Barry's Scouting Resource Page
In addition to the software listed above, I have extensively
used the "Print Shop Deluxe" products from Broderbund Software, Inc. with
great results. I have produced yearly and monthly calendars to hand
out at Pack meetings, business cards for all of our leaders and, I
feel most importantly, numerous certificates. Certificates are an
often overlooked way of saying "Thanks" to a parent that helped at
an activity or "Congratulations" to a Scout for a job well
We present certificates to our top five popcorn salesman, Scouts
who have had perfect attendance at den meetings or as additional
awards at a Pinewood Derby. Some of the categories that we use are:
Best Paint Job, Most Unique and Best Truck (or whatever our yearly
theme is to promote variety).
We also have our "Helping Hand" award and our "Unsung Hero"
awards for parents who help behind the scenes. Over the years, I
have heard many Scout leaders bemoan the fact that parents don't
get involved. From our experience, this awards "program" has helped
us get terrific parental involvement. We now have a set crew of 10
dads who are our Pinewood Derby committee and cover all aspects of
setting up and running the Derby. The Pack leaders just oversee the
operation. We also have a Popcorn "Kernel" that runs our popcorn
program. These have taken a tremendous burden off of the Pack
leadership and made it a better overall program for the Scouts.
Never overlook the importance of saying Thanks!
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