Re: Ref Scouting for Boys +
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Thu, 13 Aug 1992 17:14:07 EDT
I just had a very interresting talk with a NOW unemployed PROFESSIONAL
Scouter on the topic of programs for YOUTH 18-21, and also a bit of
thought on WHY the BSA programs have moved DOWN in age, over the past
few years, but have not expanded any formal program for YOUTH 18-21.
Bottom line $$$$! What else could it be I guess. Youth 18-21 are
either in college with NO money, and/or their parents have no money,
or the youth has just moved out of the house, and started a job, and
has no money and no time for scouting. On the other hand the faster
growing part of scouting, in terms of members and familys, now appears
to be at the YOUNGER ages say 6-8. (Tigers and Cubs)
There has apparently been a recogised NEED for a program for youth 18+,
but there has been NO MONEY to fund the program or program development.
Again this is the "opinion" of a recently un-employed PRO SCOUTER, but
it does make some sense.
If BSA is to retain all these NEW younger scouts, they will need a
program that the YOUTH find exciting. It seems some areas of Exploring
have grown when a program was put in place, so it would appear that
if there was a well planned program for that age, more YOUTH would
still be active in scouting after age 18. The problem remains, how
could it be funded?
don izard, still scouting since '57
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City