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Scouting for the Homeschooled

Welcome! This site is devoted to the many families who homeschool and who also participate in scouting with the Boy Scouts of America.

Scout Oath

On my honor,
I will do my best
to do my duty,
to God and my Country,
to obey the scout law,
help other people at
all times,
to keep myself
physically strong,
mentally awake,
and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

LINKS:

Links within this site:

Homeschooled Scouts
Home Page

Scouting For the Homeschooled: 2002

Scouting for the Homeschooled: 2001 Conference materials

Conference Outline

Conference Poster

Philmont Pictures

Tent City Photos

Western Night Photos

The Duck Pond!

The Villa and Grounds


Other Links of Interest:

Merit Badge.com
Offers many scout related ideas!


Custom stained glass - specializing in awards & recognition plaques for scouters.


Hoagy's Home Page

Grassroots Homeschoolers


Updated 1/12/03

The following information was compiled from the 2001 Scouting for the Homeschooled Conference.

Many thanks to Jesse Knapp and Sarah Nunez for sharing this information.

Homeschool Scouting To Do List

This document is intended as a guide to active scouters who are homeschooling their children or for experienced scouters who are interested in recruiting homeschool youth into Scouting. These action items are ordered in a manner most likely to result in success. It is important for anyone undertaking this process to recognize the structure, philosophy and historical perspective of Scouting. The BSA has established a council committee structure recognizing the diversity of America's beliefs, associations, and educational ideology. Homeschool youth are part of the total available scouting population and you seek support for homeschool youth to participate in the Scouting program. Remember that the homeschooled population is an untapped source for potential scouts who will participate in the Scouting program.

  • Seek to identify the home school population in your area. Gather facts and figures to quantify the numbers of youth of scouting age in your locality.
    • Contact local homeschool support groups, co-ops and state homeschool associations for numbers of groups, families and youth of scouting age.
    • Review your local Council's annual report and identify the total population of available youth in your area.
  • Speak/Write to your District Executive on the advantages/need to access the homeschool community.
    • Be prepared to quantify the size of this untapped source of potential scouts.
    • Be prepared to explain the nature of homeschooling and what forms it may take.
    • Recognize that homeschoolers are involved in traditional scouting units and in all-homeschool scouting units.
  • Speak/Write to your District/Council Membership chair about ways to recruit in the homeschooling community.
    • Be prepared to describe and assist in the non-traditional recruiting venues and methods.
    • Recognize that homeschoolers are involved in traditional scouting units and in all-homeschool scouting units.
    • Reference - Membership Committee Guide (BSA publication 33080-B)
  • Educate traditional scouts and scouters concerning homeschool needs and expectations.
    • Minimize the potential adverse interactions between traditional and homeschooled scouts
    • Remember that all forms of hazing are prohibited by BSA policy.
  • Speak to or make contact with every homeschool group in your area.
    • Promote homeschool scouting program as character development curriculum.
    • Recognize that homeschoolers are involved in traditional scouting units and in all-homeschool scouting units.
    • Ensure that everyone knows the boundaries within the Scouting program in which homeschool scout groups can operate.
    • Offer to help start new unit or plug them into existing units.
  • Homeschool scouting families have varying needs from the Scouting program. Be prepared to compare and the contrast the strengths of the existing units in your area. Ask the questions necessary to help the potential scout or scouting families to determine how they would best fit in based on their needs and the membership requirements of individual units.
    • Date, time & location of meeting
    • Level of outdoor vs. indoor activity
    • Religious affiliation or requirement
    • Affiliation with the charter organization (e.g. parochial school, church, fraternal organization, etc.)
  • Make contact with and speak with community organizations and public entities to increase the visibility of your unit and your activities.
    • Make your scouts available to perform visible service projects.
    • Get a calendar of public events with opportunities for exposure of BSA.
    • Work to highlight the availability of Scouts for service in the community during traditional "Off Hours."
  • Promote the development of a "How To" for homeschoolers and scouting for Executives, Commissioners, Membership and Relationship Committee members:
    • In the District
    • In the Council
    • At POW-WOW
    • At Adult Leader Training
    • At Philmont

