Re: scouts lost (membership decline)
Kim Hannemann (KHANNEMANN@WORLDBANK.ORG)
Tue, 14 Apr 1998 09:11:40 -0400
Header rejiggered for better comprehension!
> I was wondering how many scouts are lost by troops during a year, maybe by
> percent. We lose 10%. I think that might be kind of high.
> John M. Teske
It may depend on what you mean by "lost". Even if you mean "left for
greener pastures," it sounds pretty good to me.
I've just completed the rechartering for our Troop and Post. We have
retained this year 14 of the 17 new Scouts who joined a year ago. One
moved, two left for other reasons. That's "only" 82% new scouts'
retention, but we're proud of it! Three years ago we lost over 50%.
Overall, 14 of 61 scouts left our troop since last year including the
three above. That's about 23%. Of the other 11, 2 were moves (DC is a
relatively transient area, given the government and military presence),
2 were age-outs, 3 left the troop at age 16-17 - all Eagles - but remain
in our Explorer Post, 1 transferred reluctantly due to a meeting day
conflict (I count that as a move), and 3 left for other reasons.
Overall retention 47/61 (77%), available & eligible retention 47/55
(85%), including Explorers 50/55 (91%).
A total of 9% (5/55) of available and eligible Scouts/Explorers left for
other reasons - lack of interest/too busy with other things/you name it.
Frankly, I think that's remarkable. If your similarly-derived loss is
only 10%, I think your troop is remarkable too.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City