2015 District Award Recipients

The Three Rivers District held our annual District Dinner on Saturday, March 19th, 2016.  We would like to congratulate the following Scouters for their outstanding service to our youth.

Cub Scouter of the Year (large unit) – Jimmy Zinn
Cub Scout Spark Plug – Michelle Driscoll
Cub Scout Committee Member – Lynn Keller
Boy Scout Committee Member – Rachel Grimstead
Honor Pack – Pack 6
Honor Troop – Troop 259
District Committee Member of the Year – Robert Zastrow
Commissioner of the Year – Wayne Abernathy
District Award of Merit – Darrell Keller, 2 Awards TBA

Day Camp Leader’s Guide

The Day Camp Leader’s Guide is now available.  The theme for this year’s Day Camp is CSI (Cub Scout Investigators).

Three Rivers is hosting two camps, one in Portsmouth and one in Great Bridge.  The Portsmouth camp, led by Christian Tynch, will be June 20-24, 3PM-9PM, at the Coast Guard Base.  The Great Bridget camp, led by Ed Davis, will be June 27-July 1, 8:30AM-4:15PM, at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church.  More information about the Day Camp locations can be found below in the Leader’s Guide.

Day Camp Location Information | PDF

Leader’s Guide | PDF

Be A Scout Success Story

Two years ago during a meeting with National’s Membership representative, Garfield Murden, Tidewater Council agreed to utilize the Be A Scout program in an effort to properly record and provide instant notification to our units of interested families. This required each unit to set up a “Unit PIN” to include unit details, websites, etc. as well as identify three points of contact who would receive and act upon the membership leads. By setting a goal of contacting the interested parents at 72 hours, our units were able to reach out in a timely manner, and provide great service to our future Scouting families. Prior to utilizing BAS, this process was delayed, referrals not passed on in a timely manner, and many getting lost in the shuffle. Our success rate during that time equated to only being able to contact 50% of those leads, and of those contacted, only 25% actually joined. These numbers were comparative to National’s statistics.

The chart below tracks how we have progressed over the last two years with BAS in the Three Rivers District.

Year                                      2014                       2015

Leads                                    111                         136

Test                                       67

Net                                        105                         129

Contact Made*                      65 – 61.9%             106 – 82.17%     63% improvement vs 2014

Joined                                   41 – 63.08%           70 – 66.04%       70% improvement vs 2014

* Actually talked to, exchanged emails, visited units, etc

As you can see from the above results, BAS has proved to be a great tool in bringing new youth to the Scouting Family but it takes work! Is your Unit PIN set correctly? As recharters are processed, contacts change and could result in your Unit PIN being directed to Council by default Do your Unit POC’s know how to respond to the Unit Lead inquiry, update the lead to “contacted” in BAS, and notify the other unit leaders of their action taken? Does your unit respond to the lead within 72 hours and invite the family to a future meeting? Does your unit compile a list of Unit Leads and follow up after the initial phone call? Does your unit have a Membership Chair?

If your unit has any questions concerning BAS, Unit PINS, or has any Membership concerns, the Three Rivers Membership Committee can assist!

Please Contact, Chuck Kelley, Three Rivers Membership Chair: bsakelley@verizon.net or 757-803-7841

Three Rivers District Dinner – March 19, 2016

The 2016 District Dinner will be March 19, 2016.

Doors open at 6:00PM, Dinner at 6:30PM.

Location : Greenbrier Presbyterian Church, 1100 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Cost: $15.00

Reservation Deadline: March 15, 2016

Please mark this on your calendars so you can plan on attending.  Join us in celebrating our success in 2015 and recognizing our outstanding volunteers.

Registration Flyer | PDF

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