This topic relates to Cub scouts and Scouts BSA Program improvements to increase membership and aligning the program with today’s young people.
Chart shows number of youth in Cub scouts youth grades K-5 versus year.
Students are usually 10-11 years old when in 5th grade.
Chart shows number of youth in Scouts BSA ages 11-17 versus year.
Students are usually 11-12 years old when in 6th grade.
Students are usually 17-18 years old when in 12th grade.
Data is taken from the BSA Annual Reports.
From the data ,the retention rate is just dismal. ~40,000 Cub scouts did not crossover to Scouts BSA. year after year. What can be postulated as to the reasons for this reality?
- Pre-adolescent parent child relationship
- Adolescent parent child relationship
- Cost barriers to First time scouts entering Scouts BSA
- Cost barriers for Scouts BSA uniforms
- Possible tedium of Cub scouts in the final Arrow of Light year causes youth to lose interest
- Lack of girl troops when girls crossover
- The difference in Developmental Characteristics of 5th grade and 6th grade boy and girls may leave girls unchallenged by the 5th grade.
- The effect on school district organization, Elementary school (grades K-4). Middle school (grades 5 & 6), Junior High school (grades 7 & 8), High school (grades 9 - 12) or other grade organization. Historically, in the United States, local public control (and private alternatives) have allowed for some variation in the organization of schools. Elementary school includes kindergarten through 6th grade (or sometimes, to 4th grade, 5th grade or 8th grade). When a child’s routine is in upheaval both the parents and the child reevaluate their activities and this will have effect on scouting enrollment.
More data is required to determine at what rank and age Cub scouts drop from the program.
This topic bears on the other recommendations that follow:
- Hire a youth adolescence expert on the national level to guide program development.
- Create a membership executive position within councils focused on growth and paid on performance.
- Evaluate program methods and age parameters to provide an engaging option that enables youth members to transition to adult leadership roles and remain active in Scouting
- Transition to digital merit badge resources.
- Leverage High Adventure bases in overall marketing communications strategy.
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