Adding Discipline to Your Planning

Big things are in store for the BSA in 2013, from the launch of the new TV show “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?” on the National Geographic Channel, to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit. On the local level, I’m sure the same can be said of your council and its programs. No matter what you have planned for the new year, the secret to success is the same: developing a well-thought-out plan, followed by disciplined execution. What are some of the things your council does to add discipline to your plans, particularly in the areas of recruitment and retention? Please use the comments function below to share your thoughts. See you next month!

6 thoughts on “Adding Discipline to Your Planning

  1. Cannot open the TV part.

    Yours in Scouting,

    Alyssa Gellman-Fabel Scout Shop Manager (609) 261-5850, x 19 Fax (609) 261-5682


  2. In 2013 field staff and mangers within the Cascade Pacific Council, Portland OR will be applying the Sandler training model of the “Recipe Cookbook” to areas of fundraising and membership growth.

    Many thanks,
    Anna LaPointe
    Development Director

  3. Great to see you and visit with you at our California Staff Planning Conference! We started our 2013 planning with a strong dose of Jim Collins’ Good To Great. We’ll continue our focused discipline with Great by Choice. Many thanks for the insight and inspiration. Here’s to a great 2013!

  4. Chief, our council begin its 2013 membership prep work in December by holding a council and district goal setting workshop. This workshop led to district key 4 (district chair, district commissioner, district program chair, and district executive) buy-in. We reviewed our 2012 plan and looked at what worked and areas where we could improve. Our council has had six years of membership growth, of which the last two years included double digit growth. Each year we have tweaked our membership plan by adding new ideas and initiatives to our volunteer led and professionally guided approach. This year we are incorporating a all-market initiative targeting the under-served areas of our council and a monthly membership growth opportunity for each district. We are also continuing our Full Family of Scouting initiative and Faith-Based initiative which we launched last year. We are going to track our progress monthly and empower our unit leaders and district membership teams by providing them the tools and resources to achieve gold in our Journey to Excellence.

    Ernie Gonzalez
    Chief Operating Officer
    Yucca Council, BSA

  5. Does anyone have any innovative ideas on how to incorporate family presentations into Exploring units?

    Many thanks,

    Amanda Oldham
    Exploring Executive
    Middle Tennessee Council

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