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Buckskin Council Courier

The Buckskin Council Courier is our quarterly newsletter, and is full of information for upcoming events at both the Council and District levels.

You can read the latest edition here.


Retention is receiving a lot of attention these days. National BSA has started to track this indicator and
there is good reason. Retention measures how many Scouts stay in the program from one year to the next. It
most directly affects membership growth, but the underlying cause of good or bad retention can be found
in many areas.

The most obvious reason would seem to be a good quality program. If Scouts are having fun, and their
parent’s perceive good value in their sons participating in Scouting, then they are much more likely to continue
through the next year in Scouting. But there are many, many influencers in the quality of a Scouting
program. Trained leaders, robust advancement, exciting outdoor program, weekend camping, long term
camping, recognition, good weekly meetings, and quality adult role models are some of the most important

Why is retention important? Because we know for a fact that the longer a boy stays in Scouting, the more positive attributes he acquires.
Scouts who are in for 5 or more years benefit more from the character development, citizenship training and physical and mental fitness
that is Scouting. Also with increased tenure comes a more positive view of Scouting, which helps in recruiting.

Take a little time in your world of Scouting to look at ways to improve the retention of Scouts in Scouting. Focus on one or more of the
above listed influencers that you can help improve in your Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or Venture Crew. The Scouts will benefit
from your effort.

Good Scouting to you and yours,

Jeffrey L. Purdy
Scout Executive

Archive [PDF]

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Volume 6 - January 2015
Volume 5 - December 2014
Volume 6 - November (Coming Soon)
Volume 3 - October 2014
Volume 2 - September 2014
Volume 1 - August 2014

Older Editions
Volume 10.5 - June, July 2014
Volume 10 - May 2014
Volume 9 - April 2014
Volume 8 - March 2014
Volume 7 - February 2014
Volume 6 - January 2014
Volume 5 - December 2013
Volume 4 - November 2013
Volume 3 - October 2013
Volume 2 - September 2013
Volume 1 - August 2013
Vol. 10 - May, July, August 2013

Newsletter Volunteers

     Volunteers are the heart of scouting, and in the Buckskin Council we have a group who quietly serve you by making sure the newsletters and other key communications are prepared, labeled and mailed. We always look forward to seeing these volunteers in the council office, and we think it is important to let our leaders know who these folks are so you can thank them when you see them!

The person who leads the charge is Bonnie Starling!

The Courier March helpers were, Art Altman, Phil Gaarenstrom, Jack Robertson, Carleton Starr and Grace Tolbert.

The Newsletter is folded on the last Tuesday of each
month, between August and May, starting around 8:30 and ending around noon.

If you would like to join this great group of people, call the Scout Service Center at 304-340-3663 and let us know. We would greatly appreciate your help.

Boy Scouts of America 2829 Kanawha Blvd. East Charleston, WV 25311
Phone 304-340-3663    Fax 304-925-0533

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