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Boy Scouts’ drop in membership follows disturbing trend affecting other groups

Boy Scout Jack Cornell, 7, of pack 3201 in Olathe, tried out the zipline last year at the Kansas Speedway during Scouting 500. About 1,200 participated in the weekend Scout camping festival. Scouting numbers are down, leaving fewer boys to enjoy activities like this.
Boy Scout Jack Cornell, 7, of pack 3201 in Olathe, tried out the zipline last year at the Kansas Speedway during Scouting 500. About 1,200 participated in the weekend Scout camping festival. Scouting numbers are down, leaving fewer boys to enjoy activities like this. Special to The Star

It’s sad that fewer kids are signing up to be Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouts of America reported a 7.4 percent membership drop last year. More than 2.4 million boys were enrolled in Scouting in 2014 in addition to just under a million adults, The Associated Press reports.

The drop follows a 6 percent decline from the year before. What’s lost are opportunities for boys to go camping, hiking and learn important skills such as knot tying, first-aid and gun safety.

Sitting at home watching TV and playing video games is a poor substitute for being outdoors engaged in great activities with other boys.

Boy Scouts of America has endured controversies over whether to admit gays either as Scouts or volunteer Scout leaders as well as sexual abuse scandals. But the bigger problem may be that the organization joins many other groups that have seen dramatic membership declines in recent decades as fewer people want to be bothered with doing things with others.

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