Re: G.O.L.D. and Our Future
Steve Griefer (email@example.com)
Tue Mar 31 18:19:32 1998
The only chance for Exploring to survive into the 21st Century will be a
strong program that not only draws Scouts and Scouters that are already
active, but calls out to the members of society that wants to take part in
the program. As long as there is no real Exploring Infrastructure in place,
Exploring will continue to suffer and shrink.
Those persons across the country with the experience and the will, who
wants to make Exploring a major part of Scouting, that next logical step in
a youths career, should start working together to start changing the program.
Exploring has to be seen as "the next step" by the National Office and the
power that can really make a difference.
At 02:47 PM 3/31/98 CST6CDT, you wrote:
> This situation will get much worse, in my opinion, after 1 August.
>There will be only about 200,000 youth in the Venturing Division. BSA will
>necessarily concentrate on LFL Exploring. That is where the numbers and the
>business money will be found. Sea Scouting is relatively well organized
>quite small. High Adventure is larger but is not even close to being
>Plus, it lost its organizational structure during its absorption into the
>Exploring Division. Therefore, I believe that until these traditional posts
>develop the equivalent of Sea Scouting's squadron, task force, flotilla,
>structure, Sea Scouting will need to help them, especially in local
>my own council, our squadron structure is the only one that always meets,
>performs and has something to do. Our EOA is quite erratic and, without help
>from Sea Scouting, would whither away. Now, it will be worse since many posts
>will be LFL.