The Light at the end of the Tunnel

Tonight, under the leadership of the new SPL and a handful of Patrol Leaders and interested Scouts, the Troop finalized its Annual Plan.  This years planning seemed to take a bit longer, but looking back at the last few years, the goal has always been to get it completed by the end of September.  The Committee chair sat in on this years plan, she gave the boys the nod at the end of the plan suggesting that it was all “doable”.  As I guided the new SPL through the process, it became obvious that he is in need of more training.. and that’s a good thing, he is ready, but him and I will be spending some quality time together developing leadership skills.
Having said that the plan is outstanding!  I am really happy with it and look forward to one heck of a year of adventurous Scouting!
Caving at Dead Horse cave, backpacking a section of the new Oregon Coast trail, a kayak float down the McKenzie river, making Pulk sleds and snowshoeing a section of the Historic Barlow trail, a sweet backpack trip up to Table Mountain in the Gorge just to name a few of the trips planned.  By the end of the session the Scouts were on 9 foot hover and ready for the coming year.  It was all I could do to keep them from not getting to deep into the weeds, but the excitement was clear.
We talked a little about our Journey to Excellence and what elements they would be helping with.  Recruiting and retention will not be an issue.  We have put 2 new Scouts in during September and 6 more will be crossing over in November.  This on top of the group that will be crossing in February and March.  We plan on dropping some Scouts that have decided to remain inactive, and we will be moving two young men into Assistant Scoutmaster positions as they are about to turn 18.  I am glad that they are not taking their Eagle and running.
So now its up to the Scouts to work toward their next rank and keep camping.  This will be a great year of Scouting.
With the trip to Philmont just around the corner and all the new Scouts in the Troop, the buzz is contagious, you can feel it in the room.  We have 41 Scouts on the “active” roster and growing.
I suppose tonight the SPL and his PLC saw a light at the end of the planning tunnel.  When they got the idea that what they were producing was going to a fantastic year of Scouting it became less a chore and more like seeing the camp ground after a long day on the trail.
I am real proud of those guys, they put in the work and are seeing the results of their dedication and persistance.
I am sure we will be talking a lot more about this in the coming months.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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