Re: Why i loved the Exploring program
Alex Chacko John Neroth (aneroth@leland.Stanford.EDU)
Wed Feb 18 19:56:37 1998
I have come to the conclusion that I agree with Cameron Mulder and Bob Amick that I dislike this change. After listening to what's been said on this list, I
realize that the whole split will be a fairly big pain for me. I am an EMR Explorer, though I was a Boy Scout until I "aged out." I only recently joined this Post,
and I've been hoping to work on revitalizing it. My post currently knows very little about the BSA, and I've been hoping to introduce more organization and
planning to make the post more fun. One of the ways I was hoping to do this was by infusing parts of BSA's Exploring Program, like the Quality Unit Award
and the GOLD Award. However, it seems that neither of these will be available under LFL Exploring. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!! I would
very much like to see LFL Explorers still be able to earn at least the GOLD Award.) After several months of hearing that the Ranger and Silver Awards will be
geared mainly toward outdoors-oriented Explorers but will be available for earning by ALL Explorers, I was fairly satistied that my EMR Post would soon be
able to have an advancement program. However, these awards will only be made available for earning by Venturers.
Secondly, in joining Explorers, I was happy to continue to be part of the global Scouting Movement. I've been to 2 Jamborees, have staffed at another, and
am hoping to serve on the International Service Team at Chile in '98-'99. If I stay with my EMR Post and don't join a Venturer Post, I will no longer be part of
a National Scout Organization and thus will not longer be part of a worldwide organization that has changed my life in many ways and to which I feel
indebted. The only way for me to retain my membership in the BSA is to become a Venturer (or to become an ASM for a local troop). Since I've only recently
joined this EMR Post, I'd feel quite bad about abandoning them when there is so much I can help with in the areas of organization and planning. I have a
feeling that the split might create a loss of members or a "migration" of people (in situations that are similar to mine) from career-oriented posts to outdoors-
oriented posts. Like Cameron, I like BSA Exploring because it gives a great range of options for Explorers. Posts ranged from "Ornamental Horticulture"
Posts to "Science & Technology" Posts to "Military" Posts, and all the members of all these posts were part of the Scout Movement.
However, it doesn't seem like there is anything that anyone can do to prevent this change. I'd be happy to complain further, but crying over spilled milk is
useless. :-) Again, if there is a way we can lobby to prevent this change, PLEASE tell me. Since this split seems inevitable, I guess we'll all just have to learn
to "deal with it." Though I might not be able to understand the wisdom of these changes now, they might turn out to make the young-adult section of the
BSA stronger than it has ever been before, and I hope that this is how it will be.
Yours in Scouting,
Alex C. J. Neroth