PATTI SCANLAN (PSCANLAN@WAPA.GOV)
Fri, 17 Mar 1995 07:33:27 -0700
There has been a lot of talk on the list regarding declining
membership and why it has happened. Perhaps we should change our
focus to how to stop the decline and bring the membership back
up. The decline is true in both BSA and GSUSA. In our Girl
Scout Neighborhood we lost approximately 25 girls last year.
This may not sound like much, but we live in a small town (3000
people). In fact, one of the towns that belonged to our
Neighborhood completly dropped the Girl Scout program (and I
think Boy Scouts too!) Our Council is currently working on
getting ideas to bring the membership in Eastern Montana back up.
If membership continues to fall, we may not have a Council at
all. The Treasure Trails Girl Scout Council is currently having
financial difficulties. Also, we recently suffered severe damage
to our Councils camp. It will be closed this year. I anticipate
that this will cause us to lose more girls as we won't have many
activities for them over the summer months. We tend to lose them
over the summer.
I would appreciate any comments that other Councils or areas have
used to try and boost their membership. Our committee is also
working on boosting our minority membership so any ideas in that
area would be appreciated also.
Thanks in advance for your comments.
Patti Scanlan (PSCANLAN@WAPA.GOV)
First Class Girl Scout
Leader, Junior Troop 257
Treasure Trails Girl Scout Council
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