Re: Why Scouts Quit
Jim and Robin VanderRoest (VANDERROEST@DELPHI.COM)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 18:45:19 -0400
I will throw in my $.02.
In my experience with a Troop, boys leave because:
1. They get too wrapped up in sports and stop advancing. This
gets mommy and daddy frustrated (after all, isn't Scouting just
another way to pad Junior's resume/college application/campaign
biography??!?) and they stop supporting Junior, and actually
_encourage_ him to quit.
2. They reach Eagle, get their driver's license (GRRRR! This one
makes me feel like one of those bears you folks keep talkin' about!
I'd like to propose capital punishment for the yutz who dreamed it up!)
and drop out of an organization that was just a oppressive burden to them.
3. Mommy and daddy don't support the program or work with Junior
at all since in their smug little minds it's "the Scoutmaster's
job" to do all that stuff and, anyways, Scouting is just a place
to drop Junior off to be babysat.
(Do you notice any pattern here? Yes, I think that frequently
parents are the cause of a young man's lack of enthusiasm.)
4. The Troop is not boy run and they know that there is nothing
meaningful for them to do.
5. The Troop has a lousy program, inept leaders, etc., and the Scout's
experience is dismal.
6. For some reason, the other boys do not accept the Scout.
(Here, too, a pattern--these are all things the Unit Leaders with the
help of their wise, friendly, courteous, kind Commissioner Staff (Plug!)
can correct or at least work on.)
We should not discount girls, cars, jobs, and sports as the things
with which the lads occupy themselves after a certain age has been
reached, _but_ it is my experience that a young man who has had a
quality Scouting experience can and will also make time to continue
with the movement.
\_____/ :Jim VanderRoest
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