Troop Sizes in General
Anthony J. Mako (ajmako@APK.NET)
Mon, 9 Feb 1998 19:54:39 -0500
Since the thread concerning Limiting Troop Sizes seemed to be becoming much
more generalized, I thought I'd pose a little brain-teezer for all you
commissioners out there. But hey, everyone is welcome to reply.
Here's the situation: You have a predominately suburban section of your
district which sports five troops (the pack brain-teezer will be next). Of
the five troops, two are quite small and on opposite sides of the
geographical area we are talking about. Between these two troops are 1) a
troop of about 30 Scouts, 2) a troop of about 40 Scouts, and 3) a troop of
about 60 Scouts.
The two small troops (which happen to be the two oldest in the area) are
small because their program wasn't the greatest or the leadership wasn't as
dedicated, or they couldn't seem to recover from some of the traumatic
experiences they had. The largest (and most popular) routinely adds at least
two eight-Scout patrols every year but never seems to get bigger. The
40-Scout troop is on the verge of outgrowing their fascilities, and the
30-Scout troop is still growing.
Now the teaser: Of all the new Scouts registered to the largest troop in any
one given year, 10% remain registered at the end of the year in the same
troop. One percent are registered with a different unit. The question is,
what happened to the other 89% and what would you do to correct the problem?
Anthony J. Mako, email@example.com
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