It is absoutely accurate to say that I do not know how bad is was - or is, for that matter. That statement is based on the assumption that some abuse took place, since there have been confessions and convictions. I could have said that I know of several Scouters who abused Scouts, if not sexually, but that was not my point.
Thanks. I thought that but wanted to check because I've always been a little fuzzy on how BSA tracks membership. I had the 1.2 million in my head all year for some reason, so I was worried membership as of today would be worse. I thought we'd be down to 800K due to Covid but it's apparently not that low. So kind of good news to me...
Cynical Scouter, can you clarify something for me? Are these retroactive results, meaning that they reflect the loss of the LDS units last year, or are they a current snapshot of who reregistered in December? Are these current numbers? Thanks.
Pure anecdote so take this with a ton of salt. I've stayed in touch with my old pack. Lost 30% of scouts at recharter BUT all said "we'll be back when the pandemic is over". So, yeah, still bad if 30% walked out but only 20% or 10% come back. The longer this goes on, the less likely to come back.
Of course 2021 has everything going for a BSA rebound. Kids and parents want to get out. The bankruptcy should end. Scouts will come back to their units, etc.
Sometimes it seems there's little one can do to avoid recognition. Exactly one year after ensuring my mom finally earned the District Award of Merit, it seems this month I am going to receive the same. And I haven't done a fraction of the good she did during her 30+ years of Scouting - so much catching up to do! 😵