Host the Troop Open House | Organize a Troop or District Activity
During the initial contact with Scout-age youth, we promised that Scouting is action-packed. Youth will expect that adventure soon after they become Scouts, so schedule an exciting activity soon after the troop open house. Here are a few suggestions:
New Scouts joined with the expectation of going camping, and they should be given this opportunity for outdoor activity as soon as possible after the troop open house. Begin planning the activity well before the troop open house so that the event is in place when the new Scouts join.
Some districts may choose to host all their troops for an overnighter at an area camp. The program could include basic Scouting skills, a campfire, and preparing a simple meal. The experience will quickly give new Scouts a sense of belonging and fulfill their expectations of an exciting adventure.
Lock-in events also have proven successful in some districts. Lock-ins, which are especially effective in colder climates, are more like “camp-ins” rather than the usual campout. They can be set up at the local YMCA or school gymnasium. Program possibilities could include swimming, sports, movies, refreshments, and a little sleeping.
According to BSA Youth Protection policies, every BSA trip or outing involving Scout-age youth should be supervised by two BSA-registered adult leaders or one registered adult leader and a parent or guardian of a participant, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age. The chartered organization is responsible for ensuring that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities.
Get New Scouts Involved
New Scouts should be introduced into the mainstream of troop activities as soon as possible after they join the troop. Assign them to a new-Scout patrol and get them started on earning advancement. The Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, or troop guide should take responsibility for helping new Scouts get a good start.