Re: Venturer vs Explorer
Jim Miller (email@example.com)
Thu May 21 12:27:09 1998
On Thu, 21 May 98 11:42:21 CDT, you wrote:
>Rich and fellow volunteers,
>I must disagree with the Knee Jerk association. I beleive that this move has
>been in the works for many years. 5 years ago, the BSA decided to look into
>the litigious aspects of Exploring within government sponsering
>organizations. What they found out was that the BSA could not win the fight
>if cities, counties and the like were sued for membership in Exploring by
>those not subscribing to the ideals set forth by the BSA.
Personally, I still think they came up with the wrong answer. There is
no reason that all of the units sponsored by government entities
couldn't have their sponsorships changed to private groups.
Generally, I don't agree with the tying together of our private
organization with public institutions at any time. It weakens our
position as a private organization in the long run.
>The BSA not wanting to lose it's outreach to youth in the community, had
>tough decisions to make in order to preserve the high ideals of the Boy
>Scouts of America. If some of us have to lose a battle to win the war, or in
>other words, lose the name to save the program, then Count Me In!
>We need to focus on providing the best darn program to our young men and
>women so they can reap the benefits of all we promise. Exploring in LFL, or
>Venturing in BSA, the kids will have a great time if we appreciate the
>situation the BSA is in and deliver the program within their guidlines
The problem with this is that the entire premise of LFL is the exact
opposite of the premise of Scouting. Scouting doesn't take place in a