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Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Council News

From our Council Commissioner

From our Council Commissioner

Volunteerism in the Nation’s leading youth-serving organization


Wow!  What an exciting time to be involved in Scouting as we expand to serve the entire family.

Earlier this year Cub Scouting expanded to include girls and next February, Boy Scouting will begin providing opportunities to girls as well.  We’re finding many of the girls joining Cubs aren’t coming from previous Scouting families, which indicates a real interest in what Scouting has to offer.

With this expansion, comes more opportunities to volunteer and we all know this organization is fully dependent on volunteers.

First and foremost is stepping up at the unit level.  Lion and Tiger Partners are often the first opportunities where parents volunteer in Scouting.  Pack Committees, Den Leaders and other Cub Scout leadership positions depend on those parents to fill in as their children move up each year.

As Webelos cross-over into Boy Scouts, parents can “cut the apron strings” and let their kids learn leadership skills within their Troops.  Troop Committees are always in need of parents to share the load and support a successful unit.

So, you’ve volunteered at the unit level and want to expand your horizons?  Have you considered supporting your District?  How about Council committees?  Scouting depends on volunteers at all levels to deliver the program.  Please don’t wait to be asked.  Get to know your District leadership.  Let your District Executive, Chairman and Commissioner know where your interests lie.  Even if it’s to support a short-term event or activity like Scouting For Food, every District can use your help.

Personally, I like Commissioner Service.  What better way to give back than to use your experience at the unit level to help struggling Packs or Troops succeed.  After all, it’s only an hour a week…


Jim Stratford
Central Florida Council Commissioner

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