Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Losing Scouts
Tue, 7 Sep 1999 23:07:44 -0500
This is the second summer for our new troop, this summer and last summer we
"lost" some scouts over the summer, they failed to attend meetings, did not
go to camp and in the fall dropped out of the troop. Tonight, I had a
patrol leader show up on football regalia (he never had a scout uniform)
and handed me his Junior Leadership Book and Patrol Notebook saying that he
was to busy and involved in sports, 4H and other activites and maybe he
could come back next year. I have also lost 1 boy that has moved, another
that has spent the summer away with his dad and is no longer interested and
two others that are finding other things to do in school. I registered the
troop in march with 15 boys and am now down to 8 "active" and 2
"part-timers". I find this very discouraging and would like to know if
this is a somewhat normal flucuation or cycle or do I have a problem.
Scouting has taken a couple bad raps in this community in the past seveeral
years because of troops starting up and fizzling out. I made a personal
committment to do this for an extended period of time, with my personal
goal of not letting it die a quick death.
Perhaps I am getting burned out...