Yesterday we held our first ever Open House. In the past recruiting has come easy, and for the most part it still is. You see, “If you build it…they come”. Yeah, I am referring to a solid Scouting program. If you build a good program, the word gets out and the Scouts come.
This year, however, we thought it would be a good idea to open our doors and show our Troops flavor. Not with the expectation of getting more boys to join, but to show our program and allow them to make the decision. We also thought it would be a good idea to help some of those Webelos that were looking at wrapping up those last few requirements for their Arrow of Light.
So we put together a nice package that accomplished many goals.
First, introduce the troop. Second, help the Webelos, and Finally recruit, if not to our Troop, but then to another troop that would fit the Scout and his families needs in Scouting.
Now we view Scout Troops as Ice cream with many flavors. Our troop is Rocky road. Other troops may be vanilla, chocolate, or cookies and cream, none of them better than the others, just different. Some folks like chocolate better than vanilla, and some like nuts in their ice cream. each flavor is great when that is what you like. And that is what we sell. We sell our flavor. We do not try to be better than anyone else, we do not try to offer what others offer, other than then what is outlined in the BSA program. We all know that troops are different, but we also know that there are certain things that all troops have in common. We offer all the common things, but do it with our flavor.
We had a good turn out, I would not say it was fantastic, but I think that no matter what Troop those boys go to, they will have fun, but more importantly, they will stay in Scouting.
And with that we all win.
Will we do it again.. I am sure we will. Will we change our flavor… probably not… not just to get turn out at an open house. We love rocky road, the Scouts like it and come back every Monday to get more. Is it the nuts? Is it the marshmallow? Or is the chocolate?
All of the above.
Have a Great Scouting Day!