Our chapter shrank a bit last year. Well, the combined numbers of two chapters that merged mid year shrank a bit last year. Perhaps the disjointedness of the chapter merger cost us some membership. We will work on our chapter retention and growth this year and see how it goes. That our lodge grew, that means some chapters did well enough to make up for our losses.
Our troop elections so far this year seem to be going well, with many troops electing multiple scouts. 12 elections so far, 40 scouts with 17 elections to go, if the trend continues, this could be a really big year. Of course, our chapter is the size of some lodges, so, it could be apples and oranges to compare.
I'm not sure if we are doing anything particularly different with the elections, maybe, there are just more scouts eligible in the troops this year than last due to the requirements change, I haven't really crunched the data to that level. The new national video is a little better than previous ones I think. And the chapter emphasizes leadership, additional camping opportunity, and service as key reasons that one would want to be a part of the OA.
Our cub scout pack exposure will be pretty big this year compared to years passed, I think we have 6 arrow of light ceremonies on the schedule. The chapter also hosted a webelos in the woods style camp out where the OA staff were showing some sash, and performed an awesome ceremony that was still on the minds of some of the adults at the next round table.
One problem with having a big year, is that, a lot of those scouts will age out together, so big up years will lead to big down years later on. They don't all stay involved, that's just the way it is.