Homeschool Scouting Commissioner
Job Description

  • Develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with Scouting officials and with homeschool scouters. Encourage acceptance within the professional and volunteer Scouting community by providing examples of successful units to Local, Regional and National representatives.
  • Maintain an estimate of the Total Available Youth Population of homeschoolers in the area. Specifically, keep maintain a registry of units, geographic locations, and populations of homeschool support groups, co-ops, or other applicable groups.
  • Coordinate recruiting efforts for youth, adult leaders and charter organizations specifically addressing the home schooling population.
  • Serve on the Council/District Membership/ Relationship Committee.
  • Inform other homeschooling parents of the opportunities available through the BSA program.
  • Be a resource to non-homeschooling scouters who have homeschooled scouts in their unit.
  • Be seen at various events in which their units are active and make informal unit visits on a regular basis.
  • Identify appropriate homeschool Scouters who can act as a point of contact for other Scouting families with additional questions about the program. These point of contact Scouters will also assist in personal networking and recruiting efforts in the district and/or council.
  • Maintain a library of resources available to homeschool scouters. This information should be available on a website and should reference BSA standards.
This job description identifies a number of issues that must be successfully addressed to increase the participation of homeschooled youth in Scouting. By its very design, the BSA places the responsibility for meeting performance goals on the shoulders of the Council Scout Executive and the District Executives that work for them. In turn, the Executive works though the volunteer leadership at the Council and District level to accomplish these goals. The job tasks outlined below should be assigned within the local Council/District as appropriate and consistent with the existing functions and roles within the Council.
  • Maintain an estimate of the Total Available Youth Population of homeschoolers in the area. Specifically, keep maintain a registry of units, geographic locations, and populations of homeschool support groups, co-ops, or other applicable groups.
  • Coordinate recruiting efforts for youth, adult leaders and charter organizations specifically addressing the home schooling population.
  • Inform other homeschooling parents of the opportunities available through the BSA program.
  • Be a resource to non-homeschooling scouters who have homeschooled scouts in their unit.
  • Identify appropriate homeschool Scouters who can act as a point of contact for other Scouting families with additional questions about the program. These point of contact Scouters will also assist in personal networking and recruiting efforts in the district and/or council.
  • Serve on the Council/District Membership/ Relationship Committee.
  • Be seen at various events in which their units are active and make informal unit visits on a regular basis.
  • Maintain a library of resources available to homeschool scouters. This information should be available on a website and should reference BSA standards.
  • Develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with Scouting officials and with homeschool scouters. Encourage acceptance within the professional and volunteer Scouting community by providing examples of successful units to Local, Regional and National representatives.

Sample Letters
These may be used by scouters to help promote scouting for homeschooled youth.

 

 

 

Dear Commissioner _____________,

 

 

I am (name), a ___ year scouter having worked in the areas of _____, ______, and _____.

 

I would like to set a time, at your convenience, to talk with you about an untapped source for Scouting.  This group, the Homeschooled Youth, numbers approximately _______ in our area and includes a significant number of potential scouts and adult leaders.

 

Some of the specifics I would like to discuss are developing rapport and relationships, recruiting, and how the Scouting program can be marketed to homeschooling families.  I believe that the parents see the value of Scouting and many of the children have expressed the desire to join.  

 

I think something most worthwhile for both Scouting and homeschooling can result.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

______________

 


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Dear Commissioner _____________,

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support of scouting in our community.  I have been a Scouter for __ years and have served as ____.  

 

I value homeschooling as a way of life and have a homeschool ___ (scout rank) in the program.  I represent a group of Scouters who are also homeschoolers and we are working to reach additional boys in our area.  We are looking to meet with you and discuss this in greater detail.

