Hongkong Daily Press.
Hongkong, Monday, April 1, 1940.
IS SCOUTING LOSING ITS INFLUENCE?
DISCUSSION AT Y.M.C.A.
"Is Scouting losing its influence?"
This was the subject before the European Y.M.C.A. Discussion Group last night, the speaker being Mr. A.T.Rees.
There are about 3,000,000 Boy Scouts throughout the world, Mr. Rees said, a half million of them in the United Kingdom, a million in the United States of America, and the others scattered through 50 nations that have adopted the Movement.
There has been a marked tendency in recent years for "worldly wise" boys between 16 and 18 years of age to leave the Movement. A few rejoin, but not a sufficient number, and of every 12 boys who start in the Movement, only two carry on to be Rover Scouts.
The Rover Scouts, Mr. Rees believes, are the future of Scouting. The Rover Scout Movement, started in 1918, is for scouts "from 18 to 80 years of age." There are not very many Rover Scouts, but at the last Rover Moot there were 4,000 Rover Scouts attending.