Re: BSA Membership Stats
Steve Plater (SPlater321@AOL.COM)
Sat, 12 Oct 1996 17:53:33 -0400
Jon Danner wrote...
>>Richard Axtman wrote...
>>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.
>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.
Two points I'd like to make,
Firstly, a technicality. In the UK, Scout Groups comprise one or more of the
Beaver Scouts (Colonies), ages 6 to 8
Cub Scouts (Packs), ages 8 to 10 & a half
Scouts (Troops), ages 10 & a half to 15 & a half
Venture Scouts (Units), 15 & a half to 20
Not all groups have all sections, my own has a Beaver Colony, a Cub Pack and
a dormant Scout Troop. Groups operate as one organisation, albeit split into
separate sections for the purposes of the Scouting program. Boys (& girls,
see later) are encouraged to move up to the next section of their Group when
Second, mixed organisations. There are females in all sections of Scouting
in the UK, from Beavers through to Ventures (and of course to leaders). It
is the individual Scout Group's decision to go "mixed" and a mixed Group must
allow boys and girls to join all of the Group's sections. The take up of
this has been very patchy. My District (Haltemprice, the area to the west of
the city of Kingston-upon-Hull) has no mixed Groups whereas the neighbouring
District of West Hull has 100% mixed groups. Mixed groups must (naturally I
suppose) have mixed leaderships and this has led to difficulties for some Cub
Packs who have difficulty finding leaders at all, never mind male and female
leaders in the correct balance. This may seem strange to some of you
American Packs who seem to have far larger operations than UK Packs. The
average pack in Haltemprice District has about 20 boys.
I hope this has been of interest to some of you,
3rd Cottingham (Methodist) Scout Group
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City