Re: NUMBERS - NUMBERS - NUMBERS
Sleezer, Jim (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Wed, 25 Nov 1992 11:00:48 CST
Tom, I'm not a current or past professional but did prepare for a career
in "youth agency administration" through the American Humanics Foundation.
That translates roughly to a college course for professional scouting.
That is all irrelevant except that it may give me a perspective on the
I think Ron Hart's post on the topic was excellent and really highlights
the reason for recruiting--to give youth a chance to be involved in the
It is essential that all four areas--membership, finance, program and
advancement--function. It sounds like in your case they may function
one at a time rather than all functioning all the time. I know that it
is tough for a district or council to keep everything going all the time.
Because there are prime times (like the beginning of the school year) for
recruiting, there is naturally emphasis on that area in September. However,
having a strong membership committee makes this only a small beep in the
year around program and, in fact, should be part of the program.
Ron's retention rates compare with my experience (with an occasional
exception re transition from Webelos to Scout). If we put in a strong
effort and increase retention by 10 percent over Ron's figures (i.e.,
88 percent from Tiger to Wolf, etc.) but do no recruiting, we endup with
only 10 percent of the original tiger group six years later (first year of
Boy Scouts). Recruitment is essential to continued success!!
Having said all this, I agree that the emphasis on recruitment may mean
that retention is being sacrificed. However, it is the year around program
--not just the September program--that keeps boys active.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City