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BSA membership fee increased to $24; what does your $24 get you ...

BSA membership fee increased to $24; what does your $24 get you ... | BSA Volunteers | Scoop.it
“The Boy Scouts of America will increase its annual membership fee for youth and adults to $24 from $15, beginning Jan. ...”
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Volunteer Outcomes Study

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A study conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by the Boy Scouts of America. The benefits to adults of volunteering in Scouting. In the BSA: how effectively is the Scouting program being delivered in the district/council? Which of the benefits observed in this study are/are not being observed in the district/council?

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Informal Volunteer Recognition: Creating a Culture of Appreciation

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Everyone Ready self-instruction guide by John Lipp; tips, principles, and other resources for creating a culture of appreciation. Part of a course offered throug EveryoneReady.info. In the BSA: what kind of culture has the district/council's combination of informal/formal recognition and appreciation/recognition created? 

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Know the Facts: BSA Ineligible Volunteer Files

The Boy Scouts of America refuses to compromise on the safety of our youth. As part of our comprehensive screening and youth protection efforts, prompt reporting of inappropriate conduct with youth is required of all Scout leaders. The BSA records such allegations in the Ineligible Volunteer Files—whether or not the adults involved were Scout leaders or the youth involved were Scouts. By being proactive and acting upon many kinds of information—including tips and hearsay that cannot be proven in a court of law—the BSA has successfully kept dangerous or potentially dangerous individuals, as well as inappropriate role models, out of our organization. 

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Amid the resources on principles and best practices in adult recruitment, there is a reality check known as the ineligible volunteer files. This is Scouting's official statement about the files, why they are maintained, and how they benefit the youth that Scouting serves. 

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Myths and Facts about Partnerships between Adults and Youth by Deborah Fisher

Myths and Facts about Partnerships between Adults and Youth by Deborah Fisher | BSA Volunteers | Scoop.it
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This summary by Deborah Fisher's about myths and facts in volunteerism needs more citations for content sources, but presents interesting points of view on commonly held notions.

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Volunteer Power: How to Motivate Volunteers

How to Motivate Volunteers

The Top Motivation and Retention Winners

 

by Thomas W. McKee

A humorous and effective training game that I often have participants play is the feedback game. I have the participants line up on an imaginary line in the training room. I mark one end of the line as January 1st and the other end of the line December 31st. Then I ask the participants to get up out of their seats (this works great when we have a class of about 25 students) and line up on that line according to the day and month of their birthday in relationship to everyone else in the room. The only rule is that they cannot communicate to anyone about their birthdays. They can only guess.

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Discussion by Thomas McKee about motivation and volunteerism. In the BSA: What kind of positive feedback is offered to district/council volunteers. How diligently do leaders adhere to recognition programs within the BSA? What kinds of growth/training opportunities are volunteers given? What role do simple things, such as food or fun activities, play in motivating district/council volunteers?

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Measuring the Difference Volunteers Make: A Guide for Evaluating Volunteer Programs

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Evaluation is a critical component in any program or organization. This guide, produced by the Minnesota Dept. of Human Resources, outlines step by step information on evaluating volunteer management programs. In the BSA, when a formal evluation of volunteer recruitment is needed, consult this guidebook for a general overview of the process. 

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World Volunteer Web: 16 Tips in Recruiting Adult Volunteers

Successful recruitment of older adults requires a well-thought out plan, including consideration of desirable characteristics, motivation, fears, recruitment message, relationship building, and timing.
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16 tips on volunteer recruitment, by Jason Scott. In the BSA - Tip #3: What barriers exist in the district/council? Tip #15: Which protections currently exist in the district/council (may or may not be routinely observed) to avoid "warm body" syndrome? Which of these tips are not already included in BSA's volunteer recruitment guidelines?

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25 Ways to Catch and Keep Volunteers

25 Ways to Catch and Keep Volunteers | BSA Volunteers | Scoop.it
Is your parent group looking for new volunteers? Here are tips to lure them in, keep them happy, and avoid the pitfalls that will keep them from coming back.
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A list of 25 tips for recruiting and keeping volunteers (provided by PTO Today). What volunteers love and hate, what keeps them motivated, how to find them, and how to get the most out of volunteers.

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Selecting District People

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BSA guide to the selection of district volunteers. Outlines six fundamental steps of BSA recruitment procedure: define responsibilities, select and recruit, orient and train, coach volunteers, recognize achievement, and evaluate performance. 

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Digi-development: exploring the potential of online volunteering

Digi-development: exploring the potential of online volunteering | BSA Volunteers | Scoop.it
Websites now exist to connect poor communities with a problem to individuals with a solution, anywhere in the world. But are they effective?
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Is there a place for online volunteerism in the BSA? How much of the BSA program can be delivered online? Can this help social leaders in rural areas as they work to help youth make ethical decisions? 

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Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration

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Publication developed by the Association for Volunteer Administration and published by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration; designed to guide volunteer administrators through the process of making ethical decisions. In the BSA: Associate the philosophical statements in the Program Components sections with the values in the Scout Oath and Law.

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Volunteer Recognition

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As a movement whose leadership is overwhelmingly volunteer, the Boy Scouts of America recognizes the importance of acknowledging the invaluable services that men and women render to youth. Of the hundreds of awards that the BSA presents each year to those on the local council, regional, and national levels, the Silver Buffalo, Silver Antelope, Silver Beaver, andSilver World awards are the most prestigious. Although the criteria are different for each of these awards, there is one common thread: The recognitions are granted by one's own peers in Scouting for distinguished service to youth. Other BSA awards, by comparison, are granted only to those who have completed a prescribed course of study or have participated in special training sessions.

