Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Sun, 10 Mar 1996 09:03:58 -0500
Dave Hills raised an excellent point. I have been watching this thread
for awhile now, and have been a bit confused as to why a lot of the
posters have been discussing such things as where the numbers come from
and what the sample group is and so forth. It seemeed to be something of
a superficial concern until Dave raised the point as to whether or not
the originating demoographic of the children served by Scouting plased a
signficiant part in the outcome.
I am concerned that his summation is correct for quite a few countries.
Statistics can be researched to provide the outcome you would like to
publish, in many instances. If things don't turn out the way you are
hoping they will, you have done one of two things - either you have
designed a neutral survey that brought you back an accurate picture, or
you are doing such a poor job of providing quality service or products
that no amount of survey "targeting" will gloss over the facts.
This is a survey that should be extended to who Scouting was serving
while the targeted group were of Scout age, to see who was being served
by Scouting and how many of their Scout Groups had a full demographic
spectrum represented as an accurate reflection ofthe community. Were
this to be done, I think the conclusions would have to be modified
Many of us are not doing enough, I believe, to build Scout Groups that
accurately reflect the demographics of the ENTIRE community we live in.
We are making an effort in the Groups I work with, but it's not an easy
thing to do, but it is very much worth the effort once you succeed.
Why is this important?
No, this is not an affirmative action thing. It is an opportunity to
have a spectacular effect on the lives of the children and adults who
are part of the Scout Group - as well as their families.
In a well-run Scout Group, there is a very active programme that the
youth and adult members enjoy enough to keep coming back for more.
Friendships can be formed between people who would not have social
interaction with each other in almost any other activity. Bonds formed
within the Scout Group often last a lifetime, which can build better
relationships across your entire community, not just in one narrow
demographic band of economic living standard.
It's one of the reasons that uniform is important in Scouting. The
uniform helps bring everyone totgether, and helps transcend race, creed,
and whether or not a family has a lot of money to spend. Uniform and
equipment banks, along with camperships when necessary, within the Scout
Group become an integral part of the Gr9oup's operation, helping all to
participate in every aspect of the programme.
Until your Gropu is involved in this type of programme, you are not very
likely to have a really good idea of just how much effect you can have
in a young person's life and the way that he or she sees the world, and
you will have no idea of how your programme can lift the attitudes and
aspirations of that young man's or young lady's entire family.
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