Communicating with Parents and Scouts

Good Communication -- Your Key to Success

What does it take to have a successful year of Scouting? First, you have to plan (and budget). But none of that matters if you aren't communicating your plan with parents and Scouts in your pack, troop, or crew. Good communication can stop problems before they start.

Make a Communications Plan!

By the end of August, every year, all packs, troops, and crews should have planned and budgeted for the upcoming year of Scouting. Once that happens, it should be communnicated to everyone in the pack, troop, or crew by the end of August.

Where should we start?

You can break it down into five simple steps.

  1. Gather contact info for everyone in the program.
  2. Choose one or two communications methods.
  3. Determine one or two people to communicate with everyone.
  4. Communicate consistently and frequently (depending on your program, this can be weekly, monthly, or quarterly).
  5. Ask parents and Scouts if they're happy with the quality of communications.

What are some recommended methods of communicating?

It's up to you, but here are some ideas:

  • emails
  • phone calls
  • texts
  • printed newsletters
  • Facebook
  • Shutterfly
  • Outlook
  • Google Calendars
  • Google Drive

What else do I need to know?

Check out the resources and samples to help. Remember, a Communications Plan is Guidepost Three of Journey!

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