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List of formal recognition available to Scouting volunteers.

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Budget-conscious Volunteer Recognition Ideas

Budget-conscious Volunteer Recognition Ideas | BSA Volunteers | Scoop.it
National Volunteer Recognition Week is April 21-27. Volunteer recognition need not be an expensive affair if you are creative and willing to do some work.
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Money is often tight in the district/council; use these ideas to jumpstart ideas for inexpensive recognition. Notice how many of the ideas are formal vs informal. In the BSA, consider the impact of each idea on the district/council's balance between recognition and appreciation.

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Recognizing Volunteers

Volunteers should be recognized for their contributions to the organization, the clients and the paid staff. This serves not only to satisfy basic human needs but also to motivate volunteers to continue their involvement.
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Thoughtful discussion from the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service about volunteer recognition: The merits of recognition, the impact of recognition on motivation, extrinsic vs. instrinsic recognition, informal vs formal recognition, and important considerations about recognizing people. In the BSA: Our program includes many forms of formal, extrinsic recognition for volunteers, but how does the district council offer intrinsic, informal recognition? In what ways can/has the personal touch on recognition mentioned by the author affect volunteer recruitment and retention efforts in the council?

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Volunteer Training and Professional Development Article: Adults as Self-learners

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Find the section about adults who self-learn. Whether it is preparing unit meeting plans, participating in online leader specific training, or writing and completing Wood Badge tickets, the concept of self-learning should be central to the work of Scouting. In the BSA: what is the current role of self-learning in the district/council? How can this level be changed for the better? What are the barriers and what will facilitate change?

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Successful Strategies for Recruiting, Training, and Utilizing Volunteers: A Guide for Faith- and Community-Based Service Providers

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Guidebook for volunteer recruitment published by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

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101 Secrets for Volunteer Recruitment

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A very extensive list of tips for successful volunteer recruitment. List compiled by members of the Volunteer Match community. In the BSA: Take one of these tips daily, read it, consider it, and judge the merit of the tip against current practices. 

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Recruiting Volunteers

What does it mean to recruit volunteers for your organization? Recruiting volunteers means asking people to work in your organization without pay. You can recruit them formally (asking them to fill out application forms, offering them a job title, etc.) or informally (by asking your sister to help build an agency float, for instance), or anything in between. You might need volunteers for a specific task at a specific time, or in a much more general role, for any help they can give. Recruitment does not have any set time limits -- you might recruit for a certain event, for a certain block of time such as six months, or for an indefinite period. It is helpful to seek volunteers who reflect the diversity found in the community, and who have ties with other community groups or agencies. ...for more, click on the title above.
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Community Tool Box chapter on recruiting volunteers. Answers questions about what volunteer recruitment means, why it might be an option for an organization, when recruitment should happen, and what the basic steps entail. In the BSA, one of the basic steps highlights the importance of understand voluteerism history in the orgnaization. How well do leaders in the district/council understand the reasons why volunteers have joined the Scouting movement? In which other ways can the district/council recruit in context?

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Volunteer Retention and Feelings of Connection

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Insightful and thorough discussion of the need volunteers have to feel connected; administrative dos and don'ts when working with volunteers. In the BSA: Noting the common pitfalls discussed by Rick Lynch in this article, identify (a) those mistakes which have been made in the district/council and (b) those mistakes that are likely to happen.

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Nonprofit Volunteers: Top Five Tips to Keep Them Coming | Nolo.com

Nonprofit Volunteers: Top Five Tips to Keep Them Coming | Nolo.com | BSA Volunteers | Scoop.it
Keeping nonprofit volunteers around for more than a few shifts can be a challenge. Learn the tricks to creating a loyal volunteer corps.
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In the BSA: Which of these tips are actively practiced in your Scout unit? Which have been violated and cost you one or more volunteers?

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How to Build Your Prospect List

How to Build Your Prospect List | BSA Volunteers | Scoop.it
How to find good prospects, build a prospect list, and define your donor universe.
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Discussion of closeness and affinity in non-profit fund-raising. In the BSA: If closeness is relationships increases odds of receiving monetary contributions, what role will it in play in recruiting volunteers in BSA? If affinity predisposes a person to certain opportunities, how will you identify volunteers with an affinity to programs like ours?

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Guest column: Parents as partners - making a difference in education - Sun Post

Guest column: Parents as partners - making a difference in education - Sun Post | BSA Volunteers | Scoop.it
MARY WOLVERTON - GUEST COLUMNIST For decades the Anoka-Hennepin School District has been a strong proponent of parent involvement in all pre K-12 programming.
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Parental volunteerism helps schools connect with and encourage effective home learning environments. In the BSA: What volunteer roles are parents given in units to help them understand the three-fold purpose of Scouting and connect with their child's experiences?

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10 Low Cost Ways to Develop Volunteer Leaders - Tobi's Nonprofit Management Blog

10 Low Cost Ways to Develop Volunteer Leaders - Tobi's Nonprofit Management Blog | BSA Volunteers | Scoop.it
If mastery, autonomy and purpose are keys to motivation, there is no better way to motivate volunteers than through leadership programs that allow volunteers to experience all three.
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Principles for successful volunteer development even in situations when few resources are available. In the BSA: Which of the 10 suggestions are a good fit for your district/council? How does Tobi's definition of leadership (organize a group to action) align with the values of the Scout Oath and Law?

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