We know that there are complimentary activities that can conflict with our Scout’s attendance at meetings and outings. here’s what survey respondents reported about what keeps Scouts away and what draws them in – let’s look at meetings first:
It’s no big surprise that sports and school are reported as the biggest things that Scouts cite as reasons they don’t make meetings or outings; nor that the program has the greatest influence on their active attendance.
The aims of Scouting are not in conflict with other activities; we want Scouts involved in them – Scouting and these other activities are complimentary.
I note that program is perceived as the strongest influence on attendance and I agree to an extent. In my experience youth-led activities are better attended regardless of program content so I would rate youth leadership as more important than program content.