Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Losing Scouts
Re: Losing Scouts
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 10:17:14 EDT
I too, am a SM for a Troop the same age as yours. We started with five
boys, jumped to eighteen the first year and now at summer's end we have ten
active boys and what you described as three "part timers." We also have
lost some boys along the way.
Burnout is easy to happen. We have shifted our focus from growing as a
primary function to developing a good solid core of active Scouts. I can
count on my ten active boys to be there all of the time. Hopefully, they
will share their good times with non Scout friends who will in turn come into
Have the boys that are active develop a strong activity based program
with lots of activities. Have fun meetings. Have a patrol leader call all
of his members prior to a meeting, just to "remind" them of the meeting.
I think that if you have an active group, the numbers will come. If not,
it really doesn't matter as long as all of boys are getting the most out of
Scouting. You really need to make sure that the active Scouts that you have
and your adult leadership are in some kind of alignment towards a goal that
everyone agrees on.
For the boys that are too busy, I would suggest that they still get the
Troop newsletter, letting them know what the "active" Scouts are doing. It
might just persuade them to become active again.
Jeff Stine SM T-29 Martinsburg, WV