The Global Troop Town Hall
The Global Troop Town Hall
A live, monthly video-cast town hall and Scout talk-show with guest speakers designed to put 1000 skills in every troop’s backpack.
A live, monthly video-cast town hall and Scout talk-show with guest speakers designed to put 1000 skills in every troop’s backpack. Read more
About this project
If you dream of doing something to help change the world for the better, supporting the Global Troop Town Hall is a great opportunity to start. Because, with your help we will take the first steps to revolutionize every Boy Scout troop’s pool of resources and abilities. With your support, we will move to boost the knowledge transfer between and among troops from around the Nation and around the world. With amazing people, like you, we will find the means to “put a thousand skills into every troop’s backpack.”
The Global Troop Town Hall (GTTH) is envisioned as a live, interactive, Internet video-cast for and about Scouts, leaders, parents and youth interested in Scouting. The participatory, TV-type talk show will be hosted with guest speakers, experts in outdoorsmanship, and merit badge counselors in a studio with multiple cameras, microphones, and a broadcast switcher.
Using an Internet content delivery service, video conference technology and social media, the Global Troop Town Hall will soon make it possible for audiences to watch Scout Leaders and Guest Speakers share their stories, experts explain how to select the best gear and Merit Badge Counselors discuss the coolest ways to achieve sought-after goals. And, you can join in the discussion live through Google+™, Skype™, Twitter™, and so much more!
Our target audience for the show is over two million Scouts and Leaders according to Scouting.org 2013 Year in Review. There is also an additional audience of youth who are interested in scouting, but not yet in the program, plus parents of scouting-age children as well as related groups such as the Venturers, Sea Scouts and Girl Scouts, who will be invited to host their own shows once we are up and running.
If you or a family member were ever a Scout or your son or grandson is currently a scout, you understand the importance of good programs and good leadership. The Global Troop Town Hall is dedicated to helping the youth and leaders achieve their highest potential by providing a source of information broader than one Troop, by providing immediate value through in-depth reviews of gear delivered by experts and by bringing a live forum for questions and answers directly to those in need.
The Global Troop Town Hall will provide value to our target audiences through engaging, pertinent topics and will serve as an interactive communication channel between and among participants across the Nation and around the world. In addition, our YouTube channel will serve as a searchable archive of our recorded shows and our Facebook page serves as our blog.
The Global Troop Town Hall is being implemented as a 4-phase project. Each phase is achievable on a modest budget that is supported by fundraising and sponsorship activities.Our strategy is to start small, build quality, then grow. Our tactics are to make certain each show is entertaining and provides immediate value to our target audience.
Potential Investor Questions
1. Does the Founder have a passionate commitment to the project?
The answer is “Yes.” To move this project forward and do it right, I’ve put my own personal money where my mouth is, plus I’ve invested hundreds of hours preparing the preliminary website, business plans and volunteer guides. I believe in this project so strongly that I’ve been willing to spend late nights and weekends for more than a year to make it happen. That, plus I have a dedicated group of Scout Leaders (and Scouts) that I can count on.
By the way, if you are reading this on the Kickstarter website, I recommend you go check out our webpage, too. The site, www.GlobalTroopTownHall.org will allow you to see, first-hand how professionally managed the project will be and already is. In addition, you can get some insight into my background, by visiting www.LinkedIn.com/in/ScottDavidNewman.
2. Is there a reasonable, thought-out business plan?
Yes, there is. Again, go to the webpage. There you will see an abbreviated business plan which is thorough, candid and designed to fulfill your basic informational needs. If you are considering sponsoring the program at the highest Sponsorship Levels and feel you need more information, please contact me, directly.
3. What are the chances for success?
I personally have management experience at the Fortune 500 level, worked on production teams to produce demo reels for TV pilot shows, am a member of the local community broadcasting station, produced corporate video and have broadcast local rock bands live on the internet. But, more importantly, I have a solid resource of excellent volunteers, plus a large number of helpers. They are all true-believers, too.
4. What will the return on investment be for an investor?
If you or a family member enjoyed Scouting when you were young or if your son or grandson is currently a Scout, then your return on investment will come through the knowledge that you have made their lives and the lives of future generations better. You understand the importance of good programs and good leadership and what you are investing in is a forum to help Scouts across this great Nation achieve their full potential.
5. Does the Boy Scouts of America already have a program like this?
No. The BSA National Office has a very good, but much more formalized web seminar-type lecture program that tends to focus on things such as how to manage the troops medical forms and how to follow policies/procedures, etc.
