Re: Paramilitary Ranks in Exploring
W. Scott Smith (JamesRiver@mci2000.com)
Thu Jun 25 09:52:31 1998
Actually, we are registered as a Black Powder post (code 1003), which comes
in under the banner of "Outdoor Exploring (Venturing).
It's funny, because Black Powder posts are Outdoor units and Indian Culture
posts are Arts/Hobbies units. We do almost the same type of thing, but in
Our post is probably more of an Outdoor post than other similar units
because we try to build in a healthy mix of high adventure activities along
with the living history.
Yes, we have a president, two vice presidents, and a secretary/treasurer.
I'll take everyone's ideas back to the post to see what they think. Keep
those ideas coming!
From: William H. Sills <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
Date: Thursday, June 25, 1998 10:45 AM
Subject: Re: Paramilitary Ranks in Exploring
>IMHO, your post is operating properly as a theatrical/hobby
>Explorer Post soon to be Venturing Crew.
>Re-enactments are extremely popular and are an enjoyable,
>valuable and exciting way to learn a little about history.
>Certainly, the work on historical research, uniforms,
>accoutrements, equipment, scripts, etc. requires hard work
>on the part of th3e post members. The benefit to the public
>is great whilst affording the post members a lot of fun. It
>seems to me pretty reflective of what the Venturing program
>is supposed to be accomplishing!!!
>W. Scott Smith wrote:
>> Yes, at reenactments, we wear period military uniforms and rank, fire
>> flintlock muskets and a 3 pound cannon, march in formation, salute each
>> other, change guards, and all kinds of military stuff.
>> Yes, because of my involvement with the 7th Virginia Regiment, the
>> of Virginia designated me as an Aide de Camp with the rank of Lieutenant
>> (ceremonial only) in the Virginia Defense Force (trust me, it means
>> nothing). But our Explorers have absolutely no military involvement.
>> At meetings and other trips, military decorum goes out the window and
>> everyone is making momma jokes and jumping around like the pack of silly
>> monkeys that they are.
>> W. Scott Smith
>> Lynchburg, Virginia
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: James A. Wells <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
>> Date: Thursday, June 25, 1998 10:11 AM
>> Subject: Re: Paramilitary Ranks in Exploring
>> >In response to Jere's post about the para-military ranks,
>> >Historical Re-enactment, Sea Scouting and Air Scouts are in no way
>> >para-military organizations, nor is there any danger for someone to
>> >become one by having any special uniform, rank patch, system of
>> >designating officers. All three of these organizations have a
>> >support structure and program that utilizes a "chain of command"
>> >similar to the military, and in the case of Smith's Re-enactment
>> >Post, wear "period" ranks on their uniform clothing. I may assume
>> >they even carry rifles, pwder, ammunition, and occasionally fire a
>> >cannon -- but they are NOT anything para-military. The same goes for
>> >Sea and Air Scouts (which I have less experience with).
>> >Bottom line, not all Posts now wear, or have to wear, an official BSA
>> >uniform on the outings that they attend, and so the systems the use
>> >(or that have been suggested) are highly appopriate.
>> >James A. Wells
>> >EOA President
>> >Sam Houston Area Council
>> >ICQ #8656717