Has there been any effort to look at marbling Troops and Packs together?
I understand that kids develop at different paces and some activities are better served through separate programs. But from an administration perspective, the “super unit” would be more productive requiring 1 leader for recruiting, 1 leader for advancement, 1 leader for Training, 1 leader for YPT.
The other benefit is that Cub Scouts will look at older Scouts and see what they do and may be more likely to stay,
Our Webelos AOL effectively became a Patrol in our Troop for the AOL year because virtually all of the AOL requirements are Scout Rank requirements. The transition included having a Scout as a Den Chief. It seems to me that merging the finances and the overall administration would make a more efficient program and the delineation between Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA could be less overt.
Our Pack shuttered due to the pandemic and the placement of Scout Reach into our inner city schools (those kids got dropped when Scout Reach ran out of money). We have been getting inquiries for Cub Scouts but then look at the volunteer requirements and it becomes a heavy load to pick up.
Any thoughts on bringing the programs together for efficiency, retention and viability?