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    • I would like to hear from those who have first hand experience running units in poor rural areas where ignorance is a badge of honor,  families are mostly broken,  most adults are drug users.  Oh, did I mention cliquish because everyone is related. I'm trying to understand how adult leaders are developed in blighted areas which obviously is a key requirement for administering a unit, particularly in the long term when leadership succession is a given.  I desperately need some tried and tested ideas that work. Secondly, is trying to organize in such godforsaken places a fool's errand?
    • BSA has admitted females as youth members in some programs since 1969 (Exploring, when it was a mainline BSA program for 14-17).
    • For sure. Backpacking having to carry all water sounds like a chore. I tend to go places where water is abundant. 
    • From what I've seen the membership losses are a result of two general areas - relevance/alignment with families and program quality. We all think that Scouting is great - but  many families are either not interested or have looked and just don't find Scouting all that compelling for their kids.   Many families try Scouting, but just don't find the program enough to continue year after year. Did Dale impact this?  I don't know.  But, even if it did it was caught up in a much larger trend where Scouting is becoming less and less relevant to many families.  I think it's more likely that it just simply furthered the already ongoing trend where families just didn't even consider Scouting.  A sort of death by a thousand paper cuts.
    • Politicians focus on retaining their "core constituency."  BSA, not so much.
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