Re: Program Changes
Alex Chacko John Neroth (aneroth@leland.Stanford.EDU)
Tue Feb 17 00:36:36 1998
I'm an Explorer in an Emergency Medical Response Explorer Post. I think that Mr. Scott Smith is right in saying that most of the program for career-oriented
posts won't really change. However, I was a Boy Scout, and I'm an Eagle Scout. The outdoors and traditional Scouting are in my blood.
It seems that the Venturer program will end up being stronger and more organized (read: "will receive more support") than the current or LFL Explorer
programs. Does anyone know whether GOLD/Ranger/Silver will be offered to LFL Explorers? If the three awards will be made earnable only by Venturers, I
might be tempted to join/found a Venturer Post. (Venturer Units will still be called "Posts," right?) I like rank advancement, and I don't want to be confined
to a solely achievement-oriented program.
Or, maybe I can work on converting my EMR Explorer Post to a "Medical High Adventure" Explorer Post before 1 August. Members would have the
opportunity to be trained as American Red Cross Emergency Responders and Wilderness Emergency Responders. Activities would include providing first aid
at various events, ranging from our city's Art and Wine Festival to Boy Scout Camporees, as well as going on outdoors/high adventure outings. However,
this would probably be harder to pull off than just starting or joining another Outdoor/High Adventure Explorer Post before 1 August or a Venturer Post
I have on occasion asked myself why career-oriented posts and high adventure posts are all classified under the same title, but I don't think this really is a
good enough reason to split them into different programs. The whole change does seem to be unnecessary and unduly complicated. Like I said in my first
message right after you sent the memo from National, I'm sure it'll increase confusion in the minds of the public on what Exploring or Venturing are really all
about. I would have preferred to be able to remain in Exploring and still have the same opportunities that it seems Venturers will get. It seems that the two
will be split up, though, and I just hope that the changes will bring about a stronger and better BSA overall.
Yours in Scouting,
Alex C. J. Neroth
EMR Explorer Post 5
Pacific Skyline Council <http://www.pacificskylinecouncil.org/scouting/council/pacificSkyline.html>
Boy Scouts of America <http://www.bsa.scouting.org/>
Zeta Chapter <http://www-leland.stanford.edu/group/APhiO/>
Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity <http://www.apo.org/>
Stanford University <http://www.stanford.edu/>
On Mon, 16 Feb 98 14:52:58 CST6CDT, cameron mulder wrote:
>Is anyone happy with the changes? If so why? I have heard that both
>the Sea Explorers and the High adventure Posts are happy with this. I
>have heard nothing from any career explorer post.
>After talking with some of the people in my post and my EOA officers we
>decided we don't like the changes. My post doesn't fit into any
>classification so were do we go? My EOA which has lots of fun, everyone
>who has been to a meeting has enjoyed it. We don't know what is
>happening with EOA. Will it still be there? Will they just not have it
>This change bring out to many questions which haven't been answered
>yet. My biggest question is why? The program is great. I love the
>exploring program so why change it?
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