See Troop 48 of Berlin’s unique approach to recruiting

This weekend, Troop 48 of Berlin held their annual Open House Camping Weekend at Goshen Pond Campground in the Wharton State Forest. It’s one of the unit’s regular and most popular recruiting events. Each year, Troop 48 invites Cub Scouts from Packs around the area to stay free of charge and experience the fun of Boy Scout camping for the first time. Cubs have the choice of visiting for a few hours or staying overnight with food and equipment provided.

Scoutmaster, Mike McCormick, says the annual event has been a yearly success dating all the way back to before his time as a Scout in Troop 48 in 1992.

Each year, the Scouts plan fun activities for their guests, including cooking, shelter building, an obstacle course, a Monkey Bridge, a nature hike, and much more. The best part is that it’s almost entirely planned and executed by the youth, following Scouting’s youth-led principle of leadership.

“It’s about impressing them [the guests] and ourselves with what we can do” said the Troop’s Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.

By the time it was all said and done, Troop 48 put together a unique and exciting experience for their guests that should serve as an inspiration for other troops in their recruiting efforts.

On my honor,
David Latimer

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