Alex Chacko John Neroth (aneroth@leland.Stanford.EDU)
Wed Feb 18 20:09:13 1998
I've thought of a compromise to the naming question! Here it is:
Maybe those Explorers who are currently in High Adventure/Outdoors
Posts could be renamed "Explorer Scouts" while those Explorers
who will move to the Learning for Life subsidiary would be called
just "Explorers." That way, the young adult program (14-21) of the
BSA will include "Explorer Scouts," "Sea Scouts," "Air Scouts," etc.
If the young-adult program needed a name to distinguish it from LFL
Exploring, that name could be "Venturing.". Thus, those in the LFL
Exploring category will be "Explorers," while those in the BSA
Venturing category will be called "Explorer Scouts," "Sea Scouts,"
This would be a compromise: Outdoors Explorers who have
always liked the name "Explorers" will continue to be called that
because they'll be "Explorer Scouts." Sea Explorers, many of whom
have hated that name ever since it was forced upon them, would be
called "Sea Scouts," which is what they were once called and have
been longing to be called again. Those who feel the need to have two
names to distinguish the BSA program for 14-21-year-olds from the LFL
program for that age group will be satisfied because the term
"Venturing" would be used to designate the overall BSA program for
young adults, while "Exploring" will be used to designate the LFL
young adult program.
Does this suggestion make sense? At the risk of sounding redundant,
Explorers who are currently high adventure Explorers would wear the
following (two lines instead of one) above their right chest pocket
after 1 August:
Sea Scouts would wear:
If this scheme is followed, then no one who doesn't want to will lose
the name "Explorers." The public will retain the connection between
"Explorers" and the young-adult section of the BSA, and this will
avoid a lot of unnecessary re-education. BSA Explorer Scouts and LFL
Explorers will both retain the name that describes exactly what
they're doing: exploring. Explorer Scouts will be called "Scouts"
because they are part of BSA and the worldwide Scouting Movement,
while Explorers will not be called "Scouts" because they're not part
of a National Scout Organization. It looks like everyone will be
happy under this naming plan.
What do you guys think?
Yours in Scouting,
Alex C. J. Neroth
EMR Explorer Post 5
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