further comment on a couple of discussion topics
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Fri, 17 Mar 1995 13:19:34 EST
More on membershp statistics, and lifeguard requirements. First
I talked to my DE today, who showed me the latest issue of
"Pro-Speak," the monthly newsletter for professional scouters.
According to Pro-Speak, total cub membership is just under 2 million,
boy scout membership is just under 1 million, there are about 330,000
explorers, and about 700,000 adult scouters, for a total BSA
membership of just under 4 million. This is .03 percent more than
1994. Interestingly, the largest growth last year was in the varsity
scout program, which grew 6.9 percent to about 68,500 scouts.
One of you--I don't remember who--indicated a day or two ago that
total membership right now is 5.5 million. This would appear to be
On lifeguarding, one of you thought that a scout troop needed to have
a BSA-certified lifeguard present on any swimming trip. Not so. You
do need an adult who has been through safe swim defense training (one
of the requirements of which, I believe, is that a couple of strong
swimmers with necessary equipment such as a long reaching pole and a
rope be present at all times), and safety afloat training. I took
both at summer camp last summer. The certification for both takes
about an hour total, and you are certified for two years (after which
you must take the training again).
So, don't feel you have to deny your boys a fun afternoon of swimming
just because you don't have a bsa-certified lifeguard on the trip. If
you follow the provisions of the safe swim defense program, you should
be just fine.
CM, Pack 1515
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City