Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Ed's Web Site
Re: Ed's Web Site
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 08:33:41 -0600
On Thu, 16 Dec 1999 00:04:40 -0600, (MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle) <blackeagle@SCOUTER.NET> wrote:
Mike Walton suggested we only look at Cub Scout and Boy Scout numbers,
and I initially agreed with him...then I got thinking (a dangerous
thing for me to do, and it hurts a lot too!)
When was Varsity Scouting started? My understanding, and correct me if I
am wrong, is that Varsity Scouting is an 'older boy' program intended
to retain Boy Scouts in what is essentially a Boy Scout program.
It is also used by the LDS extensively for their
boys who were tired of Boy Scouting and they
would have started their own program had the BSA not started Varsity
Scouting. And that Varsity Scouting is just an extension of Boy Scouting?
If the Varsity program is doing its job, shouldn't we see a decline
in Boy Scout numbers after the Varsity program was instituted
as the older boys migrate to the Varsity program....same, to some
extent in 1999 with Venturing?
I don't know of very many people multipling Varsity Scouts, but
there does seem to be good percentage multipling Venturing Scouts this year.
So shouldn't we be including Varsity Scouting numbers
in any histogram?
This is very complex, and just looking at Boy Scout and Cub Scout
numbers, IMHO, would be misleading. I am also in agreement that
we need to look at the available 'market' and 'market share'
in any one year and that percentages of available male youth,
may be a better indicator that BSA population totals...
Yours in Scouting,