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The Grow Your Group Show helps Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Rotary Clubs, Churches, Lions Clubs and other nonprofit organizations recruit new members, raise more money, run better programs, and have more fun doing it.Your host is Mike Cooney, who has 30 years in successful nonprofit organizations. Our guests are passionate, and they really know what they’re talking about. Subscribe today, or find out more at mikecooney.net/growyourgroup

Latest Episodes

Ep. 13 – Sandy Payne talks About Helping Scouts with Autism

Today’s episode features the return of my good friend Sandy Payne. You may remember her from Episode 1, where she did a great overview onworking with Scouts with Special Needs. Sandy’s an expert on helping Scouts with Autism, and I always learn a lot from our conversations. We recorded this episode at June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation in Ashford, Connecticut. I’d like to thank them for hosting us. About the Guest Sandy Payne has been the chair of theConnecticut Rivers CouncilScouting with Special Needs Committee for the past 8 years. She’s been a licensed practical nurse for 20 years. For the last 15 years, she’s have been involved in scouting starting as her son’s Tiger Parent. Her son, who is on the Autism spectrum, earned the rank of Eagle in 2015. Sandy’s got a great Scouting with Special NeedsFacebook pagethat you should like. Promotional Link New Lyft customers Get $20 in Free Ride Credits Looking for some extra income, sign up to drive with Lyft, and up to $100 i...

28 MIN2018 FEB 23
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Ep. 13 – Sandy Payne talks About Helping Scouts with Autism

Ep. 12 – Ken Lee on Scouting Religious Emblems

I had my good friend, Ken Lee, on the show to talk about Scouting Religious Emblems programs. Ken comes from a great scouting family going back three generations on camp staff at June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation in Ashford, Connecticut. He’s an Eagle Scout, and he’s the father of an Eagle Scout. He’s been a longtimeassistant Scoutmaster for Troop 4 in Norwich. At present, he’s the District Chairman for the Mohegan District of the Connecticut Rivers Council, which serves Southeastern Connecticut. But it was in Ken’s capacity as the Chair of the Norwich Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting that I had Ken on the program. I hope you enjoy it. Scouting Religious Emblems Resources Ken, on the left, with Bishop Michael Cote. Duty to God Pamphlet, with descriptions of Religious Awards Programs P.R.A.Y. Website National Catholic Committee on Scouting National Jewish Committee on Scouting Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting...

14 MIN2017 NOV 15
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Ep. 12 – Ken Lee on Scouting Religious Emblems

Ep. 11 – The Bumpy Trail to Eagle Scout

The Trail to Eagle isn’t always the smoothest ride. Episode 11 covers the stories of a few of the Eagle Scouts I’ve had the honor of working with. Related Content 7 Life Skills You Learn from Backpacking Support the Show Do your shopping through my Amazon Link. I get a small commission from each purchase, and it adds nothing to your costs Or… You can make a small donation to support the show at Patreon.com Save on Camping Supplies at Campmor with Promo Code “Save20” Photo by mypubliclands

13 MIN2017 NOV 3
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Ep. 11 – The Bumpy Trail to Eagle Scout

Ep. 10 – She Started a Kazakhstan Cub Scout Pack

Suzanna El Mogazi was a Girl Scout as a youth and signed her son up for Pack 424 in Katy, Texas as a Tiger as soon as he was old enough. The pack needed a second Tiger leader badly so she stepped up. It was terrifying but wound up being the greatest thing ever. She led nine boys for Tigers and Wolves. This past summer her family moved to Atyrau, Kazakhstan for her husband’s work. Their compound had Girl Scouts established but no Cub Scouts. For that matter, there was no Kazakhstan Cub Scout pack at all for her son to join. So with the help of the Transatlantic Council, and theDostyk American International School, Susanna started a new Cub Scout pack – Pack 88 in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. Now she leads the Bear den of 6 boys and is also the Cubmaster.We talked for about 40 minutes, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. It’s a great conversation where we covered Resources Mentioned Transatlantic Council William D. Boyce New Unit Award(includes directions for starting a new unit) Doing a Boy Ta...

