Organizing a New Unit:
Scouting in your Islamic Center / Masjid
How to Start a Scouts Unit?
Scouting serves an important role in the Islamic community. Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews operated by Islamic organizations can be found in major cities throughout the United States.
Allaho Akber Award by the Islamic Council on Scouting to the institution head:
Islamic Council on Scouting through its National Islamic Committee on Scouting will present to your institution head to recognize his or her services to scouting by organizing at least two Units in their organization.
SUPPORTING METERIAL BY THE BSA, AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST:
This publication details each of the 12 steps in organizing a new Scouting unit.
The Boy Scouts of America provides quality youth programs through over 300 local councils that directly support organizations that operate Scouting units. Use this locator to obtain contact information for the local council service center in your area.
The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.
Use your organization's letter to help strengthen support for Scouting within your local membership.
Each of these kits contains step-by-step instructions and resource materials for organizing a new unit with a specific organization.
Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age).
Boy Scouting is available to boys who are 11 through 17 years old. The program achieves the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness.
Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age.
The William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award is presented to recognize volunteers who organize one or more traditional Scouting units
HOW TO OVER COME THE OBJECTION?
We already have a youth program.
It’s great that your organization cares about its youth (and the youth of the community). Scouting is ideal to work hand in hand with existing programs to enhance what you currently offer. Not only are our goals/values compatible, but our methods can/will work well with what you do. Scouting can bring programs and facilities to you to make a good program even better.
We tried Scouting once and it didn’t work.
What do you feel was the reason? (Explore – look for the biggies – lack of organization/commitment, uncommitted or poor leaders, lack of training, lack of vision, poor support from district/council/BSA.) Address each issue:
Organizational Commitment – Starts at the top – the strong commitment of your (head, board, etc.) will be contagious. Leaders – Use selection, not recruiting – get often and get the very best in organization (after all, it’s your program), train them and then support them! Vision – Be creative about how to serve the youth of the organization; have a community dream and then implement the dream. BSA Issues – Assume it won’t happen again – promise and deliver.
We don’t have any youth in our organization.
Scouting provides a means for your organization to become known in the community, especially among families with children of Scout age. It’s great advertising and community goodwill. In addition, the Scouting program is a tremendous tool to outreach into the community and give people an opportunity to become a part of your organization.
We cannot afford Scouting.
The ninth point of the Scout Law states: A Scout is thrifty – he learns to pay his own way. We teach that Scouts and units should pay their own way. We provide the opportunities for troops to raise money for their use. The only cost to the chartered organizations is a charter fee of $20.
We don’t have any space in our building for them to meet.
I understand how you feel; others have also felt that way. We have found that many are able to identify classroom meeting areas as possible meeting places for the Scouting program. Additionally, several organizations have used the resources of their members or employees to provide meeting space for meetings. The other potential solution is that of a joint chartered organization to charter the Scouting program.
No one knows anything about the Scouting program.
Many of our very best leaders have started out
We don’t agree with several of the Boy Scout stands on membership.
We feel that as a private organization we have a right to establish our membership
requirements. I thank you for your time, but I feel that there’s nothing further we can do at this time to help you.
We cannot charter a Scouting program because we have no leaders.
The BSA has a process to help you choose leaders. The process involves listing the
characteristics required for a leadership position and then identifying individuals who fit those characteristics.
knowing little or nothing about the Scouting program. Our council provides various training courses throughout the year, roundtables and self-study materials. Subjects include outdoor skills and other topics. We also provide volunteer support for leaders to help them provide a high-quality program.
We cannot charter a Scouting program because our youth are mostly from single parent families.
One of the strengths of the Scouting program is its ability to include and serve a variety of family configurations. In fact, Scouting is particularly helpful to youth from single parent families.
No one has time to be a leader.
It's important that you find the time; if you don't, there are people on the streets who will find the time to spend with your child, and they may not be the type or kind of people you want your child to be around. Scouting has a program that brings families together, consisting of family camping, religious awards, etc.
Liability is a major concern of our organization.
The general liability policy issued to the Boy Scouts of America provides primary liability
insurance coverage for all chartered organizations and participating organizations for
liability arising out of their chartering of a traditional Scouting unit. Your $20 charter fee
covers your organization with the liability insurance provided by the BSA.
If all above wont work still say thank you. InchAlla, we will be back when ever you need the program.
STEPS TO SUCCESS
Organizing a Unit at a Islamic Center, Masjid
or any Muslim Establishment Organization
__________ 1. Review the brochure Scouting and the Islamic Community and the Fact Sheet prior to making an appointment.
__________ 2. Contact the Imam / President of the Islamic organization or Islamic Center for an appointment.
__________ 3. Make a sales call on the Local/Regional/National Islamic Committee key person for referral.
__________ 4. The congregation adopts Scouting and the head of the organization appoints a
chartered organization representative.
__________ 5. The chartered organization representative appoints an organizing committee of parents and interested congregation members. They meet to discuss the next step and complete the New-Unit Application.
__________ 6. The organizing committee selects and recruits key leaders and committee
__________ 7. Train leaders in program planning (Fast Start).
__________ 8. Plan program for at least the first six months.
__________ 9. Recruit youth members and orient parents.
__________ 10. Complete the paperwork and submit it to the council office.
__________ 11. Start unit meetings.
__________ 12. Install the unit and formally present The Charter
FOLLOW THE 12 STEP
HOW TO ORGANIZE NEW UNIT
FIRST: Identify the Prospect .
District leaders identify a community organization prospect with the potential to operate a unit after researching the youth market and considering the most promising community organizations.
SECOND: Approach the Prospect .
An influential Scouter or the District Executive makes an appointment to meet with the head of the community organization or top leadership group in the organization after researching the organization and determining how Scouting can help meet its needs.
THIRD: Make the sales call.
The District Executive and the unit organizer or other influential Scouter meet with the head or top leaders of the community organization to sell them on how Scouting can help meet the needs of the organization and to obtain the willingness of the organization’s leaders to establish a unit.
FOURTH: Organization adopts the program.
The organization formally adopts the Scouting program, confirms the appointment of a chartered organization representative, and appoints an organizing committee.
FIVE: Organizing committee meets.
The organizing committee and the new-unit organizer meet to plan the next steps for establishing the unit and complete the new-unit application. A commissioner is assigned by the district to assist the unit.
SIX: Select and recruit key leaders.
Using BSA selection procedures, the organizing committee selects and recruits unit leaders and confirms unit committee members, and the community organization approves all unit adults.
SEVEN: Train the leaders.
Unit leaders complete Fast Start training and are invited to the next basic training course and the next district round table.
EIGHT: Plan and organize the program .
New unit leaders are trained in program planning and the first month’s program is developed.
NINTH: Recruit youth members and orient parents.
Recruit youth members, hold an orientation meeting for parents and youth, and select/recruit additional adults as needed.
TENTH: Complete the paper work.
Complete all adult and youth applications, collect necessary fees, and submit with new-unit application to the council service center.
ELEVNTH: Conduct first unit meeting.
Unit leaders begin youth Meetings with the coaching of their unit commissioner.
TWELVTH: Follow up.
The unit is installed with a presentation of the charter to the chartered organization.
Do not delete any steps, although some steps may be accomplished at the same time without regard to suggested sequence.
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