Here are some ideas to get that spark going:
· Keep the “outing” in “Scouting” – outdoor activities attract boys and get attendance.
· Make it fun. It’s not all about passing things off.
· Get them involved and running the program. Involvement leads to buy-in.
· Do something big and worthwhile. Something they have to work towards to make happen.
· Ask them to commit. One group got up at 6:30am a week after school was out to start prepping for their big adventure.
· Help them see beyond the uniform to the things they do as Scouts—river trips, canyoneering, etc.
· Try using a field uniform (T-shirt) they helped design for identity and esprit de corps.
· Provide a list of gear they’ll need. Boys get excited about having gadgets.
· Liken it to them. What do they want to be when they grow up? Help them understand how what they’re doing now leads to success later.
· Do some marketing – promote the activities, be enthusiastic.
· Find your own passion in Scouting. You can’t start a fire without heat.
For other ideas see Help Scouts change the perception that Scouting’s not ‘cool’ in the September–October issue of Scouting Magazine.
Author: Matt Pratt
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