Re: UK facts and figures for 1992
E. C. HALE (ARTHALE@EKU.BITNET)
Wed, 31 Mar 1993 17:47:35 -0500
You inquired re. the decreasing number of boys enrolled as the scouting
program moves from cubs, to scouts, and on to explorers while stating that a
possible reason could be sports at school.
I agree that school sports and other school related activities are
major reasons for the enrollment decline. However, here in the U.S.A., there
are other factors that seem (to me) to be equally important. Probably the same
factors are important in Canada as well. One of these is simply that sports
programs have become all-pervasive. Here in central Kentucky the various
little-league type sports run almost year 'round. Soccer, in particular,
seems to have leagues that are three-season competetive. We also have
baseball and Pop Warner football. Thank God it doesn't get cold enough for
ice hockey! Another important factor is that 16 is the age of the driver's
license. Intertwined with driving is the after-school job which is often an
absolute necessity if one is to own/operate a car. Finally, there is the "Eve"
problem. Boys in their mid-teens may have discovered the opposite sex some
years earlier, but now they are under hormonal imperitives that brrok no
I think we are lucky to keep any of them!
Just some half-crazed observations by,
Carroll Hale (SM T-118)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City