Scout advancement time and dropouts
Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Mon, 18 Aug 1997 14:16:33 CDT
>Our goal is to get the new boys to First Class within the first year. Our
>experience is that they usually drop out if they don't do this.
I have heard this before but we have not seen it in our Troop. Our
experience is new Scouts who are aggressive towards advancement will get to
1st Class between 7 to 11 months. Scouts who work consistently but aren't
aggressive get theirs between 12-15 months. A couple of Scouts take
Maybe it's our program, but if we keep Scouts four months, we have most of
them a year and a half later. We loose most of our Scouts in the first four
months after they join. Other Troops in the area also have seen this.
For us, we are just learning how to work with new Scouts. They really need
to be monitored to make sure they are having fun and understand the Troop
program, and just be around for questions. It is a new world from Cubs and
if a boy is not having fun because he doesn't have a clue, he won't want to
go again next week.
Our Troop is fairly new and we are just figuring out how to help these new
guys. But it's not easy, we spend the first couple of months trying to
figure out how to work with new Scouts and many times it's to late after
that. We are working on some new ideas, I think this year will be better.
Three of us just started Woodbadge, this will probably be a ticket item for
one of us.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City