Re: G.O.L.D. and Our Future
Alex Chacko John Neroth (aneroth@leland.Stanford.EDU)
Tue Mar 31 23:12:56 1998
On Tue, 31 Mar 98 14:49:10 CST6CDT, William H. Sills wrote:
> Sadly, because of the new FASB standards and National Council, BSA
>policies, National, Regional and Area events are being discontinued. That leaves
>Sea Scout events as the only multi-council events in most locations. Since many
>of them are not exclusively nautically oriented, Explorers and Senior Girl
>Scouts are welcome. A good example of such an event is "Operation Rising Tide"
>during the weekend of 26 to 28 June 1998 at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in
>the North Shore suburban area between Chicago and Milwaukee. This would have
>been a Central Region or at least an Area 3 event in the past. Now, it isstill
>considered a FLOTILLA activity but it is officially a Northeast Illinois Council
>invitational event. The books are handled by Program Director Tim Dosemagen
>(847)+433-1969 x613 and it is headed by their commodore Jim Harper. Because this
>event, Milwaukee Council's Commodore Tole Rendezvous, our Nautorama, SEAL,
>SeaBadge, Advanced training, US Sailing Basic classes, Safe Swim Defense, etc.
>events are only in the Sea Scout Calendar, Explorer Posts don't get to know
>about them unless we tell them.
Sorry for asking, but what does "FASB" stand for? Are all National,
Regional and Area Exploring/Venturing events being discontinued? Why? It
seems silly to end such events. Also, I think it would be great if we
could have a national Jamboree-like event (something like a Moot, which is
for Rovers), which would be open to Venturers of all types (Explorer
Scouts, Sea Scouts, etc.)
> 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 but is
>quite small. High Adventure is larger but is not even close to being cohesive.
>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, fleet
>structure, Sea Scouting will need to help them, especially in local councils. In
>my own council, our squadron structure is the only one that always meets, always
>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.
> Finally, Sea Scouting is highly organized and enjoys great training,
>publication, and other resources but we are tiny. Therefore, we need the
>numbers, albeit small, of High Adventure post members to survive. So, the
>web-footed Scouts and the "Green Weanies" <VBG> desperately need to work
>together or our traditional programs will be the recipient of the "benign
>neglect" that Sea Scouting has suffered for the past fifty years.
> The green and the blue are stuck with each other!!! <VBG>
>From my perspective, we'd love to have all the help and experience that Sea
Scouting could offer to Explorer Scouting.
>PS. Now that the Ranger and Silver Awards appear to be returning (about
>time!!!), perhaps High Adventure Posts could get their CREWS and Crew Leaders
>back. I firmly believe that they would work as well in traditional posts as boat
>crews and coxswains (crew leaders) do in Sea Scouting. My ships use them to
>transition Scouts into the ship, for intra ship competition and for identy
>within the ship's company. What do you all think???
I'd love to see all of Venturing (Explorer Scouting as well as Sea
Scouting) have a traditional structure with Posts/Ships being comprised of
Patrol-like sub-units. I think that "Crews" would greatly aid with
organization and with providing leadership opportunities.
Yours in Scouting,
Alex C. J. Neroth