Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Demographics
Wed, 22 Dec 1999 13:07:53 -0500
Bill Sheehan made an excellent point. When we registered our son in
first grade in this city the counselor informed us that the rate of single
parent households was over 65%. 65%! And believe me our pack feels it.
That was three years ago. I wonder if its gone up or down.
It comes into play in :
1) getting kids to join - mom or dad just can't fit it into their schedule
2) getting parents to help
3) getting parents to get kids to meetings
4) parents with enough time and energy to attend training
5) parents being able to get two or more kids to two different meetings on
the same night at two different locations.
6) parents think they can't afford it. And while we all say that lack of
should not keep a boy out of scouts there is a pride factor. I have
many parents feeling reluctant to have our unit pay their son's way.
Also, IMHO, I think there is a high % of single parents with little or no
school education. They may not be able to appreciate the benefits of a
program like ours.
My son and I have been trying to get his best friend to join for three
And all of the above are working against this happening. Does he want
to join? You bet he does! He sees and hears all the fun that Sean is
But, a boy really can't join if his parent/s is not comfortable with it,
for whatever reason.
Yep, there are many factors to consider. Good luck coming up with a chart
to catch it all. This is a challenge for us all. And I, for one, see no
solution in the near future. In fact, I see it getting worse.
Sincerely and YICS,
CM & WDL Pack 639
Twin Rivers Council