Re: BSA Age Sections
Tony Vining (TVining@usa.net)
Fri Feb 06 10:29:37 1998
Okay, it was 7am, and I wasn't fully awake. Yes, my members DO graduate :-)
I have not had a member remain in the post past graduation.
Alot of the loss is attributed to work. Once the members get a car, they need money to support it. They naturally chose weekends
off at work, and they do work weeknights, meaning meeting nights.
As for the rank system, I use points. Meetings=1point, Activity=2, committee=4, chair committee=5, fundraisers 2+.25 for each hour,
and a few others. I don't have a copy of the Policy Document here, but can email it in full if you would like.
Elected positions are straight forward, although those members keep earning 'permanant' rank as they get points. The
Elected/appointed offices are: Post Commander, similar to your Post president(E/Col), Vice Commander& Chief of Staff, similar to
your VP (E/Lt. Col), Chief of Finance and Information, Secretary/Treasurer (E/Lt. Col). Safety NCO (E/SMSgt) and Morale, Welfare and
Recreation NCO (SMSgt).
90% of my Explorers come to me without scouting experience. This is a blessing insome ways, and a challenge in others.
Alex Chacko John Neroth wrote:
> Mr. Vining,
> You've never ever had a member of your post who has graduated from high school?! My experience must be pretty limited; I've
> never before encountered a post situation in which there are so many high school dropouts. Or do you mean that your post
> members always leave the post before graduating from high school?
> Maybe the fact that you lose most of your members betwen 10th and 11th grades indicates that there's a natural break there. It
> might be that people who are in 11th grade or higher have largely different interests from those who are in 10th grade or lower
> (which is what B-P wrote about). In that case, it might be a good idea to have separate programs for those who have not yet
> completed 10th grade and for those who have, which is what I'm suggesting. Maybe I'm misunderstanding you, though.
> BTW, I like your post's web pages. Out of curiosity, how do the ranks (like E/Col.) work in Military Exploring? Do you have set
> advancement requirement?
> Yours in Scouting and Exploring,
> Alex C. J. Neroth
> EMR Explorer Post 5