Now, offer program where they can have adventures and go places without their helicopter parents... we get tons of interest in that.
Yah, @SouthPoleScout, I hear yeh.
Sometimes we chase da fads a bit, eh? Remember "Soccer & Scouting"? Or BSA Varsity Teams?
I'm an old curmudgeon and remember Baden-Powell's admonition that Scouting should never "trench upon the work of the schools". Partly because we don't have da expertise, eh? And partly because boys aren't clamoring for more school. We can't compete with First Robotics; not sure why we'd waste resources tryin'. First Robotics can't compete with us in da outdoors and citizenship area. Better to be partners than competitors.
At da same time, I reckon a lot of boys found their future career or hobby through the MB program. We're pretty good at connectin' geeky lads with HAM radio and rockets and pinewood-car-design. I've taken Aviation MB scouts out flyin' since we developed da EAA Young Eagles program, and I know at least a few found aviation careers. In its own way, Scoutin' has been on da forefront of the practical, non-school science, engineering and technology stuff (math not so much). That's boy-stuff, eh? We should keep doin' that, drawin' on partners.
Can we do somethin' more focused? I dunno. Career Exploring has always been hit-or-miss, eh? We've done OK when it comes to action-oriented posts like da Law Enforcement or Fire/EMS groups. Not so well when it comes to other career areas because of what yeh point out... there's other groups doin' it better.
STEM Scouts is a pilot, runnin' mostly in Tennessee under the direct supervision of da folks who are developin' it. They're now tryin' to scale it to pilot sites in different parts of da country. That seems to be slow-goin', so it remains to be seen whether STEM scouts will have legs when it gets a bit further away from its creators. Who knows? Yeh could imagine a more tech-focused youth program gainin' some traction,. We should try these things out as long as they don't detract from our traditional programs, though I'm still not convinced it gets to our character/citizenship goals.
The key will be whether yeh can get da volunteers and resources to run it. Science equipment is more expensive than a dutch oven, eh?