In many wards they are no longer even affiliated with the Boy Scouts, and only do things as Young Men. This doesn't really solve the problem though.
The Scouting program is the Young Men's program of the Church (in the USA). I don't think a Ward has the option to not have a Scouting program.
Where Scouting is authorized by the Church, all young men ages 12-15 should be registered as Scouts and the Church pays for it. The Church will also pay for it if the Stake decides to continue to offer the program to 16-17 year olds. Where there are not enough young men, the troop's registration can cover multiple wards or the entire Stake.