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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 some Monday meetings.

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 every so often.  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.

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.
Recent such events included the T4 video screening, some board game nights, and the T4 Christmas party last year. All of that went well. Plus right now (as of early July 2017) the troop is heading off to a summer camp.