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How Satisfied are the youth and parents in your unit?


It’s no secret that Scouts and parents who are satisfied with a unit tend to stay in Scouting; however, there are several key factors that can influence a family’s decision to stay in or leave a unit. What are those key factors? Through the Voice of the Scout survey, BSA has connected with thousands of Scout families to find out what matters most to them and what you, as a unit leader, should focus onto help ensure youth and parents are satisfied with your unit.

Based on the results of the Voice of the Scout survey, these are the drivers of unit satisfaction for parents and older youth (listed in order of importance):

Cub Scout Parents Unit Satisfaction drivers:

  1. Support from Scouting leaders
  2. Great outdoor activities
  3. Meetings that are a good use of their time
  4. We feel like we belong in our pack/den
  5. Scouting is a partner in providing positive youth programs.

Scouts BSA Parent Unit Satisfaction drivers:

  1. Scout meetings are a good use of time.
  2. Our family feels like we belong in our troop.
  3. Our troop has great outdoor activities
  4. Support from Scouting leaders

Scouts BSA youth who are 14+ Unit Satisfaction drivers:

  1. Scouting is really fun.
  2. Scouting is constantly reinforcing worthwhile values.
  3. Being in Scouting makes me feel like I am part of something bigger than myself.
  4. Troop meetings are a good use of my time.
  5. I feel like I belong in my troop.
  6. Adult leaders in my troop help me be a better Scout.

As you can see, youth and parents have basically the same satisfaction drivers, but in slightly different order of importance.  The following are key takeaways from the unit satisfaction analysis and what Scouts and parents say makes them stay or decide to leave Scouting:

  • Leaders are key to having a positive experience or a negative experience.  Youth and parents stay because of great leaders who help them understand Scouting, are compassionate and caring, model Scouting values, and are organized or help the youth leadership be organized.   Scouts and families leave when they have leadership that is disorganized, does not follow the Scouting program, does not follow through, or does not know how to work with or lead youth.
  • Great unit program is key to keeping families engaged – poor unit program ensures they will leave.  Providing great outdoor activities and fun activities with meetings that are a good use of time are important to unit satisfaction.  Having a program plan that has buy-in from Cubs and parents in the unit or is developed by youth in the troop and following the program plan is essential to having an engaging program. Youth and families who leave Scouting cite no program plan, inconsistent meetings, and no follow through or cancelling plans as reasons they leave.
  • Fostering a unit atmosphere where everyone feels like they belong is key to making youth and families feel welcome.  Including youth in decision making, having greeters for new families to help them navigate Scouting, communicating to parents, using the Scout Law to guide behavior of Scouts and adults in Scouting, and holding Scouts, parents, and leaders accountable for engaging in respectful behavior are all ways that can foster a sense of belonging.  Among youth and families that leave they say the unit never communicated with or talked with them at the meetings, youth bullying was not stopped or discussed, and when they stopped coming nobody ever noticed or reached out to them.
  • Ensuring older youth have access to activities that let them see the larger Scouting movement is key to making them feel they are in something bigger than themselves.  Youth who attend district and council camporees, national high adventure bases, National Scout Jamborees, or International Scouting events report having experiences that allow them to realize the breadth and depth of Scouting, so they understand it is much larger than them.  Older youth whose units never participate in council, district, national, or international activities are less likely to understand and feel a part of the larger Scouting movement.


About the Voice of the Scout Survey

The Voice of the Scout is a quarterly survey conducted with youth and parents in the Scouting program. It is delivered to parents of youth who are 13 years of age or younger. Scouts who are 14 or over receive the survey, as well.

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Are you getting ready for your Philmont Trek and a summit of Baldy Mountain? Perhaps you live close to sea level and plan to hike the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada range, Kings Peak in the Uinta range, or some 14ers in Colorado. These trips might result in symptoms or effects of acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), or high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), which if untreated could result in death. As altitude is gained, air grows “thinner,” and less oxygen is inhaled with each breath.


Acute Mountain Sickness

Have you recently arrived at an altitude of 6,000 feet or higher? Look for signs of AMS, such as headaches, loss of normal appetite, nausea (with or without vomiting), insomnia, and an unusual weariness and exhaustion.

 The treatment is to descend or to stop ascending and wait for improvement before going higher. Continuing to ascend in the presence of symptoms is not recommended. If the illness progresses, descent is needed.

High-Altitude Cerebral Edema

Be watchful for loss of coordination (e.g., an inability to walk a straight line or stand straight with feet together and eyes closed).

Signs and symptoms often include a severe headache unrelieved by rest and medication, bizarre changes in personality, seizures, and coma.

High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema

HAPE symptoms often appear initially as a dry cough, soon followed by shortness of breath, even at rest. Shortness of breath becomes more pronounced, with chest pain as fluid collects in the lungs.

The cough may become productive and with frothy sputum early on that may turn reddish.


Preparation: Discuss your planned climb with your health care provider while undergoing a pre-participation exam (Part C of the Annual Health and Medical Record). Improve your fitness with regular hikes while carrying a load in anticipation of your climb.

Staged ascent: If possible, your first camp should be no higher than 8,000 feet. Increase no more than 1,000 to 1,500 feet per day. When starting out higher than 9,000 feet, spend two nights acclimating to that altitude before proceeding higher. Proceed higher during the day, but return to a lower elevation to sleep (climb high, sleep low).

Appropriate exercise level: Until acclimated, exercise moderately, avoid intensity, and be alert to shortness of breath and fatigue.

Hydration: To offset increased fluid losses at high altitudes, stay well-hydrated.

Evacuation: Stop ascending until AMS symptoms resolve. If you suspect the onset of HACE or HAPE, evacuate rapidly to a lower altitude (descending at least 1,000 to 1,500 feet) and get evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.

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