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Longhouse Council - Pathways - September 4, 2020
Vol. #2 Issue #29
Promote Scouting Using the Sept. 12th Family Fun Fest

The upcoming Family Fun Fest on September 12th is a GREAT way to actively promote Scouting and give families an opportunity to get a taste for the fun so they’ll want to join this year. You are a vital part of making sure families in your community know and are excited about the event; please help spread the word.
The Family Fun Fest site has been updated with details about the September 12th event and includes key details about the Family Fun Fest Pinewood Derby 500 race. Encourage your local families to register for the event for a chance to have their Pinewood Derby car race at the Texas Motor Speedway!
You can help by promoting the Sept 12th Family Fun Fest by:
  • Sharing promotional video, social posts and/or the Adventure Log on social channels and newsletters to encourage current families, Scouts and volunteers to invite friends to participate.
  • Reaching out to local media to offer tips to help local kids make their Pinewood Derby cars for the Pinewood Derby 500, also taking the opportunity to highlight key local activities available for families to welcome them into Scouting
Updated logos, photos, video, and other branded materials to promote the event are available on the BSA Brand Center. Thank you for your continued support as we all work together to drive increased interest in Scouting and support recruitment!
Win $500 Just By Updating Your BeAScout Pin
Updated BeAScout pins are crucial to the success of this recruiting season, and to help encourage units to take this vital step, we’re giving away some great prizes. Units that update their BeAScout pin anytime between June 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020, will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $500 Scout Shop Gift card, or one of five $100 Scout Shop Gift cards. See the full rules for the giveaway here.
For units that need help updating their pins, they can find a complete set of step-by-step instructions on how to update the BeAScout pin this guide, and/or this “Setting Up Your BeAScout Unit Pin” instructional video. As we move into join-Scouting season, now is the time to remind units to be Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, and Kind by doing a Good Turn and updating their pin so people who are looking for a great Scouting unit can find them!
Cub Scout Den Video Resources!
A New Way to Support Your Cub Scout Den Leaders!
Over the past couple months, staff, volunteers and community partners from more than 50 Councils across the United States have worked together to create Den Leader Resource videos for all required and elective adventures in the Cub Scouts program. These videos are available at for our Scouting volunteers and staff.
More than ever, Councils recognize the need, and they had time to create the resources to help Den Leaders provide consistent programming – whether in-person or virtual. We are excited to be able to highlight partnerships within Councils and give youth the chance to visit places across the country without leaving their den.
These videos can be used to support Den leaders in a variety of ways:
  • Watch before a Den meeting to gain background knowledge before working with the youth
  • Show during a virtual (or in-person) Den meeting to help guide a Den’s conversation and activities
  • Take Cub Scouts on a virtual visit to exclusive locations across the U.S.

This is not a “Den meeting in a video” and is not meant to replace the importance of a Den Leader and in-person (or virtual) meetings with youth of the same age.
There will be an email sent out to volunteers in three groups: Den Leaders, Cubmasters, and Commissioners. This email will help guide volunteers on how to access and use these videos to support the overall experience of being a youth in Cub Scouts and being a Cub Scout Den Leader.
Further Cub Scout Adventure Video training will be available after September 14th.
Take advantage of this FREE advertising program from National to advertise your Joining Event on Facebook. Please sign-up at least two weeks before your event. Contact your District Executive for more info.
Recruitment Plans, Resources & Supplies
We have lots of resources and supplies to help with your recruitment plans. We have fliers, parent guides, yard signs, and more in house. Other resources can be found in Marketing & Membership. You can find detailed plans and other ideas to help with recruitment. Looking for images or videos to use to excite families to join your program? The BSA Brand Center has everything you could want. Lastly there is the Council page that has resources from past years that are still useful.
This Week's Webinar
Good News! 
The Scout Shop is open 6 days a week
Monday – Friday 10-6 (closed 1:30-2 for lunch)
Saturday 10-2.
CLOSED for Labor Day.
For more information on events, training opportunities, and other activities happening in your district, visit your district webpage:

Other Dates of Interest
September 7th - Office Closed for Labor Day