Exploring changes (longish)
Vince Scanio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue Feb 17 20:56:56 1998
Perhaps because we seem to have so little information, I'm a bit confused
about the reported changes in the Exploring program.
1. How much of a change is it?
The 1996 Explorer Leader Handbook defines "Career Awareness Exploring"
as (paraphrasing a bit) a series of seminars conducted on school time; the
participants may be registered in Learning for Life. If that's what's meant
by putting career posts into LFL, it doesn't sound like a change.
2. If it is a change, where's the rationale?
If, on the other hand, a Law Enforcement or Medical Post, whose members are
"regular" registered Explorers concentrating primarily on activities related
to that particular career, is to be put in with LFL, does it mean (whatever
your position on the desirability) that as of August 1, members of those units
no longer will be required to acknowledge the religious aspect connected
3. How does this insulate BSA from lawsuits related to religion and sexual
If I am an atheist sailor, why can't I still sue BSA on some discrimination
theory. The "fact" (if it is) that I may be able to join a medical unit wouldn't
4. I can see how a LFL or expanded LFL program, with more activity-oriented
career features than Career Awareness Exploring (with which I have no
experience)may offer, could induce public entities such as school districts to
stay with or renew ties with BSA, but I don't see how the new Venture units
are any less insulated from legal challenges.
5. Without trying to be cruel, I've thought the big E was graphically
revolting from the beginning. However, we now have some 40(?) years of using
the Exploring terminology."What club is that where the guys and girls get to
go camping and stuff?" "Oh, that's the Explorers." Sounds pretty good to me.
While I think the 2nd Ballajura Venture Unit has a nice ring, I'm not sure
it's quite as appealing here in the USA. (I'll admit, though, that Sea Scouts
and Air Scouts have great appeal as terminology.)
So, if you've tolerated me this far, and have any inside track with "National,"
it sure would be nice to have more in-depth explanations.
San Marcos, Texas