Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Losing Scouts
Re: Losing Scouts
Thu, 9 Sep 1999 10:07:38 -0400
<< 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
Alan, there are obviously lots of factors contributing to a successful
Troop. and yes there are fluctuations. I can only relate from my limited
When I joined Troop 259 as the Advancement CM 6 years ago we only had six
boys in the troop, we have steadily grown over the years to about 40 boys.
We are very active and visible in the community, we have monthly camping
trips (not counting Venture Patrol and many of our Scouts are involved in
the OA), we have our own quarterly newspaper, we contribute articles and
news to the local weekly town paper, we do a lot of service with local
charitable organizations, etc., etc.
Once the Troop reaches a certain size..it tends to advertize itself. In
the first few years we did a lot of "advertizing" in schools, in the papers,
etc. Now, we get so much publicity and the boys are having so much fun that
we no longer "actively" recruit. We had 7 crossover this last Spring, and 3
or 4 have walked in since then.
It takes a lot of work from some dedicated Scouters, and there is
frustration along the way. At times I felt like throwing in the towel in
frustration, as it was always the same small group of dedicated scouters and
parents doing 90% of the work. But the Rewards have been worth the effort...
my son made Eagle two years ago, It looks like we may have 4 Eagles this
year...I enjoy seeing the the boys turning into young men living the Scout
Oath and Law.
Hang in there,
CC Troop 259