This is why I'm hoping to see more Scouters start getting involved outside their packs & troops.
With fewer volunteers, we're seeing fewer trainings, roundtables, etc. I think it's resulted in less institutional knowledge passed from experienced leaders to newer leaders. Myself, I think that's a part of what we see. I think it's a shame that we're loosing that - especially in this period where we'll hopefully see an increase in membership and leaders.
I'm hopeful that some folks will recognize that and start to engage more.
Remember (and you know doubt live this) that unit volunteers and professionals approach this with different agendas
Unit volunteers will look to what quality program can I provide to the youth and what is the long term window (hopefully years) for participation with the youth coming to my unit
Professionals see youth as a commodity and are mainly interested in the numbers NOW, this month, this year. Goals must be attained. If they can get the money (make the sale / ABC Always Be Closing) and add widgets to the spreadsheet, their job is done
Cajoling or bullying a unit is doing what it takes to be successful. No issue with professionals, they are doing what they are being incentivized to do.
That is crazy DEs would do that to a unit... unbelievable. If a DE wants a girls Pack in the area and existing Packs are boy only then:
- Find a willing CO
- Find if any Pack would be interested in mentoring their leaders or identify key council volunteers who will help.
- Recruit girls and parents making it clear they would help found a new Pack.
Sending then your way is garbage and lazy.
In my area 60-70% of the Packs have decided to go coed, but not sure of the results yet. We have at least one girl from another Pack who decided to remain Boy only.