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: I removed the double-redirect which eventually links the the article: [[Supporting_Struggling_Units]]. It seems to be reproduced below and would appear to be something of a sandbox for testing? Anyway the article is useful but the double redirect was messy. Hawkeye3, please free to delete the content if it is no longer needed here. [[User:Tedward|Tedward]] ([[User talk:Tedward|talk]]) 16:28, 17 October 2013 (EDT)
 
This document is mean to start a discussion of a process of how new groups can be started and how struggling groups can be effectively supported. Suggestions and edits are welcome.
 
This document is mean to start a discussion of a process of how new groups can be started and how struggling groups can be effectively supported. Suggestions and edits are welcome.
  

Latest revision as of 15:28, 17 October 2013

I removed the double-redirect which eventually links the the article: Supporting_Struggling_Units. It seems to be reproduced below and would appear to be something of a sandbox for testing? Anyway the article is useful but the double redirect was messy. Hawkeye3, please free to delete the content if it is no longer needed here. Tedward (talk) 16:28, 17 October 2013 (EDT)

This document is mean to start a discussion of a process of how new groups can be started and how struggling groups can be effectively supported. Suggestions and edits are welcome.

Finding in person support for struggling groups and to start new groups is difficult. Scouts Canada is largely a volunteer run organization. Finding time and resources to encourage growth is difficult. However, reusing volunteers who are already in place and performing roles could help to encourage growth and retention.

This plan is meant for Groups and Sections in areas where other groups and sections already exist close by. The term “unit” will be used instead of section / group.

Contents

Step 1 – Self-Identify Strong Units

Some groups and sections are blessed with strong and experienced leaders. Group Commissioners in consultation with Section Leaders should self-identify as being able to and interested in helping new units form.

Step 2 – Identify Community Partners

Look at local demographics. Where are the youth? Are there growing and young parts of your community? Where are the new schools being built? Those are areas where Scouting can grow.

Send Area Service Team Members to meet with local “Parent Council” groups, growing religious institutions, and community associations. Ask them for support in finding new leaders to start new groups.

Step 3 – Train the new leaders

Area Service Team Members conduct interviews and run new leaders through the new leader process. Ensure the new leaders are trained. Optimally, this will be done before Christmas.

Step 4 – Mentor New Leaders

Once new leaders are trained, leaders should be linked at the section level with leaders from strong groups. For instance:

  • New Group GC should be linked with the Strong Group GC
  • New Group Colony Leaders should be linked with the Strong Group Colony Leaders
  • Etc.

Leaders from the new groups should participate with the strong group activities. Have the new leaders learn from the experience of the leaders of the strong groups.

      • New leaders cannot and should not be recruited into the strong groups ***

Step 5 – Form New Groups

In the fall, give the new groups should be formed. However, support from strong groups should not end. For instance, through reciprocal visits on meeting nights, invitations to go camping, etc. support from strong groups can continue. Further, leaders can consider sharing planning meetings and sharing their plans.

Finally, during the initial stages of forming the new group, set dates to evaluate progress and plan to delink. Progress should be measured by both strong and new unit leaders. As with any plan, it can be adjusted as required.

Step 6 – Plan to Delink

Eventually, the new unit leaders will gain the required knowledge and experience. Plans should be made on how long the linking will last and how the linking will end. Just as it is important to plan the link and plan the learning, planning to delink will ensure that this is a “limited time engagement”.

Planning to Grow – Creating new units

Step 1 – Self-Identify Strong Units

Some groups and sections are blessed with strong and experienced leaders. Group Commissioners in consultation with Section Leaders should self-identify as being able to and interested in helping new units form.

Step 2 – Identify Community Partners

Look at local demographics. Where are the youth? Are there growing and young parts of your community? Where are the new schools being built? Those are areas where Scouting can grow.

Send Area Service Team Members to meet with local “Parent Council” groups, growing religious institutions, and community associations. Ask them for support in finding new leaders to start new groups.

Step 3 – Train the new leaders

Area Service Team Members conduct interviews and run new leaders through the new leader process. Ensure the new leaders are trained. Optimally, this will be done before Christmas.

= Step 4 – Mentor New Leaders

Once new leaders are trained, leaders should be linked at the section level with leaders from strong groups. For instance:

  • New Group GC should be linked with the Strong Group GC
  • New Group Colony Leaders should be linked with the Strong Group Colony Leaders
  • Etc.

Leaders from the new groups should participate with the strong group activities. Have the new leaders learn from the experience of the leaders of the strong groups.

      • New leaders cannot and should not be recruited into the strong groups ***

Step 5 – Form New Groups

In the fall, give the new groups should be formed. However, support from strong groups should not end. For instance, through reciprocal visits on meeting nights, invitations to go camping, etc. support from strong groups can continue. Further, leaders can consider sharing planning meetings and sharing their plans.

Finally, during the initial stages of forming the new group, set dates to evaluate progress and plan to delink. Progress should be measured by both strong and new unit leaders. As with any plan, it can be adjusted as required.

Step 6 – Plan to Delink

Eventually, the new unit leaders will gain the required knowledge and experience. Plans should be made on how long the linking will last and how the linking will end. Just as it is important to plan the link and plan the learning, planning to delink will ensure that this is a “limited time engagement”.