Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Traditional Scouting Programs and Trends
Re: Traditional Scouting Programs and Trends
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 13:00:34 -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?
Bill Nelson replied:
>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.
Bill, et al:
Indeed. We have only twelve troops in our district but several are well
over 60 scouts. Three are over 75 scouts. In fact, I'd bet that fewer than
half are in the 10-15 range. And as I stated earlier, our district enjoyed
a 10% increase in membership. Granted this is anechdotal evidence...but
it's anechdotal evidence for the whole district, not just our troop. The
evidence that might be more telling is the "percentage of available youth
served" numbers. I still don't have those numbers from my DE.
I gotta tell you though. Scouting seems to be very alive and well in the
HOAC. We still have the highest percentage of Eagles in the nation.....
seems to me it would therefore follow that we are doing a better job of
keeping scouts in the program longer....and that, my friends, it due
primarily to the Mic-O-Say program. There is NO doubt about that!
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
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Heart of America Council Eagle Class of 1963
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