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Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor

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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.


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Membership Figures 2000


For traditional programs, Cub Scout packs (including Tiger Cubs and Webelos Scouts), Boy Scout troops (including Varsity Scouts), Venturer crews (including Sea Scouts)

Year

# of units

# of youth

1996  128,937 3,517,817
1997 119,704 3,341,562
1998 121,948 3,383,147
1999 BSA has  not released figures
2000 124, 660 3,351,969

Note that this shows that the BSA claims of increasing membership are false, unless perhaps you add in Learning for Life, which for 2000 is:  19,709 groups   1,589,988 youth making a 2000 total of  144,369 units/groups 4,941,957 youth

Religious sponsorship:  61.51% of units    55.03% of youth

TOP 20 CHARTERED ORGANIZATIONS

(including practically all those with 1% or more of Scout youth)

Organization

# of Units

# of Youth

% Youth

Average
Enrollment

United Methodist Church                      11,738 421,579 12.46 36
LDS ("Mormon")                                      31,402 412,240 12.19  13
Public schools 10,113 362,989 10.73 36
Catholic Church 9,635 354,568 10.48 36
Presbyterian Church  3,981 146,870 4.34 37
Lutheran Churches 4,264 150,009 4.43 34
Baptist Churches 4,973 115,961 3.43 23
Lions International 3,164 105,930 3.13 33
American Legion 2,515 78,087 2.31 31
Episcopal Church 1,413 50,927 1.51 36
United Church of Christ 1,424 53,061 1.57 37
Rotary International 1,418 52,657 1.56 37
Parent Teacher organizations (not PTA)                 4,002 186,821   47
Fire departments 1,787 53,877 1.59 30
Other churches                                        1,587 38,866   24
Kiwanis International 1,258 46,168   37
Groups of citizens 2,013 59,925 1.77 30
Disciples of Christ 1,124 37,880   34
Business/industry  2,170 49,515   23
VFW                                                         1,202 40,955   34
* Note that the LDS have more units, but much smaller average units, thus moving them into second place.

 

 

 

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