Re: The Exploring "Change" controversy
Christopher K. Sokolov (email@example.com)
Tue Feb 17 01:33:12 1998
At 12:08 AM +0000 2/17/98, Amick Robert wrote:
>While I appreciate the positions of those in sea-exploring/scouting, they
>should take note that they comprise a very small minority of the overall
>exploring program, and while that is regrettable,
>it should not be an opening to criticize other branches of Exploring.
>None of us liked the "pop-art" E which replaced the "prism" emblem, and
>before that the "land, sea, and air" logo of the fifties. But emblems
>are far less important than the youth who comprise the program and
>what they get out of it.
I think it is safe to say that most Sea Explorers have no problem with the
Exploring program generally. For example, I am actively involved in
working with the Explorer program as well as the more specific Sea Explorer
However, I have noticed that the Explorer program really could use some
improvement. For example, the lack of tradition and advancement really
seems to hurt many of the cluster types. Sea Exploring, luckily, was able
to keep much of its connection with the Scouting ideals and a strong
It seems to me that this change will actually SIMPLIFY the program
offerings of the BSA. Those programs that are organically similar to the
"traditional" Scouting programs will be more clearly identifiable. Perhaps
they will help stop the hemorage of boys older than 14 that leave the BSA
after Boy Scouts' advancement program and age group begins to bore them.
With an increase in attention to the Scouting Ideals and Advancement, we
will hopefully be able to further our goals of building character and
producing good citzens.
The other Exploring programs, which certainly have many of the same goals,
are ALREADY not recognized by the average teenager as being scout-like.
Why keep two groups of programs together that are not naturally similar?
I have to admit that I am not crazy about the Venturer name, but I haven't
thought of anything better, yet. It seems to me that naming the Sea
Exploring group anything other than Sea Scouts would be silly, because then
we'll be stuck with three names instead of the two that are fought over
Christopher K. Sokolov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Western Region Area III Boatswain, Sea Exploring, B.S.A.
National Sea Exploring Home Page: <http://www.seascout.org>