Changes in Irish scouting
As I have mentioned before Scouting in Ireland is going through a huge change at present from being made of multipile independant organisations to just one (well not entirely the BP Scouts of Ireland are still independant).
On of the big challenges facing scouting here is retaining it's youth members and as recent stats have shown the majority of our young members are under scout age (Cubs/Beavers). Then the numbers start to drop quite dramaticaly. We only have around 1000 Ventures scouts(16-21).
One of the recommandation out there to fix this issue is to change the age ranges by spliting the scouts section (traditionally 11-16) in two, so that the age gap is not as big.
I understand something like this has happened in the UK have any of you any expereince of it good or bad? Also I would like to hear any Idea's you might have that have be successful in keeping members in the 13-18 age range?
Thanks in advance
PS. I happy to hear from those involved in other youth organisations as well.
"Paddle your own canoe"
Rovering to success - B.P.