I am tasked with getting our leaders & parents to take the course. Having been Pack Trainer for 3 years, I know our parents and few of them have ever taken time to explore the great resources my.scouting has to offer.
I did the new YPT a few weeks ago and I think the BSA is expecting too much. I believe the old course was adequate, although I do appreciate the addition of the Scouts First hotline. The material is college level & disturbing. It's law enforcement training (which I've had) and I don't think a lot of parents are up to it. A few "thank you for your service to the youth of America" plugs would've made it more palatable as well. Plus, the trick questions in the exam are infuriating!
There are always some that will just refuse to train, although if they are leaders, they'll be removed from the rosters in October. I'm more concerned about the potential future leader who gets halfway through the course and says "To heck with it, I'm not signing up for this!"
The thing that has stood out to me as far as compliance is the requirement that all Pack leaders must have the new YPT done or Packs can't recharter. As Pack Trainer for the past 3 years I couldn't even get some leaders to do the basic online training for their positions, and the new YPT is much more difficult. Leaders will lose their positions and a lot less Packs will be "100%," even on paper.
Mine too, since "67. Although there were breaks of a few years when the kinder were infants and getting enough sleep was but a fond memory. Right now I'm looking at life after scouting and wondering what to do with it. Half the stuff in the garage is camping gear and OA regalia. Even when I go for a walk in the woods I find myself looking at shed snake skins or cast deer antlers and thinking " That would be a good thing to take back and show the sco.... never mind"
The next four years will be interesting to watch. The BSA looses around 50% (give or take) of Scouts crossing over to troops. Actually I believe it’s slightly more with crossovers who join troops but never show up. Those numbers don’t count as dropouts until next rechartering.
Anyway, the main cause of the large drop out is a boring program. But the girls, and parents of the girls, have a different motivation for crossing over. I have said for many years that parents have a lot of say in their kids staying in scouting. More so at the cub ages, but a significant amount at the troop age as well. If you want to keep the youth, build a program that appeals to parents.
We have seen even on this forum a lot of adult energy for girls in the program, so I don’t see a boring program holding them back.
Eventually the passion and energy of the new program will settle down and balance back to the quality of program content. I’m curious how the numbers will fall. I believe family scouting will change the present troop program a lot. Not so much in written program structure, but more of how the adults will interrupt implementating the program structure. Personally, I believe the troop program will morph closer to a Webelos III. But, if that style of program keeps the parents more energized, then a Webelos III may not be bad when National’s main objective is maintaining BSA numbers.
We’ll see.(I need a popcorn eating emoji)