Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Tue, 19 Nov 1996 11:49:00 EST
A growing program usually indicates a good program since it
is attracting new members every year while retaining current
HOWEVER, I feel BSA is sometimes too focused on numbers.
Quality District requires a net increase in the number of units.
There are only so many schools, churches and boys in a district.
You cannot keep creating more units indefinitely and expect them
all to be good quality programs. And as more and more units
start to compete for the same number of available youth, how
is each unit suppose to increase its membership every year?
In our district there's a troop with over 60 boys and they can
recruit over r20 boys every year because they have a good
quality program. But a troop that large probably looses about
20 boys each year. Some years they may be up and some they
may be down. So the year they have a net decrease of one does
that mean they have stopped being a quality unit?
Packs in our district recharter in May at the end of school year. We
loose a lot of boys at that time because they are not sure if they
want to continue or because they graduated. But in the fall we end
up larger than the year before with new members and some who
decided to return. Now the council wants to move recharter up a few
months. To finish the school year, more boys will be carried over
at recharter. Come summer, they still graduate out of Cub Scouts
or decided to drop just as before. But on PAPER there is no
loss of membership.
When increasing membership becomes the GOAL rather than the
RESULT of a quality program, then all kinds of weird stuff can
happen. We need to be careful about what behavior we reward
because that's the kind of behavior we'll cultivate.
Peter M. Murphy :: email@example.com
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Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
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