This subject came up again under the Cub Scout program with the extension of the new Lions program. I didn't want to hijack the thread and it's important enough discuss on it's own.
If we can understand the problem, we can deal with it, if we ignore it, inevitably more and more will fall prey to it. So why is it both youth and adults are burning out. I ask the question because I've been around scouting my entire life and haven't figured out how to burn out yet. In the past few years I have taken on a new troop from scratch and the Mrs. and I are pursuing taking on a Venturing Crew due to some interest expressed in a local high school. At 65 I should be pulling back and "retiring" from the hands on, every week, of working with the kids. By the way, my church has inquired into having me work with the youth group there as well, that's another weekly commitment.
So, I'm the last one that will be able to identify what makes people burn out in Scouting, or youth work in general, too.
Have at it, I'm curious and would like to know. Al I know is that if we can identify the problem, we can deal with it and I'm thinking that as time goes on, we're going to need to address this issue if the program has a chance.