Bob Amick (email@example.com)
Mon May 04 13:26:21 1998
I guess I would qualify as someone who also did Exploring
in the "dark ages" so I will offer an opinion. We were
never referred to as "green weenies" by anyone in Scouting,
either youth or adult; only as Explorers. I had never heard
the term until it appeared in Mr. Sill's postings.
While his explanation of the rationale for euphemistically
using the "'W' word" apparently stems from his involvement
in the fifties, the customs and "traditions" that existed then
are largely unfamiliar to current youth members and advisors;
hence, perhaps a more contemporary approach should be
considered. The "monikers" of yesteryear are not
necessarily appropriate for or accepted by today's Exploring
and Explorers, and while the term may be considered
to be humorous by the writer, it is not necessarily
viewed in the same spirit by the readers.
Perhaps a more appropriate term could be found to refer to
his "non sea-going" Explorer colleagues?
Bob Amick, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72/SES 72
Longs Peak Council Explorer Training Chair
At 10:47 AM 5/4/98 CST6CDT, you wrote:
>Do any other High Adventure Explorers out there find the nickname "green
>weenies" offensive? I have not heard this term anywhere but on the
>Explorer-Net. We don't consider ourselves "weenies" of any sort, green or
>otherwise. Is this a derisive term used primarily by Sea Scouts?