Summer's over, scouts are back in school, sports have started up, and families are getting back into the routine of work and school.
Scout meetings are taking place regularly - life is good. But, do you remember those few guys that aren't here this year? Those that graduated in the spring and are now off at college or work and no longer in the troop.
Well, those guys are also settling into their routine at a new school or job, possibly far from home and family support. An occasional contact from back home could provide them with enormous encouragement.
Why not take a few minutes and contact the parents of your recent graduates and get their addresses? Write them a short message of support and mail it - it takes just a few minutes and a few cents.
Better yet, print a scouting photo of each one and have all the scouts write a note on the back and send that. We did this with a troop photo for a scout that is at the Air Force Academy to boost his resolve.
You might make it a duty of the Troop Historian to keep a list of troop alumni addresses and emails. The troop could send them Christmas cards each year, or birthday cards, or any sort of contact to let them know they're still thought of.
The BSA has a Scouting Alumni
site giving people an opportunity to reconnect with Scouting.
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