Re: OPPORTUNITY NOT NUMBERS
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 1 Dec 1992 09:44:03 EST
IN reply to Adrain's thought: I am not sure how the PRO staff could
or should address retention, other than to try to insure that the
best people are running units, and that the units are running the
best programs posible within BSA guidelines. Other than that,
it is up to the unit leaders to "retain" the scouts. The PRO
staff seem to work on recruitng, publicity, school nites for
scouting etc., to get these youth in to the program. I have seen
only a very few SM's do "DOOR" to door recruiting or even be very
active in the school recruiting efforts. At least in our area it
seems to be the PRO staff that is out there shaking the bushes
to find new scouts, and consider if a NEW unit might work, or
re-start a unit in a school or church that one had a unit.
I think that PRO staff face the facts that historically, it
is an easier task to recruite NEW members than to keep them.
A large majority leave the program before age 16, and with
the existing program, I don't think that will change! I would
be interrested to see five years from now, if retention figures
for CO-ed scout units in Canada are any better.
Don, scouter since '57
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