Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Traditional Scouting Programs and Trends
Re: Traditional Scouting Programs and Trends
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 21:09:48 -0600
Dear Mike and Mike,
On Mon, 20 Dec 1999 17:18:48 -0600, (MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle) <blackeagle@SCOUTER.NET> wrote:
>Yep. It sure was the BACK END of the BoyPower'76 national program emphasis.
>There was a lot of fallout from BoyPower which caused the BSA to reformula
>its' programming and how registrations are handled and by whom at what level.
Which is why, I think, you and others have stated that the figures from the 60s and 70s could be inflated.
>That was the last year that public copies of the membership figures and
>numbers were made available officially. After 1993, the BSA only made those
>figures available through the official Annual Report and to the Council
>officers within each local Council. All others had to put in a personal
>request through a local Council to National to get copies of those figures.
>I had a very hard time getting figures after 1994 (and still do to some
>extent) without the intervention of a Council's Scout Executive.
Except on this list! We seem to be able to get the report published here faster than most executives get it! ;-)
Neat cartoon! I will probably show it to the Scouts soon! I am usually the one around here who insists on us examining and reexamining what we do in Scouting. People can't stand me for it sometimes.
BTW, If I was mistaken, I appologize. Don't now prove me a fool by finding some minor faults and having them printed in your local newspaper, published on the web or having them show up in a court case against the BSA as 'proof' of something or another.
I thought Ed was mistreated on this list and on rec.scouting.usa as well. A Scout is courteous to all, not just those who are courteous to them. I don't think he has accurate facts, and I don't know what the accurate facts are. If publishing accurate facts will help the Scouts, great, let's publish them, but if publishing accurate facts will show problems, and blemishes, then lets be careful how we publish them, if at all. Americans really like to show all of our dirty laundry to the world...often the world asks why??? In this case, I want to have the right people examine the laundry, clean it, and then we can show our cleaned and pressed uniforms to the public. In other words, if we have problems, and are loosing members, lets fix the problems. There are MANY, MANY people within the BSA examining membership figures, both volunteers and professions, on both a local and national level. I really don't see much added value in publishing partial and often misleading information vi
a this list, or via publi
Yours in Scouting,