Re: This isn't Exploring Scouting to end as we know it!
James A. Wells (email@example.com)
Sun Feb 15 11:13:09 1998
I wouldn't quite put this as "the end to Exploring as we know it."
To briefly summarize the memo from Jere Ratcliffe/the BSA National
Committee, Exploring as we know it will cease to exist on July 31,
1998. Two things will happen:High Adventure/Religious/Hobby Explorer
Posts will be merged with Venture Scouting, and Career Explorer Posts
will be merged with Learning for Life, which is a specialized program
that provides Exploring for schools. High Adventure will be merged
with Venturing to create a program that will hopefully function much
like Australia's older youth program, and the Learning for Life
change is to better facilitate the needs of Career Exploration and
we need to all be open-minded about this change. This is NOT the
first major change that Exploring has ever seen, and it isn't the
biggest, either -- we can all still function as we have before if we
all pull together to make this work. If things can change smoothly,
we shouldn't see any membership changes, and this new organization
will put us with the rest of World Scouting. I haven't seen any
official statement of where this puts Sea Exploring, but I would
guess it falls under Venturing as well, with its procedures and
advancement tracks to stay.
James A. Wells
Cypress, TX, USA