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2525 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Eugene, OR, 97401
United States

5414854433

Oregon Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America serves more than 5,000 youth, supported by over 2,500 adults in over 400 units. It includes 7 districts in 6 counties covering Western Oregon including communities like Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, Roseburg, and Coos Bay. Scouts are also served along the Oregon Coast is covered from Lincoln City to Brookings. 

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Scout Executive's Minute

It’s summer, that means it’s time to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Rob MacLuan

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In Scouting we have so many opportunities for young people to do just that in and around the beautiful state of Oregon.

Summertime in Oregon means plenty of chances for our Scouts to take advantage of the great outdoors in one of the most scenic parts of the country. We owe it to our Scouts to ensure they can take advantage of those opportunities. Another thing we owe to our Scouts is to make sure that we do so in a safe environment. That is why I am asking all our leaders to make sure that we are familiar with, and have a copy of, the Guide to Safe Scouting. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf

As our Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh says:

Commit yourself to creating a safe and healthy environment by:

• Knowing and executing the BSA program as contained in our publications

• Planning tours, activities, and events with vigilance using the tools provided

• Setting the example for safe behavior and equipment use during program

• Engaging and educating all participants in discussions about hazards and risks

• Reporting incidents in a timely manner

As previously stated, we want to take advantage of the many different experiences we have available to us. Our priority needs to be ensuring the safety of all our Scouts and leaders.

Thank you for being part of Scouting and creating an exciting and safe experience for every participant!

 
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Marketing Scouting in Oregon Trail Council

Rob MacLuan

Marketing Scouting in Oregon Trail Council

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Scouters, we all know the benefits of the Scouting program and what it does to help shape our young men and young women. If we didn’t believe in the program, we wouldn’t be involved. Unfortunately, those not involved in Scouting only know what they hear from others. Sometimes that ends up being the media. All too often the media only reports on the negative stories that come out about Scouting. They want to sell, sell, sell, and they feel that the sensational stories sell best. We want people to see the positive stories of Scouting and how it molds young people into our future leaders. You can help!

We, as Scouters, need to tell the positive stories that are happening in Scouting. Whether that happens to be telling those stories to our neighbors, or through social media, radio, TV, or newspapers. Sometimes our families and/or units have a better opportunity to get that information to the media. How often do we hear about the latest and greatest Eagle Project, about Scouting for Food, or how we put flags out for Memorial Day? Are those stories in the media? Usually not.

I am asking all of you to be ambassadors of Scouting. Tell those stories. People just don’t know about them if we don’t share. I would also ask that when you hear people sharing misinformation about Scouting with others, that you correct them. An example is somebody saying that Scouts BSA is a coed program. No, it is not. We need to let them know that female and male Scout BSA participants can do activities together but are in separate units.

I guess what I am saying is that I believe Scouting is the best youth development program out there. I want to tell everybody how much I love the program and that it has so much to offer to our youth and families. I am asking you to do the same. The Boy Scouts of America has been around for almost 110 years and I know it will be around for 110 more. I just don’t want people that are not involved in the program deciding our future for us. Stand up and be heard! Let people know that you love the Scouting program, like I do!

Let’s tell those positive stories!

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Thank you!