RE: Exploring changes (The "Gray Area" Explorer Posts, EOA,
Bob Amick (email@example.com)
Wed Feb 18 22:35:13 1998
One of the as yet unanswered questions that has arisen for our Council
Exploring Committee, is what about the posts that don't really
cleanly fit in either category (i.e. LFL or "[fill-in-the-blank]/Venture?")
We have posts that are sponsored by the Colorado Division of Wildlife,
a State Government Agency. However, in addition to their career-oriented
programs and service projects for the DOW, they largely do high adventure
outdoor activities, and have one of the most well-rounded programs (all six
experience areas to the max)
that I have ever seen. They are doing Explorer GOLD awards, and
some are earning Eagle Awards through the Post, having been previously
in Scouts, but no Longer with a Troop by their own choice. They are
aware of the soon-to-be Ranger and Silver Awards and are eager to
begin work on those as well. They actively participate in EOA meetings
and events. We also have law enforcement Explorers who have earned
the GOLD award and were very interested in doing the new Ranger and
Silver Awards. Do they have to join a non-LFL post to take advantage
of that program?
How do we tell them that they will probably go to LFL and not be
able to earn the aforementioned awards in their own post?
They will not be "happy campers" to learn of that development.
And speaking of EOA, how will LFL and (Venture/whatever) Explorers interact
if they are divided by these categories? Or more importantly will there
even be an EOA/VOA? Although EOA is not present in every council, it
certainly is strong in many, and has the potential of expanding, especially
when the group does council and multi-council events such as our Explorer
Our Explorer Mock Disaster Exercise encompasses Explorers from three
Councils, and all specialities including Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, EMS,
Outdoor High Adventure, architecture, aviation, sea explorers, et al.
We have nearly three hundred participating and expect even more this year
for more info.
It is very important to maintain unity and communications
among Explorers to give equal
access to these and other events, and to allow for representation
of posts on Explorer Officer Association activities and events, as
well as area, regional and national conferences.
Which brings to mind another question that as yet remains unanswered.
It is likely that National Law Enforcement Explorer Conferences will
continue (?), but is it likely that future National Explorer Leadership
Conference will continue in some form with the division of these specialties.
The NELC has grown steadily in the past few years and has a
great potential for becoming increasingly popular. The division of
Exploring would seem to indicate that future conferences would be doubtful.
If this is the case, we have lost a major national event which many
Explorers are very much looking forward to; (e.g., fire, ems,
law, et al, would have to do something in the LFL side, and thus those
competitions and interactions would be lost to the "Venture" side of
a conference). These folks comprise a significant portion of the NELC
so their inability to participate would perhaps result in diminishing
a future NELC (or whatever it's to be named) by as much as half.
Moreover, what will become of the elections for National Explorer President
and regional representatives of the National Explorer Cabinet?
Lots of things to think about....?
Bob Amick, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72/SES 72,
Longs Peak Council Exploring Training Chair/Exploring Committee.