Values, Mission, Goals…. at the fore front of my mind right now as I assist a group of new Wood Badgers in the working of their tickets…
Tickets? In Scouting, if you are not familiar with Wood Badge then this is a foreign concept. Simply put.. it is working goals to fulfill your mission.
OK.. enough already, we just want to go camping and sell Popcorn!!! What is it with this Values, Mission stuff?
Well, we are all heading somewhere, right? We all have an idea of what we want our Scouting units to look like… right? Well how do you get there?
Enough of the cryptic talk.. lets talk about your vision.
First.. what is it that you believe in? What makes you tick? Answer these two questions carefully. A good personal assessment of your values is an important part in establishing your Vision en route to your mission. You need to be honest and really know who you are before you can effect others. So what is important to you? Faith, Family, Values like those found in the Scout Oath and Law.
Figure this out and write it down.. not just words, but why its important to you? Write it down.
Now that you have a better understanding of who you are and why its time to find out what you want. What do you want out of life, your family, your work, Scouting, health, and hobbies? In short, what do you want our of your life? You may want to be financially independent, have a richer faith life, loose 10 lbs or become a teacher. The sky is limit and you and you alone are the only one that can set the course to reach it.
So do you know what you want? Write it down. If you are like me, you will have a list of the things that you want. Things that you want to change, do, get better at, and impact in your life. Pick 1.. yep, just 1. Write it down.
Now, lets go get it. But first.. you need to throw away all obstacles, the first of which is your idea that you cant do it. What ever you want.. you will have.. if you want it and are willing to work for it. So write it down and lets go get it!
Make a list of 5 things that you MUST do to get what you wrote down. Not 4, not 7.. 5 things that will lead you to your want.. Oh and by the way.. lets start calling “your want” “YOUR MISSION”. Here is an example:
I want to develop a training program for Webelos Scout leaders and Troop Committee’s to increase crossover numbers in our District. That is the mission.
So 5 things that I need to do to get what I want.
1. Find out if there is a current plan in place and identify the short falls in the plan.
To do this I will talk with current District advancement chairman and Webelos to Scout transition volunteers to find plan or documentation.
I will do this in the next 30 days, this needs to be completed by June 20th.
2. Knowing the short falls of the current plan (assuming there is one) I will rewrite the plan with the objective of increasing the crossover percentage by 30%.
To do this I will write a plan that will be distributed to all Packs and Troops in the District. This plan will outline methods of contacting Packs and Troops within the District, obstacles to over come in the process, and ways to build relationships between units.
I will have the plan complete in the next 60 days. This goal will be complete by July 20th.
3. At the August Roundtable, I will present the plan at the Webelos Den Leader break out. I will distribute copies of the plan at the time and field questions and concerns about the plan.
To ensure a good turn out at the break out I will make contact with Packs through the District emailing system.
This will be completed after the August Roundtable and the emails will go out in the Thundering News Flash in July.
4. Make contact with Packs that have a low crossover rate and Troops that are not maintaining steady growth.
To complete this goal I will get last years data on troop new Scout registrations and Pack Cross overs. I will call those units and set up a time to meet with unit leadership to offer assistance in increasing their crossover/ recruiting percentage.
I will accomplish this by November 2011.
5. Assess plan and make adjustments to the plan based on Troop and Pack receptive nature and amount of prospective Webelos Scouts that plan on crossing to a Troop.
To do this we will contact Webelos Dens and ask that they fill out Boy Scout applications at time of Troop Visits. Once a Troop has been identified as the Troop that they are planning on going to, an application will be filled out and reported.
This will be completed by February 2012.
This simple, measurable, specific outline of 5 goals to reach the mission of developing a training program for Webelos Scout leaders and Troop Committee’s to increase crossover numbers in our District can be accomplished if I work at it and not allow road blocks to stop my progress. I must be willing to work it to the end.
This outline can be worked for anything in my life. To lose weight, get healthy, find a deeper understanding of my faith, be a better husband and father, well.. anything.
This is what we Wood Badgers call a Ticket.
It is a great assessment tool and a way to ensure success in anything that you do. Remember when you are setting your Goals to use the SMART tool. Specific, measurable, Attainable, relevant, and Time based. Use it and you will be and do whatever you want.
Have a Great Scouting Day!