All Aboard

Getting “inactive” parents more involved in Scouting can add new resources to a troop’s leadership while enriching the Scouting experience for new Scouts and their families.

How packs can boost attendance during the summer

When pack treasurer J.S. asked for ways to stimulate participation in summertime pack and den activities, reader suggestions included focusing on family involvement and “thinking big” when planning special events.

Lifelong Learning

The BSA’s new “training continuum” provides volunteer leaders with a seamless transition from one program to the next, with little repetition in content and much flexibility in presentation and scheduling.

What to do when older Scouts stay aloof

After a three-year drought of new members, J.R.’s troop has had an influx of new Scouts. “How can we get our older boys to mingle with the new guys and show them what to do, instead of doing it for them because it’s easier?” he asked.

Do the Right Thing

When leaders emphasize the character-building values of the Scout Oath and Law, boys can be guided to do the right thing.

How to keep control during troop meetings

D.B. said that once his Scouts get wound up at troop meetings, it’s hard to calm them down. Readers suggested planning plenty of interesting activities to capture the boys’ attention.

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