Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Demographics
Bill Sheehan, Jr.
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 11:45:10 -0500
A recent posting stated that a major reason for the decline in Scouting
was demographics, and was not really given the full examination it
should have. For instance this week it was announced that throughout the
90's here in Cuyahoga County Ohio (Greater Cleveland) the birth rate to
single mothers has risen sharply. (no surprise) It was backed up with
the quantifying statement in 1998 fully 63% of the live births were to
single mothers. They stated is was the single greatest cause of poverty
in the county, too. That would follow that the average ten year old in
our neck of the woods is the child of a single parent family at or below
the poverty level. It doesn't take a genius to determine that the REAL
available pool of Scouting candidates traditionally recruited from has
shrunk dramatically. As such so would the number of Scouts. So
demographics really are and will become an important factor.
It should also be a wake up call for all of us that the whole idea of
recruiting will have to change in the very near future. This multiple
recruiting approach will have to come from the top down to really work.