Re: Venturer vs Explorer
Chris McCullough (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu May 21 13:48:50 1998
Jim Miller wrote:
> 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 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
> Jim Miller
This is exactly why the new Division was created. To allow the continuation of
support to the community through character building programs. There are some
programs that if kept under the umbrella of the BSA, that will not be as
successful in the private sector (Law Enforcement, Fire, etc)
The BSA is continuing its support of values to those who subscribe, and at the
same time reaching out to as many young people and their adult counterparts as
In response to "Scouting doesn't take place in a classroom"., I can just say you
are right. Howerver, LFL is not the direct opposite of Scouting. LFL is not
Scouting as we know it, but it is a branch of the Scouting movement reaching out
to those who do not have Boy Scouting. Young women, urban youth, rural youth, and
non Scouts looking towards the future. LFL is a school based program to develop
character in those children who do not get that type of development in the home.
LFL is a great program. Associating Exploring with it opens the door for the BSA
to continue serving youth. And isn't that why we are volunteers in the program?
To serve youth?