@Rick_in_CA, you don't believe in cause and effect then?
For YEARS the year on year decline is at 2-3%.
Then in 2013 it increases to 6-7% AND STAYS THERE after the policy change until 2017? That's just coincidence? No other big program changes? No perv file issues. Another 70,000 people per year decided to drop Scoutignout of no where?
Ok. Then why do you think the rate of declined has doubled and stayed there?
There's a relationship between policy and decline. You don't want to see it because it doesn't fit your belief system.
So much for your reading comprehension (hey, if you insult me, I insult you back - see how scout like and better this makes things?). Here is what I wrote:
There is no single, or overriding reason for the decline, it a huge list of reasons. Some have to do with the policies, programs and image of the BSA, but a lot have nothing to do with the organization - our society has changed.
As you can see, I do believe that the policies of the BSA has an effect on the decline.