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Update on five year Strategic Plan progress as of Decemer 2012.

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  • Bob Spinks Pat Rooney Jeff WoolseyStrategic Plan Chair Council Board President Scout Executive/CEO

    Scouters:

    A year has quickly passed since the Last Frontier Council launched the 5 Year Strategic Plan. This plan was created with input from over 1,000 volunteers who care deeply about making a positive impact on the lives of youth.

    Since its launch, the effort of 1,000 has been a seed that is beginning to grow into better Scouting for thousands more young people in our area. The plan is part of the working agenda for all of the districts serving our 24 counties, as well as every council committee.

    This document contains a status update on the plans objectives and strategies. Though not included in this report, the strategies have been further developed into tactical goals and each goal now has a time line. As a reminder, this is a multi-year plan, and some of the strategies are sequential and contingent upon other strategies and goals being met.

    This update is at the strategy-level, and if any volunteer or Scouting supporter would like more detailed information on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, please contact the Scout Service Center at 405-840-1114.

    The Strategic Plan Steering Committee is pleased with the progress that has been made in just one year. Our hope is that youth and volunteers are seeing the impact of our efforts in their lives, and this report is just a representation of the efforts of thousands of volunteers working for better Scouting for our youth and communities.

    Yours for continuing to improve our Scouting program,

  • Program Services - Membership Impact Focus GroupStrategic Plan Progress - 2012

    Objectives Strategies Progress Comments

    Objective 1: Through the establishment of new units, growth of existing units, and increasing the reten-tion rate to 75%, the Last Frontier Council is serving 12% of the available youth.

    Emphasize partnerships with Faith Based Organizations and encourage the full family of scouting (Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venturing).

    Most new units organized are started through faith-based organizations.

    Increase the minimum number of registered members re-quired to start a new unit to 10 youth and 5 adults.

    This strategy has been adopted. (In some rural communities new programs have been allowed to start with 5 youth members.)

    Establish new units in low density and zero density areas. This year 10 new after-school units have been organized in Oklahoma City Public Schools. These are in areas not being previously served by Scouting.

    Focus recruiting efforts on Cub Scout Age Youth so every Cub Scout Age Youth gets an opportunity to Join each year. Every elementary school in our territory will be reached this year.

    Consistently maintain a minimum of 75% retention of youth each year. Help units become more successful by providing better operational support.

    Council retained 66.1% in 2012.

    Objective 2: The Last Fron-tier council has a culture of openness and inclusive-ness where parents and volunteers without prior Scouting experience feel welcomed and informed.

    Working with the Talent Management Committee, develop a module on how to integrate new adult volunteers.

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    0Emphasize partnerships with Faith Based Organizations and encour-

    age the full family of scouting (Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venturing).

    Increase the minimum number of registered members required to start a new unit to 10 youth and

    5 adults.

    Establish new units in low density and zero

    density areas.

    Focus recruiting efforts on Cub Scout Age Youth so every Cub

    Scout Age Youth gets an oppor-tunity to Join each year.

    Consistently maintain a minimum of 75% retention of youth each year. Help units become more success-ful by providing better operational

    support.

    Working with the Talent Man-agement Committee, develop a module on how to integrate

    new adult volunteers.

    Objective 1: Through the establishment of new units, growth of existing units, and increasing the retention rate to 75%, the Last Frontier Council is serving 12% of the available youth.

    Objective 2: The Last Frontier council has a culture of openness and inclusive-

    ness where parents and volunteers without prior Scouting experience feel

    welcomed and informed.

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    Strategy Score Key: 0 = Not Started or Not Due, 1 = Planning Started or Minor Tasks Started, 2 = Planning Complete/Process Started, 3 = Planning Finalized and Significant Tasks/Process Completed, 4 = All Steps Completed/Finalized

  • Program Services - Youth Program & Development Focus GroupStrategic Plan Progress - 2012

    Objectives Strategies Progress Comments

    Objective 1: 75% of Last Frontier Council Scouts attend camps and outdoor programs.

    Offer Cub Scout camping opportunities with a wide variety of dates, locations, duration, and cost.

    Each district plans to have a Cub Scout Day Camp. The plan in 2012 is that they all take place in the district. The council offers one Resident camp and several Family camps. Camping opportunities have room to expand at John W. Nichols Scout Ranch.

    Promote Cub Scout Camping through direct marketing and district volunteers.

    A variety of direct marketing tools are used to promote Cub Scout Camping. Most districts still lack effective Caming Committees for camp promotion. Cub Scout camping has increased from 54% to 62%

    Ensure that Council-level Cub Scout camping programs are fun, easy to attend, and unique outdoor experiences - not duplications of other activities such as sports or school events.

    Cub Resident Camp and Family Camp at George Thomas is very popular with excellent camper survey results. Council family camping has increased by 65%.

    Create Cub Scout camp properties that accommodate a higher volume of participants.

    Increase in Cub Scout Family camping and Resident Camping is limited by facilities. PLans are needed to expand dining capacity, shooting ranges, quality of campsites, and other program areas.

    Increase the number of Last Frontier Council Troops at-tending summer camp.

    There has been no significant change in the number or percentage of Troops attending summer camp, although total Boy Scout camp attendance increased from 53% to 63%. Plans are in place for a major sum-mer camp promotion campaign.

    Increase the number of Last Frontier Council youth attend-ing National High Adventure Bases.

    National High Adventure Base attendance more than doubled from 2011 to 2012. Attendance for 2013, including contingent to the Bectel Summit, look promising.

    Develop & expand the council-level high adventure pro-gram to encourage retention of older youth

    The Diamond H Committee is realizing great success with a variety of programs at Diamond H Scout Ranch, now a Nationally-Accredited High-Adventure Base, with 50 High Adventure participants and 48 NYLT partici-pants.

    Objective 2: Provide practi-cal leadership experiences for youth by increasing the number of youth serving on event committees and camp staff.

    Ensure that every program activity has older youth involved in the leadership of the event.

    Many programs already have older youth involved, particularly camps, Venturing, and OA activities. Most activities and district programs do not involve older youth.

    Train council and district-level volunteers on how to identify and work with youth in program development and execu-tion.

    There has only been preliminary discussion on this item.

    Objective 3: Develop coun-cil and district activities that are built on partnerships with organizations that have great local program opportunities for youth.

    Engage leadership from other nonprofits, United Way part-ners, churches, civic clubs, and local and state agencies by getting them involved on activity and program committees at the council and district level.

    There has only been preliminary discussion on this item.

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    Program Services - Youth Program & Development Focus GroupStrategic Plan Progress - 2012

    Offer Cub Scout camping opportunities with a wide variety of

    dates, locations, dura-tion, and cost.

    Promote Cub Scout Camping through

    direct marketing and district volunteers.

    Ensure that Council-level Cub Scout camping programs are fun, easy to

    attend, and unique outdoor experiences - not duplica-tions of other activities such as sports or school events.

    Create Cub Scout camp properties

    that accommodate a higher volume of

    participants.

    Increase the number of Last Frontier Coun-cil Troops attending

    summer camp.

    Increase the num-ber of Last Frontier

    Council youth attend-ing National High Adventure Bases.

    Develop & expand the council-level high adventure program to encourage retention of

    older youth

    Ensure that every program activity has

    older youth involved in the leadership of the

    event.

    Train council and dis-trict-level volunteers

    on how to identify and work with youth in

    program development and execution.

    Engage leadership from other nonprofits, United Way

    partners, churches, civic clubs, and local and state agencies by getting them

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