Re: BSA Membership Stats
Jon Danner (dannerjm@C17.WPAFB.AF.MIL)
Thu, 10 Oct 1996 17:21:45 -0400
At 01:26 PM 10/9/96 -0400, you wrote:
> Tiger Cubs- 8,897
> Cub Scouts- 678,814
> Webelos Scouts- 754,672
> Total Cub Scouts- 1,442,383
> Boy Scouts- 816,563
> Varsity Scouts- 68,499
> Explorers- 313,041
> Lone Scouts- 258
> Total Boy Scouts- 1,198,361
> Packs- 50,100
> Troops- 43,193
> Teams- 7,226
> Posts- 21,394
>After studying the statistics shown above, they show that it might be
>a little fairer and honest to suggest that we change the name of
>Boy Scouts of America to Cub Scouts of America.
>Why, because numbers show that there are more Cub Scouts than
>Boy Scouts youth members.
However, there are still more older Scout units. With 71,813, the older
programs spread out over more charter organizations. Covering more
geography, BSA would appear larger.
A second argument against calling us Cub Scouts of America is that some
people may take offense to CSA :-)
>On the other hand it could be argued that we have always
>called it Boy Scouts of America. A true historical fact.
To follow history, we ought to model the UK version more closely. Let's
combine Cub Packs with Boy Scout Troops, call the program for 11-14
year-olds something like Rovers [I think that's the term. UK scouters
correct me, please.], include females [Here's another emotional subject. ~ ~
~|_| more worms on the loose], and change the name to ScoutsAmerica.
>What are some of your feelings on this? We could have a lively
>discussion on this subject, but the numbers speak for themselves.
>This is just the facts I found, so let's have some fun with them.
>Even though I am a Cub Scout Leader, I love Boy Scouts and Explorers
>too. As a youth I was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and an Explorer. I wasn't
>born full grown, I just got this way over years.
>Don't take this to HEART, those of you who flare up easy, count to 100
>then write in for a discussion or maybe take a pill and rest first.
>Best In Scouting,
>Cubmaster, Pack 6
Yours in Scouting,
Jon Danner, SM
Wright Brothers District
Miami Valley Council
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