Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Traditional Scouting Programs and Trends
Traditional Scouting Programs and Trends
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 09:50:03 -0800
In researching Ed Dunn's assertions I ran across a post from Mike
Walton in which he gave a breakdown of Boy Scouts and Varsity for 1989.
In 1995 Mike Walton posted that based on the 1989 Annual report there
[Note: in 1989, there were 29,187 Eagle Scouts from a Boy Scout/Varsity
Scout pool of 2,775,891 (1,823,778 Boy Scouts and 952,113 Varsity
Scouts)..BSA annual report, 1989]
1989: 1,823,778 Boy Scouts & 952,113 Varsity Scouts.
1998: 945,588 Boy Scouts & 77,859 Varsity Scouts.
I emailed Mike Walton to verify that I wasn't misreading this and he
said that those were the numbers that he had for 1989.
- I don't believe that 1989 was even the peak year.
Are these numbers for 1989 accurate?!
What accounted for this loss?
(This is kinda hard to believe...)
Is this like one of the biggest secrets that some Scouters know but are
not talking about?
If these numbers and the percentage reductions are true then Ed Dunn's
point of "The Last Boy Scout", although overstated, makes a lot more
Have the number of Scouts decreased by 52% in 9 years & the number of
Varsity Scouts by 82%?
Will the Scouts & Varsity continue to become an even smaller part of
the BSA programs in the future with the emphasis on LFL and other
I can understand the need to factor in the "available youth", but the
number of Cub Scouts (+Tigers+Webelos) *seems* to argue against this
being so big a factor in such a large percentage loss.
I'm sure some of you have annual reports from previous years, can you
email me the numbers you have for Scouts and Varsity for those years.
I'm fairly confident in the current breakdown based on the numbers
supplied from BSA External Communications and the 1998 annual report.
BSA Sponsorship statistics for traditional Scouting programs 12/98
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