Re: Why Scouts Quit
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@MARLIN.SSNET.COM)
Mon, 19 Jun 1995 10:35:22 EDT
My personal feeling is that the Scouts leave the programme when and if it
ceases to be exciting and challenging enough to hold their interest...
Variety being the spice of life and all, it makes good sense to have a Troop
or Group programme that is both progressive and varied. This means that,
assuming you would like the Scout to remain in your Troop for five years or
more, your major activityies should be run on at least a five year cycle.
This means five years of a different "super-activity" each year for the more
seasoned Scouts (using your Council camp primarily as a "training ground"
for your younger Scouts.
Trusting and enabling your older Scout to plan and operate the programme
with as little input from the adults as possible is another tool used by
prety much all the best Troops/Groups I have seen around the world. The more
responsibility they have, the more they grow. The more they grow, the better
leadership they display. The more they lead, the more enthusiasm they retain
for the programme.
Does it work? Certainly!
Can I prove it? Well, maybe not in black and white - but we do have Scouts
coming back from boarding schools whenever they can in order to be included
in our activities and meetings. And, the only reason we have lost any Scouts
in the past year at all is due to a few families moving a long distance
away. Just this past weekend we had an activity where one of the Scouts
could not travel with us on Friday evening because he had to work during the
day on Saturday. He arrived Saturday evening so that he could be with us for
the activities on Sunday.
We normally return to our meeting place from a weekend activity anywhere
between five and seven PM, so that we can have a full day's activities on
the Sunday (including a Scouts' Own at some point during the weekend).
We're looking forward to the logistics of where to put a lot of these folks
when they "age-out" of the Troop and want to become Leaders...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City