Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Troop size
Re: Troop size
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 10:43:22 EST
Mark Arend wrote:
> A few years back (well, perhaps more than a few) I heard of a study that had
> been done on the sizes of Troops. As I remember it stated that Troops
> tended to stay about the size the Scoutmaster felt comfortable with (either
> consciously or unconsciously). If the Troop got a large influx of new boys
> within a year or so they'd be back to the old level.
You may be referring to a report titled Are You Delivering the Promise
published by BSA (pub.#18-251). It discusses the components that make up a
good troop and uses statistics based on BSA research.
It states the following regarding troop size:
First, the median size troop is sixteen Scouts. Second, the quality of
program increases significantly when troop size reaches twenty-one. Our best
troops (11 percent of the total) serve thirty-three or more youth.