35 MIN2017 SEP 22
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Ep. 10 – She Started a Kazakhstan Cub Scout Pack

Episode 9 – Round Two Cub Scout Recruiting

If at first you don’t succeed, and you don’t get as many kids as you should at your first recruiting night, then it’s time for RoundTwo Cub Scout recruiting. In this solo episode, I go over how you know if you’re serving as many kids as you should in your pack, some of the things that can go wrong in the initial phase of recruiting, and some things you can do to fix them. Episodes Referenced Episode 7 – Cub Scout Recruiting with Matt Ghirarda Articles Referenced Doing a School Recruiting Talk 23 Places to Hang Flyers Cub Scout Recruiting 30 Day Rule Round Two Cub Scout Recruiting Resource Referenced Cub Scout Bring-A-Buddy Cards Website Mentioned Nextdoor.com Support the Show Shop on Amazon Make a Donation on Patreon Photo by woodleywonderworks

17 MIN2017 SEP 16
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Episode 9 – Round Two Cub Scout Recruiting

Ep. 8 – Cub Scout Recruiting with Matt Ghirarda – Part Two

Here’s the conclusion of my interview with Matt Ghirarda. We talked a bit more about messaging to potential scout families, time commitments, recruiting adults, your recruiting night checklist, and a lot more. (Click here for part one) About Matt Ghirarda Matt Ghirarda has worked professionally for the Boy Scouts of America for 12 years. He has served as a Program Specialist and Summer Camp Director with Boston Minuteman Council (Milton, MA), District Executive & Camp Director with Katahdin Area Council (Bangor, Maine), and is currently serving Nashua Valley Council (Lancaster, MA) as a District Director. Support the Show! Please consider supporting the show by doing your shopping through our Amazon link, or by making a donation to the show on Patreon. Cub Scout Recruiting Resources Nashua Valley Membership Muster Slide Show Articles Referenced Doing a Boy Talk 23 Places to Put up Flyers 5 Simple Things You Can Do To Grow Scouting this Fall My Top 10 Reasons to Sign Your Son Up for...

20 MIN2017 SEP 2
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Ep. 8 – Cub Scout Recruiting with Matt Ghirarda – Part Two

Ep. 7 – Cub Scout Recruiting with Matt Ghirarda – Part One

Matt Ghirarda from the Nashua Valley Council joined me, and we had a great talk about Cub Scout Recruiting. In part one of our conversation, we talked about why recruiting is important, how councils can help packs recruit, school access, marketing and a whole lot more. If you’re in charge of recruiting Cub Scouts this fall, then this episode is one you can’t miss. (Click here for part two) About the Guest Matthew Ghirarda has worked professionally for the Boy Scouts of America for 12 years. He has served as a Program Specialist and Summer Camp Director with Boston Minuteman Council (Milton, MA), District Executive & Camp Director with Katahdin Area Council (Bangor, Maine), and is currently serving Nashua Valley Council (Lancaster, MA) as a District Director. Support the Show! Please consider supporting the show by doing your shopping through our Amazon link, or by making a donation to the show on Patreon. Cub Scout Recruiting Resources Nashua Valley Membership Muster Slide Show Ar...

31 MIN2017 AUG 31
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Ep. 7 – Cub Scout Recruiting with Matt Ghirarda – Part One

Ep. 6 Scout Authors Justin and Irina Trzaskos

In this episode, I had my old friends Justin and Irina Trzaskos on the show to talk about their series of books, “Tales from a Magical Forest“, their work with the Coventry Arts Guild, and Irina’s art classes.Justin and Irina met while working together on staff at June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation in Ashford, Connecticut. She was participating in the International Camp Staff program fromOrganizația Națională a Scouților din Moldova. These two scoutauthors have recently released their latest book, Molezart. Episode Sponsor Gearbubble About the Guests Irina Trzaskos is an artist and illustrator based in Coventry, Connecticut. Irina’s vivid watercolor style mixes modern techniques with old world charm. Her art is influenced by the culture of her home country of Moldova in Eastern Europe. Irina is the owner of Irina Trzaskos Studio which specializes in art used for products such as fabric, table wear, stationery and home décor. She is represented by Art Licensing Internat...

