Re: What's in a Name?
Fri May 22 09:09:53 1998
To clarify our situation, we do not use the green Exploring shirts
that BSA sells. Our T-shirts and jackets were designed by our members and
the word Explorers is in big, bold letters, and is a major part of the
design (you can see it at our web site
www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/4538). Since little information has
officially been given to us, it was a concern about how quickly we would
have to change, but the general concensus on this site seems to be that
natural attrition & replacement will be alright.
On the issue of name recognition, though, it matters a great deal to
us. If we change to Venturing (I suspect we will), it means 4 years of
building recognition for the Exploring program here is largely wasted and we
will start over with a name that isn't recognized in this area. That matters
because people are less likely to join an organization they haven't heard
of. Also, support of our program in terms of money, equipment donations, and
volunteer assistance for special areas (such as CPR & First Aide
certification) has steadily increased over the past 4 years. I'm pretty sure
the name change will have an effect on that for at least a couple years.
Who does this matter to? It matters to the members of our post who
have worked really hard to build their program. Is this a good thing for the
youth we're trying to serve? Maybe in the long run it will be, but I have to
thing there are some serious negatives in the short term. One of the more
serious being that they have the feeling that control of their program has
been taken away from them.
High Adventure Post 540
>I plan to continue wearing my green shirt with "Exploring BSA" on the
>pocket until it wears out. Then I'll get a new one with "Venturing BSA"
>or some such on it. C'mon, folks, it's just a name. What matters is
>the program and the kids. (My AA just woke up, "The what? Oh, yeah,
>them.") I suppose that I will still be called the Advisor, and if I'm
>not, I'll still go backpacking next weekend. Repeat after me: "It just
>doesn't matter, it just doesn't matter, it just doesn't matter." Shout
>it from the roof tops. "IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER."
>EA Post 319 (High Adventure)