Richard Thompson (Thompson@accesscom.net)
Sun Aug 23 12:11:05 1998
Consider the situation from a different perspective. The Exploring program
is no longer part of the BSA at all. Explorers are no longer Scouts, but
rather participants in the Learning for Life program. That doesn't keep them
from hiking, camping, and doing whatever type of outdoor activity they want
to do, but the Explorer program is not a Scouting program. If the Scouting
part of the program is important to you and/or the Post members, Venturing
is where you must be. If the Scouting part of the program is not important
to them, Exploring can accommodate career-oriented outdoor activities.
Advisor, Crew 48
New Orleans, La.
From: Jorge Dam <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sunday, August 23, 1998 8:56 AM
>My name is Jorge Dam, advisor of the Explorer Post 919. We are sponsored
by the USDA Forest Service, Caribbean National Forest in Puerto Rico. Our
specialty is Forestry but we also deal with tourism, fisheries, endangered
species reestablishment, conservation, etc.
>We are celebrating our third anniversary this month and we are proud to be
the recipients of last years award as the Best Youth Volunteer Group in the
USDA Forest Service system.
>All this Exploring-Venturing situation is very confusing. I have attended
in the last month training's and meetings were we have been explained on the
creation of Venturing, and all that is OK. My problem is, what is left for
Exploring? BSA took Outdoors out of the six areas of experience of
Exploring, does this mean that Explorers don't do outdoors?
>My Post is career oriented. But our program is based on the outdoors.
When I presented the option to the membership of the Post to change to
Venturing, they voted unanimously against the change.
>If anybody has information on this question? It would be very helpful.