Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Thu, 16 Mar 1995 10:11:51 EST
In response to Andy McElhannon's comments about declining membership,
I knew there was a big drop in the 70s in membership of about a
million boys. I have long thought this was more related to the
general tone of the times--the counter-culture, radical politics,
rejection of traditional values, and so forth. But it has occurred to
me lately that another reason may have simply been demographics. I
believe the baby-boomer generation peaked out about then. Could the
decline in membership also be related to the fact that there were
fewer scout-age boys starting in the 70s, simply due to the aging of
the baby boomers? Fewer boys, fewer scouts.
I also was under the impression that total scout membership at this
time was around 4 million, not 5.5 million as Andy stated. Am I
wrong? The lower figure was used at the NCAC (Washington DC area) Pow
Wow in 11/94.
I agree with Andy that changing the BSA policy of prohibiting
homosexual participation as scouts or as leaders would certainly
result in a decline in BSA membership.
CM, Pack 1515
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