scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: BSA Membership Growth?
Glenn Creamer (nattybumpo@MINDSPRING.COM
Sun Aug 27 2000 - 17:00:19 CDT
Continuing the "string" about "Clinton's signature dropped from Eagle
Scout Certificate" ...
Bob Riley wrote on Sat, 26 Aug 2000:
<I don't know about the rest of you but, this certainly is NOT the
situation in Twin Rivers Council in upstate New York. It also is not my
understanding of the numbers situation in the rest of the country. I
wonder who Mr. Gates is trying to convince?>
Franco Piccione replied:
<I'm not sure he is trying to "convince" anyone. The Central Florida
Council has, in fact, had significant growth in membership for the last
several years. (No, I haven't done the research to specify the numbers).
the employment climate and relative level of population growth has
something to do with different Council experiences?>
From "Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. 1999", 119th Ed.
Table #2: U.S. Population 1960 - 1998
1997 268,008,000 (30.7 % increase)
Table #14: U.S. Resident Population by Age & Sex:
1970 not available
1980 males, 10-14 9,316,000
1998 males, 10-14 9,855,000 (5.8 % increase)
Table # 453: Boy Scouts Membership 1970 - 1998
1970 (boys only) 4,583,000
1997 (boys only) 4,574,000 (0.2% decrease)
Remember, Tiger Cubs, Venture patrols, Varsity Scouting and LFL were
introduced during the 1980s. I suspect these numbers do not include
non-traiditional membeship, i.e., LFL and Explorer Posts.
Simple arithmetic: % of Boy Scouts/ Total U.S. population
1970 2.23 %
1997 1.71 %
Sure looks like a negative growth curve to me.
Glenn Creamer, Training Chair
Vulcan Disrict, Greater Alabama Council