Why is Scouting dominated by white kids? I have run an Explorer Scout unit for 5 years, and I believe it strange that I have never had any ethic minority scouts in my group (to my knowledge). This, despite the group I run being fed by Scout groups in Aldershot and Farnborough, which has a population consisting 80% white British, with the largest minority being 8% identifying as Asian. Statistically 20% of my scouts should be of a different ethnic group to white British, but they are not. Why is that? What’s going on here?
Why is Scouting dominated by white kids?
Why is Scouting dominated by white kids? The simple answer is that I don’t know. Although, I would be interested to find out. Is it that the only kids who attend Scouts are ones whose parents also attended scouts? If so the Scout Association has a big problem with its marketing department. I can’t speak for all areas, only my own anecdotal experience, but when I was a Scout myself, groups were very white, and the district camps (from memory) had an embarrassingly low number of minorities.
All in all it is certainly something that needs to be addressed. Scouting is promoted as being open to all young people, but for some reason, locally to me at least, the message is not getting through. I write this in the hope that someone somewhere will read it and be able to tell me why it is ethnic minorities are not involved in scouting, why it is that you seemly have to be a white kid to take part in scouting activities.
In my experience, it doesn’t matter where people are from, or what background. Scout aged kids are the same, they like playing with fire, rock climbing, shooting and most other scout-type activities. So what is it we are getting wrong? And what are we going to do about it?