Webster defines retention as the act of being able to "keep in possession or in use" or the act of being able to "hold secure and intact." 

Retention when used in Scouting stands for being able to keep boys in the program and holding on to them from Tigers to Eagle.


The information divided up into the various sections of scouting in the sub menus comes from a report put out by the Great Trail Council titled

Re-TEN-tion:  The Ten Defining Moments in a Scout's Life Where Retention is Critical and What You Can Do About It.

Are You Delivering The Promise?

If Scouting is worthwhile, then it is important for us to bring boys into Scouting and keep them in Scouting so they have time to learn Scouting's message.

Remember our Mission: “The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”

The reason we volunteer, the reason we have Packs, Troops and Venture Crews is to fulfill this Mission.

The following is taken from a National Council publication (#18-251) from the early 1990's: 

The first acquisition a new Scout is likely to make is his personal copy of the Boy Scout Handbook. The pages fast become dog-eared because of constant use. The Handbook is a book of dreams, dreams of "Adventure . . . hiking along trails . . . canoeing across misty lakes . . . a patrol bike-hike . . . plunge into a cool mountain lake."  It also talks of being prepared to help others, and of the values Scouting stands for. It tells a new Scout that he will have a voice in how his troop operates. and may even have the opportunity to lead. Boy Scouting is a great program that yearly attracts almost one million young men. How do we fulfill the promise for these Scouts? Do we provide a program in which boys can truly be leaders and be involved in shaping their future and the future of others around them? Do we provide a program that is exciting and challenging, one that every Scout wants to tell his friends about?

It’s been said that there are three kinds of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who don't even know what’s happening. Only you and the leadership of your Pack or Troop can determine whether your Unit is fulfilling the promise by making things happen, by keeping boys in our great program .