Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Traditional Scouting Programs and Trends
Re: Traditional Scouting Programs and Trends
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 09:39:34 -0600
On Mon, 20 Dec 1999 23:29:07 EST, David Gottshall <Gottshalld@AOL.COM> wrote:
>All I know is back when I was a Scout, a good-size troop was 25-30 boys and
>we had 3 or 4 in town. Now, a good-size troop is anything over 15 and 2 or 3
>are in town. You don't need to be a statistician to figure out that the
>numbers are down.
>The question is how can we turn it around?
It depends on your town, I suppose. My troop is at 40 and we are typical
for my area. But we are a growing community with bulging high schools.
If you have a older community, there may not be the base of youth
out there to draw from.
Should we try for more units? Sure. Should they be larger? That
really depends upon the talent available. We have had discussions
here on troop size. So what are ways of attracting and holding
more Scouts? I think that is the bottom line. And as many would
point out, it is PROGRAM. If you have an active troop, the word
will get out and the Scouts will come. I've seen it happen, time
and time again.
Yours in Scouting,