Membership in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has fallen from its peak of more than 4 million members in the 1970s to just over 2 million in 2019.

Source: “Boy Scouts Reaching Out for Handicapped Members,” The New York Times, Feb. 9, 1976,; “Boy Scouts of America 2019 Annual Report,” Boy Scouts of America, accessed March 2, 2021,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Number of Members
1974 4.3 million
2019 2.1 million

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