Re: Recruit young ladies
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 11:09:17 EST
>In Acton, Mass, There are probably 120 boys in scouting
>within 4 troops. We product 2-3 Eagles per year and
>in general, most the boys are proud of being in scouting.
How many of the 120 boys are in 9th grade or older? You are sort of
comparing apples and oranges here. Either count only HS age boys when
comparing numbers, or include 5th - 8th grade girls.
In Ithaca NY there are ~450 registered Girl Scouts in 44 troops, 12 of them
are Seniors (9th-12th grade) ~60 of them are Cadettes (6th-8th grade) that
leaves the rest to 5th grade and younger, the majoirty being in 1st - 3rd
grades (Brownies). This year the only level we made our recruitment goal
was Cadettes and Seniors (up from 30 Cadettes and 5 Seniors). Sorry, I don't
know the BSA statistics for our area...actually, the only Boy Scout I know
in our area is the son of our Senior Advisor.
Yes, we still have problems retaining older girls, part of it is because
Scouting in general (boys or girls) isn't perceived as being 'cool'. All
of our Senior GS except for one was in the Junior Honor Society, and several
have already been elected to the Honor Society in HS. So does Scouting
help breed this exceptional student, or is it because they are exceptional
students, that they don't mind going against the crowd and are a part of
Another contributor to losing the girls is the additional extra-curricular
activities that they start participating in. One of the reasons, I think,
that the Senior troop has been on the increase, is because they have changed
their meeting schedules. They don't even begin to meet until October, and
then only once or twice a month, while soccer and other sports schedules are
heavy. Then in the winter months (Dec-March) they meet more regularly.
Regular meetings end in April, but they still get together for special events.
They are very active in the Service Unit, and participate in many council
events. Our Seniors are too young (the oldest being in 10th grade) to have
earned their Gold Awards yet, but they are all working on them. As a matter
of fact their next meeting is to review Gold Award Requirements, and see where
they are falling behind or may need help.
Something that seemed to help, retain more Juniors as they Bridged to
Cadettes, was to hold a SU wide encampment for Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors.
Also the Cadettes are becoming more visible with in the SU, so that the
younger girls can see what they are doing and have something to look forward
to. If the girls are not already in Girl Scouting by the time they reach
Middle School, they not going to join. We need to work on retention of
the older girls and recruiting at the younger ages.
Lynn Whited | Brownie Troop 401
firstname.lastname@example.org | Junior Program Consultant
Cornell University | Canoe Instructor / Leader
607-255-3727 | Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City