Re: OPPORTUNITY NOT NUMBERS
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 2 Dec 1992 16:22:12 CST
> I go to school at Eastern Kentucky Uinv. and live and work
>summer camp in Louisville KY. This means I have the opertunity to
>see two councils and two OA lodges. I have noticed that in both lodges
>the number of good quilified "officers" or office holders has decresed.
This is due to several factors that is beyond the control of most if
not all professionals.
The first factor is that we are getting younger First Class Scouts.
The median age ten years ago (1980) was 15.8; today (1990) it's 13.11.
As a result, those younger boys are still interested in the unit and
not in the lodge.
The second factor is the fact that in many lodges, a small group
controls the lodge. This includes Scouts and Scouters from nearby
Troops that make the extra time to do OA-related things either as port
of the Troop meeting or as a additional activity for its youth. As a
result, it is much harder for a young man from outside this circle to
come in an help shape the Lodge. When such things are "forced" upon
the established circle, many of the former get up and leave the Lodge
instead of sticking around and supporting the new officers.
The third factor is that of distance. Again, those closest to the
Lodge and the Council office are the most visible and active
ones...ones out further from the Lodge are not very visible and see
themselves as "renegades" and instead organize District-level OA
activities to replace the Lodge activities and only go to the Lodge
things "because we have to, even though we can do this better".
Finally, the fourth factor is that of professional support. Many
Councils, already hardstrapped for money, would rather tap into year
of OA monies in trust than to raise it themselves, for camping
improvements. This, in turn, makes those within the Lodge angry,
upset with the Council for doing something the Council *is* authorized
to do anyway, and therefore not very supportive to the Lodge.
>There are a number of young men that are 18-21 but the rest are not
>even in high school. Meaning, that there are not many high school aged
>youth in scouting. After discusing this with a few pepole I have
>come to the conclusion that the reason for this is that profesionals
>olny worry about a gain in numbers and not in retention. Has anyone else
Professionals are interested in retaining youth members. But at the
same time, they are MORE interested in seeing the Lodge grow and grow.
When you have massive numbers of Ordeal ceremonies each summer, only
to see a small handful show for the Fall Conclave, there's something
wrong there--and its not retention. It's PROGRAM.
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