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THE NEW GUY Membership Builder

In order to help expand recruitment to all markets, the Membership Impact Department has added Rudy Gonzalez as a membership specialist. He will support the team’s primary mission of providing tactical support to local councils in building their capacity to grow and sustain membership. In his new post, Gonzalez will help advance Scouting’s full range of diversity and inclusion efforts. Gonzalez began his professional Scouting career in 2000 as a district executive in the Sam Houston Area Council, joining the Circle Ten Council in 2008 as district director. He wants to find the coun- cils that have done the best job in recruiting minorities and share those best prac- tices with other councils. “Everyone is in charge of membership now,” he says. “I think that’s the right way to go because membership is our foundation. We need all of the volunteers and all Scouting professionals working together on mem- bership. If we don’t have

strong units, through solid membership recruitment, you will not reach your FOS, popcorn, summer camp, day camp, and the rest of the Journey to Excellence goals.”


The march of technology keeps on marching, transforming the venera- ble lantern that’s been part of so much Scouting history. Coleman’s new 4D CPX LED Duo Lantern is small but powerful, producing 150 lumens of light output from its 4D battery pack—shining for 56 hours. Each of the two removable panels has its own on/off switch and can operate for 2.5 hours when removed from the lantern’s docking station. The panels recharge when they’re put back into the docking station. Another big plus: Because it’s CPX compatible, the 4D battery or

rechargeable CPX power pack (purchased separately from the lantern) can be interchanged with any Coleman CPX-compatible product for added efficiency and lower cost of ownership. $59.99 lantern and $24.99 rechargeable CPX battery pack at retail stores or

KNOW-HOW Fight Fire With …

For many, a campout with a campfire is, well, no campout at all. But as late summer and early fall bring renewed risk of forest fires, Leave No Trace prin- ciples are worth revisiting. First, consider whether you need a fire at all. The overuse of campfires has

left many areas degraded and stripped of firewood, so consider using a camp stove instead, especially in a desert area or at higher elevations where wood is scarce. If your group must have open flame, use existing fire rings when possible. There’s more info at And, don’t forget that October is Fire Prevention Month. Now’s the time to

teach your Scouts what to do if there’s a fire at your unit meeting place. Find a meeting place inspection list at

FRESH AIR When ‘Outsiders’ Connect

Scouting has joined forces with the Outdoor Foundation to support Outdoor Nation, a national initiative that empowers young people ages 16 to 26 to champion the outdoors. At the Outdoor Nation Web site (, Scouters can connect with a national network of “outsiders” who share a common interest in getting people to enjoy the outdoors and nature. This summer, Outdoor Nation held a number of summits in Los Angeles,

Denver, and other cities at which experts and members discussed outdoor issues and solutions. Other partners include The Conservation Fund, YMCA, The North Face, and the National Park Service.




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