“Do you wanna join Cub Scouts?”
The young boy was wearing his Cub Scout uniform, complete with plaid neckerchief and a Webelos hat. His question, directed at another boy who was walking by, echoed the sentiment of the day: Are you interested in Scouting? Do you want to see what compels leaders and children to volunteer the entire last free Saturday before school to recruit for their program?
We have had an amazing summer, and I hope to address the summer activities in another blog. However, August 27 was a special day in the district as Packs, Troops, and Crews from all over the Barbarossa District spent the day recruiting for their programs. Here in the KMC, we held another Scout Expo that brought out almost all of the geographical region’s units in attendance. And those who are separated by distance held their own recruiting events that included special meet and greets and Back to School luncheons in their respective areas. It warmed my heart to hear that all of our almost all of the Barbarossa units were involved in recruiting events, whether this past weekend or sometime this month. Hopefully, we all made lasting connections with recruits who will be joining us this Fall. I am beyond excited to welcome all of our new members and potential members into the Scouting family!
One of my favorite things about recruiting events is that we get to fulfill one of Lord Baden Powell’s great goals of scouting: our friendship and unity with others allows us to spread our happiness and to leave the world a little better than we found it. Scouts were representing their own units as well as the program as a whole, and when we had lulls throughout the day, they were interacting with one another and developing and strengthening the bonds they have with other scouters. I loved that we had Ventures Crews, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, The Order of the Arrow, and Girl Scouts all representing their units together, smiles on their faces and laughter in the air.
As we gear up for another school year, let us remember why we as volunteers do what we do. Let us remember our goals as units and individuals, all working together for the greater good of those we work with and for, and let us remember to do it cheerfully. Our examples will impact the lives of those boys and girls we are working for, and they will hopefully treasure this experience and pass it on to their children.
Do YOU wanna join Scouting? You’ll never regret it if you do!