TROOP 4 PROPOSAL FROM WEBMASTER MATTHEW LYLES HORNBOSTEL, 2016 [REVISED]
The event - one huge four-hour extravaganza - I had proposed was shot down by Ed and Scott because it would involve gathering boys on a Saturday and thus adding to the number of scheduled meeting days, plus the added issue of the number of visitors involved - how could our troop handle an influx of 30+ people if that occurred? They're exhausted and they don't want to commit to a large additional four-hour extra event, though (intriguingly) they're okay with me taking the lead on about as many Monday meetings as I want to.
So I am modifying my plans to fit into a string of Mondays. Mondays will be fun days at Troop 4, and what the Monday strategy means is less emphasis on one spectacularly big event and more focus on numerous small ones. Similarly, I'm aiming for a plan that would involve gradual growth in the troop, not a single huge event.
I had a second idea which involved a rewards program to encourage the scouts in Troop 4 to reach certain recruiting goals.
But that too, seems risky insofar as the boys might not meet said goals.
So now I'm looking at simply setting up a string of modestly sized fun events, one every six weeks or so, and asking the scouts to attend them.
A board game of Carcassonne with the Troop using a custom tileset I'd designed.
- Several video recording sessions(October 31 and Nov. 7) to fill in gaps in Troop 4 TV: Season 3. I have completed the production side of this fortunately, by now, but the postproduction effort is ongoing.
-The 2016 Christmas party. This happened and it was awesome. We managed to cram the last 2016 Court of Honor, a white elephant gift exchange with some fun items, and completion of one remaining extra scene of T4 TV S3, into a single big event. Bonus: Some of the T4 boys' family members attended, and we had former T4 scouts Salvador and Morgan there, plus Morgan's wife. It was a really big, busy event.
- Next up is the screenings of the entire T4 movie saga, over the course of two meetings circa June or July 2017. This involves me both getting the two new T4 movies done, and tweaking the old ones a bit more, plus obtaining a good projector and supplying snacks for the event.
All told, I intend to pour a reasonable amount of time and cash into making the meetings more fun.
There'll be Ed-led meetings too, of course, focused on scout skills and advancement, but every so often something really fun will occur like a board game night, pizza, cake & ice cream, etc.