Re: Why Scouts Quit
Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. (Freemason@AOL.COM)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 22:57:57 -0400
On Mon, 19 Jun 1995 08:03:28 -0400 GM-13 Stephen Hoar
<hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL> wrote a little ditty:
>Boy, does this subject ever stir up heated debate. I was at a recent
>training meeting where I asked the DE 'Why do scouts quit'. He
>replied that 'everyone knows why they eventually quit...sports and
We just had a change of DEs in May. We are now covered, at least for now, by
our council's Field Director. He attended our May Commissioner Staff
meeting, and shared a little tidbit with us. Apparently, National performs
surveys on a regular basis, and he gave some of the "trivia" on why boys
quit. It was rather interesting.
Apparently, the number one reason that boys quit is not "sports and girls."
These are in the Top Five, but not the Number One. The top slot for reasons
why boys quit the Boy Scout program is: <fanfare trumpets> The Scoutmaster
Number Two was: yearnings for independence. Seems that 4-16 yo boys want to
start breaking away from the groups that they associated with in their
formative years. It's not just Scouting - religious organizations are
suffering the same fate, too.
Bad program follows in here somewhere - seems the boys get bored &
discouraged. Next seems to be peer pressure. Finally, the two scourges of
Scouts everywhere <GBG>: Sports & Girls.
For you Cub Scouters, the number one reason is that the Den Leader quit.
>I know why my scouts leave/quit because I track them down and >ask them.
But the reasons in my area may be different than your >reasons.
OK, how about supplying <your> survey results to the rest of us to muddle
over. They are probably interesting.
Moral of the story: Unit leaders, before you quit, train your replacement!
If you haven't, then you are doing your boys, and yourself, a great
>I look forward to your opinions, facts, ideas, factoids, flames.
You asked for it, ya got it (sorry, Toyota)
>Old enough to know better
>Too old to do any better.
Still young enough not to care :)
(and a good ole Owl, too!)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City