Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Traditional Scouting Programs and Trends
Traditional Scouting Programs and Trends
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 12:57:32 -0800
I've gotten a couple of really interesting responses.
One Scouter of many years told me that if I had a couple of hours he
could go into detail about "Chicago-gate", a person named "Storrs
Smith", paper units, non-existent scouts and the hiring of an outside
audit firm. He indicated that there were monies made available
nationally to register Scouts that couldn't afford the fees and this
resulted in "phantom scouts" and units.
Was this the Boypower thing?
Another question that popped up was the double counting of Scouts that
also participate in the LFL programs - how is that handled to reflect
"total youth served" since no registration process is used for LFL?
An interesting consideration is the calculation of "Total Members to
date" when you compare it to the change in number of members for each
Just looking at a few years demonstrates this concept...
Year/Members/Members to Date
In 1991 there was a decrease in members of 126,673 per BSA but an
increase in total members to date of 1,866,776.
Would this yield a turnover/attrition rate of about 1/3?
Does this sound about right based on personal experience?
How would you track unit to unit movement, withdrawal & re-signup prior
to the usage of the registration process and the computer age to
properly reflect membership numbers and members to date?
There are many years to look at on the BSA's website, but they're not
very revealing due to no breakdown (Scouts/Scouters/Cubs/etc...)
I wonder why it stops at 1993...
One response that I received had one word, "Demographics"...
I personally cannot understand how "Demographics" could account for a
52% loss in 9 years since 1989 (if the number of Scouts for 1989 is
accurate) without seeing these age ranges broken down and census data.
I could more easily buy this if this were a loss in the 70's to mid
80's based on the only chart I found so far that gives under 18
demographics - which shows a DRASTIC maturing out of that age range
during that period.
See Census Chart for under 18 year olds...
Does anybody have any reliable charting of "demographics" for the
appropriate age grouping (Scouting/Varsity) during the periods in
question (80's - current) that would explain this large decrease?
The under 18 chart, although helpful, doesn't directly address the
Scout age and loss...
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