Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Council Communications - Back to Pro Bashing?
Re: Council Communications - Back to Pro Bashing?
Sat, 4 Sep 1999 09:48:52 -0400
On Sat, 4 Sep 1999, Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> > From: Scouts-L Youth Group List [mailto:Scouts-L@listserv.tcu.edu]On
> > Behalf Of Michael Bowman
> > Sent: Saturday, September 04, 1999 1:20 AM
> > 68 years later the situation is very different. Most kids live in areas
> > that would be considered urban. Most of these areas have not just one, two
> > or three sports, but dozens available. Hundreds of clubs and organizations
> > are there to serve the needs of young people. If anything, the number of
> > kids involved in youth serving organizations is much, much higher on a per
> > capita basis now. The difference is that BSA is not the only game in town
> > for most boys and that it now is in competition for "market share" if you
> > will.
> Another thing we need to guard against it the belief that we are the ONLY
> organization that believes in the kind of development that Scouting teaches.
> I just don't believe that to be true. Any and all of what Scouting teaches is
> also taught in many of the other activities competing for our youths' time
> They may not get it all in one place, they may not get it exactly the same
> way, but it is available. We are hardly the only way that a youth can learn
> character, citizenship and fitness. We may believe that we have the best
> program to achieve those goals, but we can't believe that we have the only
> such program.
> So a more relevant comparison might be a comparison of how many youth are in
> SOME SORT of program today compared to some other year, or what the percentage
> of youth involved in character building activities is today compared to some
> other year.
> Sure, I'd love to see Scouting continue to grow and reach more boys, but
> mostly I'd rather believe that more of our youth are getting some sort of
> coaching and guidance into become better people.
Let's not focus on sheer numbers, because obviously there are more
boys/youth today than in 1930. Let's look at percentages -- in 1930 X%
of age-eligible boys were in Scouts, in 1999, Y% of age-eligible boys are
in Scouts. And let's not compare age-eligible boys in 1930 with
age-eligible *youth* in 1999. Let's compare Golden Delicious Apples with
Golden Delicious Apples.