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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

Oregon Trail Council’s Vision 2025

Rob MacLuan

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Volunteers and staff of Oregon Trail Council are in the process of developing a strategic plan for our council through 2025. Four committees have been formed to help us in that process.

The four committees that have been formed have some objectives to help us grow Scouting in Oregon Trail Council into the 2025 calendar year. The first committee will take on an exciting task. Their objective is to help us find ways to double our membership by 2025. Marketing, social media, and word of mouth are key components to making that happen. 

The second committee’s objective is to evaluate the nine pieces of property that we have then decide on the future for those properties. Which ones do we invest heavily in, which ones do we leave as is, which ones can help us raise funds for the future of Scouting? Are there any that we need to divest ourselves of?  

The third committee is taking on the challenge of doubling our $5,000,000 endowment by 2025. That goal will help us put more money into program each year, as well as ensuring the future of Scouting in our council. 

The last committee, but certainly not the least important, is looking at our seven districts to see what districts in our council should look like. The goal of this committee is to make sure that we have active, fully staffed District Committees to support all our Packs, Troops, Crews, Posts, and Ships. We need to make sure that the district is built to be successful in that mission. We in Oregon Trail Council believe that Scouting has so much to offer youth and their families, we want to make sure that we are forward looking and ensuring that quality program continues to happen in our council. 

I do want to caution our Scouters to understand that we are in the beginning stages of this process. Nothing has been determined yet. The last thing we need is unsubstantiated rumors being spread about what is happening. If you want to know more about what is happening in this process, or want to be involved, please get a hold of me. I also want you all to know that the future of Scouting in Oregon Trail Council is bright. Ask Pack 46 in Winston who had at least 25 youth join Scouting recently. Ask Pack 124 in Brookings who had at least 16 youth join Scouting recently. These are just a couple of examples of the recruiting successes we have had this fall. In addition, we now have Scouting available in Bandon, Myrtle Point, and Yoncalla just to name a few. I am excited about what is happening in Scouting in Oregon Trail Council! I hope you are as well. Thank you all for that you do!!

 
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Tell Scouting's amazing story

Rob MacLuan

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One of the many, many things I love about Scouting is seeing all the amazing service that Scouting provides to the community. One of our challenges is that we don’t do a great job of telling the story of all our community involvement.   

We want our communities to know what we are doing to help. One of my favorite days during the year is Scouting for Food. I have had the privilege of being at the Scout Office the last several years and working alongside the Salvation Army and Rotary at this collection point. It is great to watch the leadership from the Salvation Army and how grateful they are when we load that truck and they head back to sort and distribute the food.

Does anybody besides the Salvation Army and Rotary know that we are helping? Sometimes, if we get media coverage. If not, most people don’t know. Does anybody know about all the Eagle projects that contribute countless numbers of hours to help the community? Most of the time they don’t. We owe it to ourselves to share the many positive stories that happen to benefit society.

One of the ways you can help tell that story is by ensuring we record the service hours we provide. To do that, go to our website at www.otcbsa.org , go to leaders and scroll down to “Log Service Hours”. If you haven’t been on the site before, you will need to create a user name and password.

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Another way you can help is by always putting Scouting out to the community. Talk about Scouting. Find out what the communities needs are. We can help. Just recently I met with someone associated with Beta Theta Pi fraternity. A fraternity that has a motto of “Developing Men of Principle for a Principled Life”. This individual is working to reestablish the fraternity at the University of Oregon.

They disbanded their chapter here years ago when many fraternities were not focusing on being positive influences in their communities. During our conversation it became clear to me that their goal is to develop young men to be positive influences in their communities throughout their lifetime. Sound familiar? Sounds like Scouting except for now we do that for young men and young women. One of the ways they do so is by providing advisors for all their chapter officers. Hmmm, kind of like we do with the Order of the Arrow.

They asked me if we could get word out that they are looking for advisors to help. I said we could do that. I then asked them if they could help us at the distribution point for Scouting for Food. They said they are more than willing to help. They are also willing to help us in other ways that we might need their support. Organizations working together to benefit the community. Isn’t that the way it should work?

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By the way, if you want to know more about helping Beta Theta Pi, please give me a call and I will get you connected. Thank you for being part of Scouting and providing great opportunities for our Scouts!

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!