 

Nationally, there are millions of families who homeschool their children for a variety of reasons.  This includes an estimated ______ homeschoolers in our ______ area.  I believe there is a significant untapped pool of potential scouts that are not currently being reached by the existing recruiting methods.  I would like to meet with you and with others that you would recommend to discuss this issue.  I have information from the success seen in other councils that I would also like to share with you. 

 

I thank you for your role in recognizing the opportunity to reach more of the total available youth population in this area by reaching out to the homeschoolers specifically.  Please contact me to schedule a time, at your convenience, to meet and discuss this further.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

______________

 

 

 

 


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Dear Commissioner _____________,

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support of scouting in our community.  We appreciate your ongoing efforts to advance the cause of scouting.  I have been a Scouter for __ years and have served as __.  

 

Nationally, there are millions of families who homeschool their children for a variety of reasons.  This includes an estimated ______ homeschoolers in our ______ area.  I believe there is a significant untapped pool of potential scouts that are not currently being reached by the existing recruiting methods. 

 

In September of 2001, a national training seminar titled Scouting for the Homeschooled was held at Philmont Training Center.  The challenge of how Scouts can reach the numbers of homeschoolers and how homeschoolers connect with Scouting was examined.  During that seminar, members of the national committee met with seminar participants and provided support and direction for homeschool scouters.  Specifically, the national training Chair, John Alline, encouraged homeschool scouters to approach local leadership directly to seek your recognition and support to promote additional participation from this segment of the youth population.

 

One of the work products from the 2001 Scouting for the Homeschooled seminar was a job description for a District or Council Commissioner position which would focus their efforts on reaching that underserved segment of the total available youth population.  This position would assist homeschool scouts already in units and to broaden the participation in homeschool youth in the Scouting program.  This position should also be able to serve as a liaison to other volunteer and professional scout leaders in accepting additional homeschool youth into the program.

 

We believe that Scouting can and should reach out to this untapped source of potential Scouts and adult leaders.   To reach this special youth population of Homeschool Youth, it is apparent that non-traditional recruiting methods must be employed. Some of these methods include advertising with homeschool newsletters & publications, Homeschool Support groups, at Homeschool Book Fairs/Conventions, and by meeting with individual homeschool families.  The success of these types of efforts can be seen in a number of Districts across the country.

 

In the Membership Committee Guide, P. 5, the role of Scouting is clear, to “Stimulate the use of the program by Special Youth Populations.”  As you know, the advantages Scouting offers to homeschoolers are enormous.  However, you may be unaware of the unique role the homeschool scout brings to the BSA.  It would increase the numbers in the BSA, plus bring additional parent participations in leadership roles who will want to be trained.  Additionally, homeschoolers could provide a Scouting presence at events held during hours when traditional school students (who are in the BSA) are unavailable. For example, they could provide flag ceremonies during the day, work as set up/tear down committees at special events, and could use BSA resources during off peak times.  This results in a relationship between Homeschoolers and BSA that is mutually beneficial.

 

I represent a group of Scouters who are also homeschoolers and we are working to reach additional boys in our area.  I would like to meet with you and with others that you would recommend to discuss this issue in greater detail. 

 

I thank you for your role in recognizing the opportunity to reach more of the total available youth population in this area by reaching out to the homeschoolers specifically.  Please contact me to schedule a time, at your convenience, to meet and discuss this further.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

______________

 

 


Notes to the Author……...

 

Recognize the structure, philosophy and historical perspective of Scouting.  Promote the homeschooling population as another untapped source for potential scouts who will participate in the program.

 

Scouting has established a council committee structure recognizing the diversity of America’s beliefs, associations, and educational ideology.  Home School youth are part of the total available scouting population and you seek support for homeschool youth to participate in the Scouting program.

Be positive and supportive, not confrontive.

 

Offer to assist with the development of publicity for Home Schoolers about BSA.





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