18 MIN2017 AUG 29
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Ep. 6 Scout Authors Justin and Irina Trzaskos

Ep. 5 – Volunteer Recruiting Basics

Episode 5 covers the basics of volunteer recruiting. Have you been standing at the front of the room asking for help at every meeting, to no avail? Then you owe it to yourself to take the 13 minutes out of your busy day to listen to this simple volunteer recruiting primer. Learn about the basics of coming up with a recruiting plan. What is anominating committee, and who should you want on it? Learn why you shouldn’t feel guilty asking people to volunteer, and why you’ll get more volunteers when you ask big. You’ll also get some quick and easy ways to find out who you should be asking. The episode also covers how you should make the ask. Why you should never go alone, and why how you’re meeting should go. Today’s Sponsor The Old Mom Diaries Volunteer Recruiting Resources Cub Scout Roles and Responsibilities Family Talent Survey Sheet Please Subscribe iTunes Stitcher Google Play Here are four really good books on volunteer recruiting. Don’t be scared off by the prices, you can f...

12 MIN2017 AUG 22
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Ep. 5 – Volunteer Recruiting Basics

Ep. 4 – Ten Reasons to Join Cub Scouts

With summer camp coming to an end; I go over my top 10 reasons for you to join Cub Scouts with yourson. From great activities tofamily bonding and character building, this September is a great time to get in on the fun. Articles Referenced My Top 10 Reasons to Sign Your Son Up for Cub Scouts Links Referenced Youth Protection Training Resources Tufts University Study beascout.org Sponsor This episode brought to you by our Amazon page. There are lots of great deals for Back-to-School on Amazon.com. Don’t spend the last few days of your summer going from store to store. Go to Amazon, and spend more time on the beach.

17 MIN2017 AUG 15
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Ep. 4 – Ten Reasons to Join Cub Scouts

Latest Episodes

Ep. 13 – Sandy Payne talks About Helping Scouts with Autism

Today’s episode features the return of my good friend Sandy Payne. You may remember her from Episode 1, where she did a great overview onworking with Scouts with Special Needs. Sandy’s an expert on helping Scouts with Autism, and I always learn a lot from our conversations. We recorded this episode at June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation in Ashford, Connecticut. I’d like to thank them for hosting us. About the Guest Sandy Payne has been the chair of theConnecticut Rivers CouncilScouting with Special Needs Committee for the past 8 years. She’s been a licensed practical nurse for 20 years. For the last 15 years, she’s have been involved in scouting starting as her son’s Tiger Parent. Her son, who is on the Autism spectrum, earned the rank of Eagle in 2015. Sandy’s got a great Scouting with Special NeedsFacebook pagethat you should like. Promotional Link New Lyft customers Get $20 in Free Ride Credits Looking for some extra income, sign up to drive with Lyft, and up to $100 i...

28 MIN2018 FEB 23
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Ep. 13 – Sandy Payne talks About Helping Scouts with Autism

Ep. 12 – Ken Lee on Scouting Religious Emblems

I had my good friend, Ken Lee, on the show to talk about Scouting Religious Emblems programs. Ken comes from a great scouting family going back three generations on camp staff at June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation in Ashford, Connecticut. He’s an Eagle Scout, and he’s the father of an Eagle Scout. He’s been a longtimeassistant Scoutmaster for Troop 4 in Norwich. At present, he’s the District Chairman for the Mohegan District of the Connecticut Rivers Council, which serves Southeastern Connecticut. But it was in Ken’s capacity as the Chair of the Norwich Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting that I had Ken on the program. I hope you enjoy it. Scouting Religious Emblems Resources Ken, on the left, with Bishop Michael Cote. Duty to God Pamphlet, with descriptions of Religious Awards Programs P.R.A.Y. Website National Catholic Committee on Scouting National Jewish Committee on Scouting Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting...