Our look will be a more comfortable, professionally-casual style appreciated by both leaders and young men of Scouting age. Our show will be held in a more conversational tone that includes real-life experiences and that highlight triumphs, challenges and some of the funny things that happen along the way. It will also include personal experiences and opinions that are dedicated to helping participants achieve their highest potential by...
• Providing an exciting, engaging venue for Scouts, their Parents, and Leadership to share their experiences
• Providing a source of knowledge and experience from Scouts and Leaders who are “in the trenches”
• Providing immediate value through in-depth reviews of gear delivered by experts in a way that is both informative and fun and
• Providing a live forum for Scouts and Leaders to have their questions answered by others who are in similar situations.
6. Shouldn’t you be funded by the BSA?
Because we are a grass-roots project, we fall outside the National BSA’s budget. In fact, we are legally a completely separate entity from the BSA, though we ourselves are leaders and serve the same audience. While this may result in a short-term, monetary obstacle, it does allow for a lot less paper-work and a positive element of independence.Should the BSA find it within their budget to provide monetary backing in the future, we are certainly open to a conversation on that topic.
7. How will the project become self-sustaining?
As a grass-roots project, during our first year we anticipate being funded through support from our volunteers and generous contributors like you. To attain our second year of funding we will continue to seek donations, apply for grants, and anticipate applying for non-profit 501(c)3 status.
There is much more information (and legal fine print) on our website www.GlobalTroopTownHall.org. I encourage you to visit, pledge and sponsor us by clicking on the appropriate buttons.You can make this grass-roots project happen! Give a gift, now.
Risks and challenges
1. What will you do if a Guest Speaker is a “no-show?”
Every ½ hour show is divided into three segments; (1) a timely topic, (2) a gear review and (3) a merit badge discussion. A guest speaker will be invited for each segment. Should we experience a “no-show,” it will be simple enough to either extend a particular discussion or “borrow” the expertise of one of the remaining guests to fill in. In addition, I have 30+ local Scout Leaders to call as last minute backups. Finally, as we host more and more shows we will accumulate recorded segments that we can use to fill-in, as required.
2. What will you do if you experience an equipment or service provider failure?
The show is designed as a three camera setup. Should one camera fail (or even two), we will set one of the cameras to a “medium” shot that can cover a broader scope and move to handle the different guest speakers. Should we experience a catastrophic broadcasting-computer failure, a personal laptop that can accommodate one camera (as opposed to 3-4 cameras) will be setup as a backup for every show. Should we experience a content delivery service provider failure, we will switch over to a free service such as Google+ for delivery. As we control the links to the broadcast on our webpage, we can change the links on a moment’s notice without “stranding” viewers. Lastly, should our internet provider (e.g., Comcast) go down, we can redirect our links to a “technical difficulties” message from our website through a cellular connection.
3. What is your backup plan if you don’t receive enough funding?
The Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” The question is not so much “will we go live,” but “when will we go live?” The answer depends on the generous support from viewers like you.
Kickstarter funding will allow us to go live as a global internet VidCast in September of 2015 and allow the host and guests to interact directly with participants beyond a studio audience. Should we not meet our Kickstarter funding goals, we have several other viable options which include producing recorded shows for broadcast and/or seeking alternative revenue streams.
Accordingly, we have a pre-established contingency plan with the local, community TV station to allow us to use their studios to create recorded versions of the Global Troop Town Hall. If we do not initially make our Kickstarter goal, we will maintain our September 8th broadcast date with a recorded show and push the launch date of a live show into 2016. Subsequently, we will revisit the idea of establishing ourselves as a 501(c)3 non-profit sooner and begin the process of writing grant applications and seeking other revenue streams.
4. What happens if you start growing too quickly?
As mentioned, above, we have a relationship with a local, community TV station that is ready and willing to help us grow.
5. How will you provide a unified presence?
In order to provide a unified presence, the Global Troop Town Hall has acquired the following URL's, emails, and profiles:
GlobalTroopTownHall.com (which redirects participants to the .org site),
Google+: Global Troop Town Hall
LinkedIn: Global Troop Town Hall
YouTube: Global Troop Town Hall
In addition, as website names are sometimes hard to remember, the Global Troop Town Hall has also acquired several similarly named URL’s which will redirect participants to the proper webpage, though they, themselves will not be publically advertised.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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