You are starting out miles ahead of where I started. 2-3 boys, no gear but a good CO. After 4 years we are up to a small handful of boys, a bit of equipment (all hand-me-downs) and yet the boys are doing well. We make it to camp every year and it only costs the boys $50 each, the rest is raised with popcorn and other fundraqisers.
I started out with nothing more than a "section" of town that "needed" a scout troop. We are surrounded by 5 other troops, all stretching into the section. It is a economically depressed area of town.
We've been at it for 5+ years now. (The in years is because the first year or so we ran the program without being a registered troop because we didn't have 5 boys to form the troop.
The hardest part is when my boys go to a district/council/summer camp event, they see the trailers, the new equipment, the matching tents, the fancy this and that, it's quite a bummer for them, but they soldier on anyway.
The other 5 troops still tend to raid any feeder packs that could offer more boys that they have traditionally fed from and it's hard to recruit boys to a new troop verses an Eagle Mill, well entrenched program that tend to be generally adult run. We pick up most of our boys from the neighborhood that haven't had a Cub experience. Even the boys from the pack of our CO don't often join because they get lured away with the razzle dazzle of and easier scouting experience. It is difficult not having older boys in the troop.
So even though I, too, started a new troop, the dynamics are far different than what you are starting with.
Best of luck with your new troop!
Edited by Stosh, 28 July 2017 - 08:36 PM.