Why Scouts Quit
GM-13 Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Wed, 28 Jun 1995 20:10:51 -0400
A couple of weeks ago I asked this question and it did provoke a lot
of discussion. It also elicited a lot of comments from individuals as
to their experiences and observations as to why scouts quit their
local organizations. The observations were wide, varied and all
But, the other I have asked has continued to go unanswered. Has BSA at
a national level recently (or ever) collected (or tried) to collect
this data from the scouts who quit. NOT from us as we may view things
quite a lot differently from those who quit.
I note in a recent piece of mail the assertion that states in
"American English" "THREE IMPORTANT reasons" why scouts leave. Yes,
they may be valid reasons but again, the way the mail is put, it is no
more than a unsubstantiated assertion.
If BSA has ever run a survey based upon the customers (and they are)
who no longer use our product (quit) it might be useful if we could
come up with a good solid reference that we all could use. How would
they know who to survey? Ask the ones that failed to reregister!
By the way, none of the "THREE" related to any of the scouts who quit
either before or since I became scoutmaster. My three main causes
were; 1. Boy pulled from scouts as punishment for failing to do
satisfactory work in school. (Several instances)
2. Parents making boys participate in sports. No choice.
3. Harassment(prior to my tenure) by older scouts caused one
entire age group to quit.
Talking to other leaders I know that my cases are not unique. Again I
ask, beyond our individual experiences, what has national done to
collect data and address the issues.
Old enough to know better
Too old to do any better.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City