William H. Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed Mar 04 14:05:18 1998
BSA's official date of discontinuance of SILVER was 1965. However, I don't
believe that they had issued any for 2 to 3 years before that. That was also the
OFFICIAL end of adults being able to ear Eagle, Silver, etc. Again, that practice
was discouraged before the War, in 1939, I think, but 1965 was the proclaimed
official end. When I earned my ACE, things were comletely screwed up. BSA was
making noises about giving us Silver instead. We didn't want Silver, we wanted the
awrd we had been working toward. It was as if BSA's Exploring Division just didn;t
care about us! Skippers and Squadron Leaders had no idea what in Heaven's Name was
going on ... I was then dually registered in an Air Scout Squadron and in a Sea
Scout Ship. I left my troop the second that I made 1st Class and was allowed to be
a Senior Scout! We had some sort of wierd Senior Scouting program where a boy
could earn Quartermaster, ACE and Silver plus a Senior Scpouting thing with losts
of specialties. I dimly remember a bar for SEAMANSHIP and another for RADIO.
Anyway, things were so screwed up that none of us had a clue to wahht BSA was
doing. They even sent an official notice that henceforth Boatswain would be Senior
Crew Leader and the BnM would be the Deputy Senior Crew Leader. Luckily, muy
skipper and my Squadron Leader both ignored all the conflicting junk coming from
National. After awhile, it apparently all went away. <VBG> Unfortunately, so did
the Air Scouts.
For those that think the program hasn't changed, I soloed AS an Air Scout
and also as a Sea Scout. It was OK and insured. Boy, have things changed. Now, the
closest equivalent is ice boating. :-)
Anyway, my skin is pretty thin when it comes to Exploring. I lived
through a disaster and I am really sensitive to the ideas and thoughts that appear
to be taking us back. Exploring really messed up my time in Senior Scouting so I
am ready to wage war to make sure it doesn't ever hurt my Sea Scouts in the same
way it hurt me. So.... I am sort of apologizing for being so strident about Sea
Scouting vis a vie Exploring/Venturing.
One of the bad parts of being older and being Prussian is remembering.
However, in many cases it is one of the good points! :-)
former Air Scout