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    Can you help me with some data I am trying to find for a troop report I am compiling?

    1.) What is the average Troop size in the U.S?
    2.) What is the average attendance rate of a camp trip or event? ( e.g. "On average, XX% of a troop attends a monthly camp out")

    Does any body know if this data exists?

    Thank you.

  • #2
    From the official “2014 Scouting's Journey to Excellence” Score Card
    Building Boy Scouting: Have an increase in membership or be larger than the average size troop.

    Bronze:
    Have a membership growth plan that includes a recruitment night and either a net gain of one member over last year or at least 15 members.

    Silver:
    Have a membership growth plan that includes a recruitment night and either increase youth members by 5% or have at least 25 members.

    Gold:
    Have a membership growth plan that includes a recruitment night and either increase youth members by 10% or have at least 35 members with an increase over last year.

    And from the 2013 BSA Fact Sheet: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/210-807.pdf, the average size is 24 Youth.
    Units Total Youth
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 37,856 430,557
    United Methodist Church 10,868 363,876
    Catholic Church 8,397 273,648
    Presbyterian Church 3,597 125,523
    Lutheran Church 3,827 116,417
    Baptist Churches 3,981 108,353
    Episcopal Church 1,179 41,407
    United Church of Christ, Congregational Church 1,191 38,225
    Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1,165 33,941
    Community Churches 1,054 32,311
    Church of Christ 546 15,430
    Evangelical/independent churches 294 7,899
    Church of God 237 5,241
    Church of the Nazarene 156 4,181
    Reformed Church in America 127 4,077
    Jewish synagogues and centers 156 3,738
    Church of the Brethren 101 2,759
    African Methodist Episcopal 149 2,416
    The Salvation Army 130 2,233
    Islam, Muslim, Masjid 78 2,222
    Assemblies of God 91 2,193
    Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 95 1,970
    Community of Christ 61 1,899
    Pentecostal Churches 107 1,830
    Other churches 879 23,910
    Groups of citizens 3,115 100,751
    American Legion and Auxiliary 2,553 68,154
    Business/industry 2,807 66,454
    Lions International 2,271 64,563
    Rotary International 1,333 42,922
    VFW, Auxiliary, Cootie 1,084 31,199
    Fire departments 1,176 30,819
    Kiwanis International 889 28,547
    Elks lodges (BPOE) 778 21,967
    Community centers 925 21,258
    Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs 569 19,177
    Nonprofit agencies 603 16,662
    Playgrounds, recreation centers 444 11,610
    Athletic booster clubs 389 11,416
    Chambers of commerce, business associations 358 10,553
    Homeowner’s associations 268 9,519
    Optimist International 246 8,804
    YWCA, YMCA 312 8,738
    Masons—Eastern Star 296 8,664
    Other community organizations 1,656 45,891
    Parent-teacher groups other than PTAs 3,443 144,219
    Private schools 2,802 103,254
    Parent-Teacher Associations/Parent-Teacher Organizations 1,561 65,567
    TOTAL 106,200 2,586,964
    Average Troop Size based on 2013 BSA Fact Sheet 24.4

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    • qwazse
      qwazse commented
      Editing a comment
      The heading in this table is for the average unit, which includes packs, troops and crews.
      From here: http://www.scouting.org/about/annual...hipsurvey.aspx we have 848,291 Boy scouts in 39,392 troops = 21.5 boys per troop in 2012.

    • dedkad
      dedkad commented
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      Interesting to see all the different organizations that charter a pack or troop.

  • #3
    From the official “2014 Scouting's Journey to Excellence” Score Card

    Short-term camping: The troop conducts short-term or weekend campouts throughout the year.

    Bronze
    Conduct four short-term overnight campouts.

    Silver
    Conduct seven short-term overnight campouts.

    Gold
    Conduct nine short-term overnight campouts.

    Long-term camping: The troop participates in a long-term camp.

    Bronze
    The troop participates in a long-term camp.

    Silver
    60% of Scouts attend a long-term camp.

    Gold
    70% of Scouts attend a long-term camp.

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    • qwazse
      qwazse commented
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      I have not heard of JTE's score cards making their way into any reportable database. If they did, I would be highly suspicious of the data. They aren't handled uniformly across our district, let alone council, area, or region.

      Even the membership stats may be somewhat inflated. They used to be worse, but (among other reasons) it's starting to cost real money to keep ghosts on the rosters.

    • dedkad
      dedkad commented
      Editing a comment
      I agree with qwazse's assessment of using the JTE score cards for data, but it does give you an idea of what BSA thinks is a manageable number of boys to have in a troop. Obviously, you can have an awesome program with less than 15 boys, but somewhere between 15 and 35 sounds like a good target.

  • #4
    I hate a score for growing a unit. We have two Troops in the area with more than 75 boys (one is the one I am associated with). They have both capped membership, and they both reach out to other units to refer boys. So because they don't want to grow any larger, they are bad?

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    • dcsimmons
      dcsimmons commented
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      As far as JTE goes they only need to meet 11 of the 13 requirements (IIRC) so they are not bad and are more than free to make the growth metric one they skip.

    • dedkad
      dedkad commented
      Editing a comment
      To achieve gold in that requirement, apparently it is. Odd that the "AND" requirement to increase the size only occurs when you have a troop larger than 35. The troop you refer to could just take the bronze or silver on that one.

  • #5
    If you're making ANY substantive decisions about the operation of your unit base on how it impacts you JTE scores, your priorities are truly out of order.

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