Re: GEN membership
Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT)
Mon, 20 Mar 1995 01:44:13 +0000
Jim Butler said:
> It was interesting to see the statistics posted by Graig Bond on
> the membership trend in the US from 1911 to 1993. I would like to see
> similar lists from other countries.
I don't have that, unfortunately.
I have stats for Agesci in 1974 (the year it was born from the Boys
Scout and the Girl Guide associations) and 1992-1994. I already posted
the stats for 1992 and 1993 to Scout-L, so I'm just giving those for
1974 and 1994
Cubs (8-11): 20672 31564
'Coccinelle' (girl Cubs) 6422 23125
Scouts (12-16): 26123 37729
Guides (12-16): 9357 30743
Rovers (16-21): 8229 19134
Ranger Guides (16-21): 3020 16019
Leaders (men): 5678 15479
Leaders (women): 2106 10355
Chaplains: 1599 2327
Grand total: 83286 187018
AFAIK, the growth has been quite constant. The Girl Guides association
was quite smaller, but this was overcome and the gap between sexes is
Also, Italy has been on 'zero growth' for some time, now, and there
have been lots of schools closed for lack of students.
Scouting is one of the few youth associations which has been growing!
Before the merger, I have just some sparse data for the Boys'
> Does anyone have an explanation for the big dip in membership in the
> mid 1970's?
> Is that trend reflected in membership in other countries?
I believe that trend was reflected in many countries, but not in Italy.
Donald Boulanger said:
> I am not sure why there was a dip in the 70's but it sort of went
> hand-hand with the anti-military fever that was rampant at the time. I
> had a scout age son then and I was in the military but he steadfastly
> refused to have anything to do with scouting. I now have yet 2 more
> sons who thrill at just going to scout meetings where they can learn new
> things. Peer pressure is the only thing that I can imagine.
I believe the 'anti-military fever' didn't hurt scouting in Italy. It
never had any relationship with the armed forces after WWII (many
former scouts were partisans, though!), and was always a bit
anti-militaristic, especially because Mussolini's regime disbanded
scouting to substitute it with a para-military party-dominated
structure. So I guess the 'anti-military fever' caught us prepared to
offer youth what they wanted!
This may explain the continued growth during the '70s.
Group Scout Leader
AGESCI (Associazione Guide E Scouts Cattolici Italiani)
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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