Membership Retention in Scout Troops
Senior Honours Essay
Department of Sociology
University of Waterloo
Factors affecting membership retention in Scout troops
were examined. Scout meetings were unobtrusively observed and program
information questionnaires were completed for 17 urban Scouts Canada
Scout troops (age range 11-14) in Waterloo Region, Ontario. Thirty
Scouters (adult leaders) completed written questionnaires. The study
found that many Scouts remain in the program for only one year. Scouts
who achieved badges are more likely to stay and continue to the Venturer
program (ages 14-17). Troops with more outdoor activities and which
give more autonomy to the Scouts have higher rates of membership
retention. The Scout uniform is examined from a symbolic interactionist
perspective. Scout culture is discussed. Includes description of
Scouting with brief history. 23 tables.
Second Edition, July 27, 2002.
First Edition, August 16, 2001.
© 2001, 2002 Liam Morland.