Front Line Stuff
Edited by Mark Ray
Building Stronger Chartered Organization Relationships
Scouter B.P.’s troop has almost no contact with its chartered organization representative despite issuing regular invitations to events and committee meetings. He asked for fresh ways to improve chartered organization relations.
Reach out to your COR (chartered organization representative) and the organization’s executive officer. Invite them to annual dinners, courts of honor, and special meetings. Put them on your mailing list. Arrange for a charter presentation. Follow up invitations with a phone call; if the answer is no, ask for a substitute. Keep it up. Either someone will show up, or you may find that the organization has appointed a new COR.
I keep strong ties by giving our chartered organization a “State of the Pack” address each February. I discuss current enrollment, activities, the number of boys advancing and earning religious awards, fund-raising and operational concerns.
You can’t force anyone to be involved, but by keeping them informed, you give them the option of being as involved as they want to be.
Ask your COR how he or she would like to participate and how your Scouts can become involved in activities for the chartered organization. Many times doing service work for the chartered organization will satisfy advancement requirements.
We invite the pastor from our chartered organization to pray before each pack meeting and to attend special events such as our blue and gold banquet. When our boys work on their religious emblems, we invite her to check the kids off by asking questions from a question bank and to attend our finish celebration.
For Scout Sunday each year we invite the pack, their parents, and the district executive for a morning program and worship. We get a turnout from the church at the pinewood derby. This makes for a bigger cheering section and is lots of fun for all.
Ask the COR to attend a New Leader Essentials training session and provide him or her a copy
If your chartered organization is part of a larger group, such as a church denomination, become familiar with that organization’s relationship with Scouting. For example, the United Methodist Church offers specific guidance, available through the National Association of United Methodist Scouters: www.naums.org.
Chartered Organization Representative R.G.F. II
Ask the chartered organization head to select someone with Scouting experience. Get him or her involved and trained. Have your chartered organization request regular reports by the COR.
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