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  1. My posting will be prospective thinking based in the well-understood effects of financial reorganizations. It will not be a source of insider information.
  2. Quazse: That is an accurate way to put it. JoeBob: The reorganization will probably allow a good amount of creativity and change. Perhaps a worm farming merit badge is in our future.
  3. My sense is that we will have a numeric basis upon which to build abut one year from this March. The LDS departures will have fully-manifested by then and we will have a better sense of how the currently-small girl Troops are growing and being retained. We'll also have a good idea of further growth in Cubs from girls. Our focus should be on forming, growing and retaining the girl units and retaining boy units for the next year or so. There is continued interest because of the newness of it all -- and several councils have not really done a good job on this yet. I think we have pretty-well discussed these numbers about as much as we can at this point. Next week I'll be changing my discussion focus with a new posting on the Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Rather than discussing the financial implications, I'll have a focus on how it can favorably impact operations and membership. Yes … I did use the word "favorably". The loss of some national cash and the administrative deformities that will occur with our need to focus resources on getting us through the bankruptcy process will detract. However, there will be an unavoidable need to recast certain national and local structures. Yes folks, the BSA can benefit in some ways from the upcoming change in personnel and organization. Store up your great ideas for my next posting.
  4. When a Scouts BSA Troop forms in our area, it has not detracted from the local GSUSA units. In fact, in our city both programs are growing. There was an initial push-back from some of the GSUSA volunteers who thought we might be trying to strip-away their members, but this has just not occurred and their initial opposition to us has abated (at least among their volunteers). What has occurred is that girls who join our three Scouts BSA Troops for Girls are looking for something distinctly different from the GSUSA program. I'd let the girls speak for themselves, but believe a key difference is that we are intensely outdoor oriented in an urban environment (summer camp, seven 2-night weekend campouts, multiple day hikes and the great Scouts BSA outdoor advancement skills). We are careful to avoid characterizing the GSUSA program, but the local groups do not engaging outdoor programming anywhere approaching what we are doing. Several of our Scouts belong to both programs and, in their view, do not see much overlap. So, I encourage those who think the GSUSA units fully-serve the needs of girls in your area to re-assess your views. The market for youth program is vast and our ability to provide units is limited. It is always best to provide options for these girls if we have the capability to offer a unit.
  5. Our troop has become the preferred destination point for sisters of boy Troop members from across our city. We will be at 40 by the time of summer camp and will continue to expand until we hit around 70. I was in a big troop as a Scout and believe that things just work better when you have a bigger operation. You can do more sophisticated things for youth and can provide more specialized program. We have 9 on our SM staff and will continue to scale-up. I have never, ever heard of a 2-Scout troop and until this massive kick-start effort, only once experienced a 5-Scout unit when I was on camp staff. The point being made really does not contribute much to the discussion. None of the leaders of small girl units I have met want to stay small — they just need a helping hand to grow more quickly.
  6. Let’s focus on our reality. We have girls in this country who crave adventure and challenge. Let’s work on extending our program to them in a way that is a credit to our personal sense of service and our larger hopes for the nation’s future. Nobody can propose a better place for these young women to discover their futures. Nobody.
  7. Jameson: The numbers came from the monthly distribution of membership reports to national volunteers. Those particular numbers were month end November compared to previous year month end November. Until month end December, we have the unique opportunity to see the effect of girl membership before the significant LDS drop of January.
  8. PACAN: I agree with your comment on micro-sized girl Troops. My experience is that all micro Troops underserve their Scouts and have a high chance of dropping. In our district we have my larger stand-alone unit and two micro Troops that are linked to historic boy Troops. My sense is that these tiny units will experience slow growth and will ultimately survive. However, I now believe that the 3 - 4 stand alone units in our council are far better for the Scouts, because these have committees focused on building a single successful unit. Even for a guy like me who has 30 years of experience, it was a challenge to kick start a unit where there were no experienced Scouts and only a few experienced adults. Only now after a year of operations do things feel like “normal” operations. I was pleased our new adults were warmly welcomed into our District operation, and that made a big difference. I urge everyone out there to be supportive, because these units represent an important part of our future. They need the help that all units have always needed.
  9. She will love it when she gets there. The 30 girls and 19 adult men and women in our all-girl, non-linked Troop are loving Scouts BSA just as it is.
  10. And, just wait until the effect of the Coast Guard having designated Sea Scouts as its official youth program kicks in. Properly implemented, it could double that program in just a few years. It will also attract a newgeneration of youth leadership into the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
  11. (Continued) but really is not. I believe the long tenure of many of our best volunteers is due to our practice of recognizing adults in this manner. It is a great tradition that provides enjoyment to many. Now, how about talking about how you are going to help form and grow some all-girl troops?
  12. The purpose of my posting was to encourage comment on the membership number progress for Scouts BSA. Talking about the awarding and wearing of knots might seem to be off-topic
  13. Like I said, it is not doom and gloom. We are in the midst of a very sophisticated program, management and financial workout. The BSA is here to stay — just not in the form of a yesteryear format. We have been changing all along and are doing so presently. Have great faith.
  14. UPDATE. WSJ gives good account of a Monday call of the Council Scout Executives and their council lawyers. Ch. 11 expected to be filed for national without councils.
  15. Good thoughts. My female number predictions are based on my 2 year experience of being involved with an early adopter cub group for girls and being a Scoutmaster of our 34-girl and non-linked Troop. About1/3 of the councils did a great job with the female program roll-out, which accounts for the lion’s share of the 150,000 new female youth we now have. Girls love Scouts BSA in a properly-managed unit. Despite the challenges and occasional mis-management, I think we will have about 35% female presence in Cubs and Scouts within 4 years. The financial restructuring through bankruptcy will make the BSA far more transparent than it ever has been. It really will force the issues you raise. Frankly, national and council executives who cannot support volunteers operate councils with effective unit-supporting districts that break-even will be dismissed. Perhaps that is the reality you hope for. The dues increase and continued pledging of assets against credit facilities were clearly intended to provide cash to get through these next few years. The people involved could have been more timely and forthcoming. However, these were probably rational business decisions.
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