Odd. Because most of the places I've looked say demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years. So that would make them plenty old enough to not only have kids, but to have kids of Scouting age.
The problem is you have to move out of one's parent's basement to do that.
There has been a tendency to lump Gen Y with Millennials, but most people still see a distinction between an under 25 Millennial and someone approaching 40 years old. When someone complains about "snowflake millennials" they are complaining about the former and not the latter.
Even if we do use the definition of someone born as early as 1984, that person is now 33 years old. Using the average age of first time mothers of 26 (NPR numbers as of 2013), their children are just now coming of Cub Scout age. Of course there are exceptions who had children at much younger age, but these are also typically the ones that don't have spare time to volunteer. Many of them are single mothers struggling to get by.
Young millennials are also the people that are struggling to find full employment, pay off crushing student-debt and raise children in a dual income necessary environment. They don't have the luxury of free time that older, established Gen X and retired boomers do.
What I do see though is a socially active and involved group of people that actually care about the environment and spending what available time they have enjoying it. If we can interest them in Scouts and pass on our love of Nature as a foundation for Scouting, I'm all for it.
I tend to see the extreme lack of parental help and volunteerism as an across the board issue, with no age group having a monopoly on it.
Now that we're fully derailed, I'll apologize.
Edited by Pale Horse, 10 March 2017 - 08:57 AM.