As you may have heard, we will have our Fall Court of Honor this coming Sunday up at Camp Glen Gray at 11AM, right after the first Training Conference camping trip of the year.
We will hold the Court of Honor in the Dining Hall at the camp, and all parents are encouraged to attend. We will recognize Scout accomplishments and also welcome new Scouts and their families into Troop 12.
A key part of Scouting is for each boy to be recognized in front of the Troop and his family for the hard work he has put into his merit badges, rank advancement, and participation awards. We will serve refreshments and will keep the ceremony on time so that everyone can enjoy their Sunday.
So please make sure to attend and give the Scouts the recognition they deserve for their hard work.
This is a reminder that we may have prospective Scouts and parents show up on Friday to check us outs at St. James. I had a school function last week so I couldn’t be there to welcome any of the new parents or scouts. I can to be that person this coming Friday.
Based upon the Scout recruiting seminar recommendations, we (parents/scouts) should make a concerted effort to welcome them, take care of the parents and kids so they get an idea of our Troop culture.
Perhaps Staff can make sure the new kids are shown some special skill (knots, discuss how to safely chop/split wood, put up a tent, build a pretend fire, bandage a broken limb, anything) or do something with them so they are not just standing at the end of a patrol line.
If any Eagle Scouts are there this Friday, it may be nice to have them speak to the parents and/or kids as a group about their experiences, as they are our best tool to demonstrate the value of Troop 12. It is awkward for newbies to be thrown into an unfamiliar environment.
The Scout recruiting seminar info noted that one of the most important things we can do is just to make a great first impression on the kids and parents. We need to give them the registration sheets and try to get their names, telephone numbers and email if possible to follow-up with them. I’m happy to call them next week to try and get them back.
This may already be in the plan for Friday so I apologize if this is redundant!