14 MIN2017 NOV 15
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Ep. 12 – Ken Lee on Scouting Religious Emblems

Ep. 11 – The Bumpy Trail to Eagle Scout

The Trail to Eagle isn’t always the smoothest ride. Episode 11 covers the stories of a few of the Eagle Scouts I’ve had the honor of working with. Related Content 7 Life Skills You Learn from Backpacking Support the Show Do your shopping through my Amazon Link. I get a small commission from each purchase, and it adds nothing to your costs Or… You can make a small donation to support the show at Patreon.com Save on Camping Supplies at Campmor with Promo Code “Save20” Photo by mypubliclands

13 MIN2017 NOV 3
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Ep. 11 – The Bumpy Trail to Eagle Scout

Ep. 10 – She Started a Kazakhstan Cub Scout Pack

Suzanna El Mogazi was a Girl Scout as a youth and signed her son up for Pack 424 in Katy, Texas as a Tiger as soon as he was old enough. The pack needed a second Tiger leader badly so she stepped up. It was terrifying but wound up being the greatest thing ever. She led nine boys for Tigers and Wolves. This past summer her family moved to Atyrau, Kazakhstan for her husband’s work. Their compound had Girl Scouts established but no Cub Scouts. For that matter, there was no Kazakhstan Cub Scout pack at all for her son to join. So with the help of the Transatlantic Council, and theDostyk American International School, Susanna started a new Cub Scout pack – Pack 88 in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. Now she leads the Bear den of 6 boys and is also the Cubmaster.We talked for about 40 minutes, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. It’s a great conversation where we covered Resources Mentioned Transatlantic Council William D. Boyce New Unit Award(includes directions for starting a new unit) Doing a Boy Ta...

35 MIN2017 SEP 22
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Ep. 10 – She Started a Kazakhstan Cub Scout Pack

Episode 9 – Round Two Cub Scout Recruiting

If at first you don’t succeed, and you don’t get as many kids as you should at your first recruiting night, then it’s time for RoundTwo Cub Scout recruiting. In this solo episode, I go over how you know if you’re serving as many kids as you should in your pack, some of the things that can go wrong in the initial phase of recruiting, and some things you can do to fix them. Episodes Referenced Episode 7 – Cub Scout Recruiting with Matt Ghirarda Articles Referenced Doing a School Recruiting Talk 23 Places to Hang Flyers Cub Scout Recruiting 30 Day Rule Round Two Cub Scout Recruiting Resource Referenced Cub Scout Bring-A-Buddy Cards Website Mentioned Nextdoor.com Support the Show Shop on Amazon Make a Donation on Patreon Photo by woodleywonderworks

17 MIN2017 SEP 16
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Episode 9 – Round Two Cub Scout Recruiting

Ep. 8 – Cub Scout Recruiting with Matt Ghirarda – Part Two

Here’s the conclusion of my interview with Matt Ghirarda. We talked a bit more about messaging to potential scout families, time commitments, recruiting adults, your recruiting night checklist, and a lot more. (Click here for part one) About Matt Ghirarda Matt Ghirarda has worked professionally for the Boy Scouts of America for 12 years. He has served as a Program Specialist and Summer Camp Director with Boston Minuteman Council (Milton, MA), District Executive & Camp Director with Katahdin Area Council (Bangor, Maine), and is currently serving Nashua Valley Council (Lancaster, MA) as a District Director. Support the Show! Please consider supporting the show by doing your shopping through our Amazon link, or by making a donation to the show on Patreon. Cub Scout Recruiting Resources Nashua Valley Membership Muster Slide Show Articles Referenced Doing a Boy Talk 23 Places to Put up Flyers 5 Simple Things You Can Do To Grow Scouting this Fall My Top 10 Reasons to Sign Your Son Up for...

