My favorite New Year’s song–of the two I can think of–is “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”(especially Ella Fitzgerald’s version). That title is also a question you should be asking yourself as 2015 rides into the sunset.
Three things immediately come to mind for me:
- Room reservations. If you don’t have dedicated meeting space, now is a great time to review your room reservations for troop meetings and courts of honor during 2016. Just because you use the youth room at your chartered organization every Tuesday night, don’t assume that you’re locked in for the new year. And speaking of being locked in, go ahead now and make reservations for any lock-ins or other special activities at your chartered organization.
- Contact information. These days, prospective members have lots of ways to contact your troop: your website, your Facebook page, your pin at BeAScout.org, and your chartered organization. But will they find the right information? Does anyone check the default email address that’s displayed on the website? Is the church secretary still referring people to the guy who stepped down as Scoutmaster two years ago? Now’s the time to make sure leader contact information is current both online and offline. (For more about BeAScout.org, click here and here.)
- Tax records. As I hope you know, many of the expenses you incur as a Scouting volunteer are tax deductible (assuming you itemize). The end of the year is a good time to comb through your receipts and pull together those that are deductible. (For more information, click here.)
That’s what my to-do list looks like. How about yours? Post other ideas in the comments section.