The Road to Scouting will be held on Saturday, September 7, at the Church of the Good Shepherd
(corner of Olley Lane and Braddock Rd) from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. This event is the District’s Webelos to Boy Scout Transition program where Troops showcase their units to Webelos via display booths. An informal presentation of the Boy Scout program is provided to Webelos and parents/guardians. Troops should email Ken Gaul (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc me to reserve a table.
Message from Ken Gaul to participating Troops:
Thanks for agreeing to help our Arrow of Light/Webelos Scouts get a head-start on finding a great Troop to join (and congrats for getting a head-start on your own recruiting)! Attached is the general agenda for this year's Road to Scouting event on Saturday. Note that the times are somewhat flexible, so we can let some modules go long if they're going well.
Some general information:
The location this year is the Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Road (at the intersection with Olley). Park in the rear parking lot off Olley, and enter through the back door (preschool entrance).
Setups can begin at 12:45, and we're asking all the Troops to arrive by 1:00 pm at the latest. There will be tables available for each unit. If you're doing something that requires electricity such as a slideshow on a laptop, please bring an extension cord - we can't guarantee immediate proximity to an outlet. Please try to bring 2-4 boys in class A uniform if possible - the guests like talking to Scouts a lot more than us old guys!
The format is very similar to the last few years - there will be plenty of time for the guest to check out each Troop. There will be a short introductory .ppt about Boy Scouting, followed by the best part of the program - each participating unit can have a Scout say a few words about an aspect of the program. We've found that it works best if each boy chooses an particular aspect of the general Scouting experience to talk about, rather than "this is why my Troop is the best!" (that quickly turns into a "I can top that" contest among the speakers). The topics can include things like:
-- what's it like to be a first-year Scout
-- what are Scout patrols
-- what is summer camp like (we can do a couple of these on different camps; hopefully one will be Goshen?)
-- neat things I've learned about leadership in Scouting
-- high adventure - Philmont, Northern Tier, or Sea Base
-- what a typical weekend campout is like
-- specific activities (this can be almost anything - an especially fun themed campout or event, camporees, service activities, etc.)
-- Jamboree (if we have an attendee)
-- becoming an Eagle Scout (if we have an Eagle)
-- what are merit badges, and/or some neat things I've learned doing a particular merit badge
-- or just about anything else that would be interesting to the boys and their parents.
I will come around to each Troop and solicit volunteers and theme ideas during set-ups. If the boy can talk for 2-5 minutes, that would be great. If you want a boy to speak, have a couple of topics in mind, since we can't do 7 talks on summer camp...
Last year we had well over 100 guests, and we're hoping for a good turnout again this year.
We have a good mix of great Troops of different sizes and focuses from throughout the District. The nine Troops signed up to participate in Road to Scouting as of Thursday are:
1966, 1965, 1865, 1533, 1347, 1346, 1131, 1100, 697
See you on Saturday!
Patriot District R2S Coordinator