20 MIN2017 SEP 2
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Ep. 8 – Cub Scout Recruiting with Matt Ghirarda – Part Two

Ep. 7 – Cub Scout Recruiting with Matt Ghirarda – Part One

Matt Ghirarda from the Nashua Valley Council joined me, and we had a great talk about Cub Scout Recruiting. In part one of our conversation, we talked about why recruiting is important, how councils can help packs recruit, school access, marketing and a whole lot more. If you’re in charge of recruiting Cub Scouts this fall, then this episode is one you can’t miss. (Click here for part two) About the Guest Matthew Ghirarda has worked professionally for the Boy Scouts of America for 12 years. He has served as a Program Specialist and Summer Camp Director with Boston Minuteman Council (Milton, MA), District Executive & Camp Director with Katahdin Area Council (Bangor, Maine), and is currently serving Nashua Valley Council (Lancaster, MA) as a District Director. Support the Show! Please consider supporting the show by doing your shopping through our Amazon link, or by making a donation to the show on Patreon. Cub Scout Recruiting Resources Nashua Valley Membership Muster Slide Show Ar...

31 MIN2017 AUG 31
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Ep. 7 – Cub Scout Recruiting with Matt Ghirarda – Part One

Ep. 6 Scout Authors Justin and Irina Trzaskos

In this episode, I had my old friends Justin and Irina Trzaskos on the show to talk about their series of books, “Tales from a Magical Forest“, their work with the Coventry Arts Guild, and Irina’s art classes.Justin and Irina met while working together on staff at June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation in Ashford, Connecticut. She was participating in the International Camp Staff program fromOrganizația Națională a Scouților din Moldova. These two scoutauthors have recently released their latest book, Molezart. Episode Sponsor Gearbubble About the Guests Irina Trzaskos is an artist and illustrator based in Coventry, Connecticut. Irina’s vivid watercolor style mixes modern techniques with old world charm. Her art is influenced by the culture of her home country of Moldova in Eastern Europe. Irina is the owner of Irina Trzaskos Studio which specializes in art used for products such as fabric, table wear, stationery and home décor. She is represented by Art Licensing Internat...

18 MIN2017 AUG 29
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Ep. 6 Scout Authors Justin and Irina Trzaskos

Ep. 5 – Volunteer Recruiting Basics

Episode 5 covers the basics of volunteer recruiting. Have you been standing at the front of the room asking for help at every meeting, to no avail? Then you owe it to yourself to take the 13 minutes out of your busy day to listen to this simple volunteer recruiting primer. Learn about the basics of coming up with a recruiting plan. What is anominating committee, and who should you want on it? Learn why you shouldn’t feel guilty asking people to volunteer, and why you’ll get more volunteers when you ask big. You’ll also get some quick and easy ways to find out who you should be asking. The episode also covers how you should make the ask. Why you should never go alone, and why how you’re meeting should go. Today’s Sponsor The Old Mom Diaries Volunteer Recruiting Resources Cub Scout Roles and Responsibilities Family Talent Survey Sheet Please Subscribe iTunes Stitcher Google Play Here are four really good books on volunteer recruiting. Don’t be scared off by the prices, you can f...

12 MIN2017 AUG 22
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Ep. 5 – Volunteer Recruiting Basics

Ep. 4 – Ten Reasons to Join Cub Scouts

With summer camp coming to an end; I go over my top 10 reasons for you to join Cub Scouts with yourson. From great activities tofamily bonding and character building, this September is a great time to get in on the fun. Articles Referenced My Top 10 Reasons to Sign Your Son Up for Cub Scouts Links Referenced Youth Protection Training Resources Tufts University Study beascout.org Sponsor This episode brought to you by our Amazon page. There are lots of great deals for Back-to-School on Amazon.com. Don’t spend the last few days of your summer going from store to store. Go to Amazon, and spend more time on the beach.

17 MIN2017 AUG 15
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Ep. 4 – Ten Reasons to Join Cub Scouts
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