When I became a new Scoutmaster a good friend took me aside and gave me some great advice. He told me that its all about the Troop program. We were building a Troop from scratch and so he assured me that if we built a great program, the Scouts would come and we would have a troop that would do great things.
That was 7 years ago. We built a great program and as the Scouts got older they all added to that program building it stronger and stronger each year. Annually our District, like every other District in the BSA hosts their District Dinner or Annual Awards Banquet. For the past 4 years Troops 174, 544, and my Troop (664) have been competing for the Troop of the Year.. Trading off between the three of us, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, typically separated by 1 or points between Troops. My Troop has never been number one.. until now.
Last year Troop 174 won the top honors and we came in a very close second. There was a 3 point spread between 1st and 3rd place. This year there was a 4 point spread between 1st and 4th place and once again the three Troops were in the hunt. When they announced that Troop 544 was third place, I immediately thought.. “Well, we got second again this year”, then they announced that 174 was the runner up. My committee chair looked over at me and we smiled. “And the Troop of the Year is 664!” our Awards chair announced. 7 years of building and working with our Scouts to build this program and here it is the Troop of the Year for our District.
I am proud of the work that the Scouts have done, the support of a fantastic committee, and the dedication of some great Assistant Scoutmasters that made this all happen.
It all started with a Giant helping me get started. Thanks
Have a Great Scouting Day!