack, troop and crew operations. This includes:

  1. Knowing your market
  2. Being able to make sales calls
  3. Building your packs, troops, and crews (units)
  4. Growing those units

Here are the links to the rest of the Scout Ambassador Tool Chest to help you know how to do just that:

SCOUT AMBASSADOR’s TOOLCHEST


1-Knowing your market 
• Finding Charter Partners 
Churches
Scouting provides outreach opportunities for your church
Scouting provides age-appropriate ministries
Scouting provides more leadership opportunities
Scouting rewards religious learning
The Scouting unit is church-owned and-operated.
Scouting teaches duty to and reverence for God
Civic and Community Organizations
Educational Partners
• Finding Youth Now
• Updating your pin on BeAScout.org

2-Making sales calls 
• Closing the Deal
• Delivering to Families

3-Building your unit (packs,
troops, and crews)

4- Growing your units 
• Quality Commissioner Service
• Spring/Fall Recruiting
• Social Media Tool for Marketing

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Maria Milligan
Has spent several years as a merit badge counselor, several summers as a waterfront director, and her whole life wishing she could do the Pinewood Derby with her 6 brothers. She joined the Utah National Parks Council as a Grant Writer to get her chance.

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