Female Explorers and Philmont!
(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 11 Jun 1991 15:50:00 MST
Mike and others,
Here are some thoughts I have on the subject. I know of one post in this
area which was (maybe still is) looking for an female adult (over 21 by
explorer standards to go with their post to Philmont. They may even have
some space in the group left (if Diana was interested in going with another
group). Since areas like Tucson are so close to Philmont, the councils
never seem to organize anything to Philmont, it is left up to the units.
When I went in '70, it was in a chartered plane from Detriot, full of
Scouts going to Philmont from Detroit. Since moving west, I have yet to
see a council do more than push the training center for their district and
District/Council and other scouters.
As far as the advancement goes, until Scouting truely becomes Co-ed (11 yrs
up), I do not thing it is appropiate for the female explorers to work on
advancement. I do feel, however, any activity that allows Explorers to
participate, should waive ALL advancement requirements for the Explorers.
The order of the Arrow is a good Example of what I mean. For an Explorer
to be elected, they need the 15 days and nights of camping and the
Advisor's (reads Scoutmaster's in the book) approval. They do not have to
have the First Class rank. This is true, even if the explorer was a member
of a Boy Scout Troop.
I also believe that any Scout (tiger, Cub, Webelos, Boy, Explorer, team
member, etc.) should be able to earn any of the special awards or honors which
are offered by the scouts, included heroism awards, conservation awards, 50
miler, mile swim, Scout Lifeguard, etc. True some of these require earning
merit badges (Scout Lifeguard for example), but I see nothing to stop the
person from completeing the requirements, even if they are never officially
receiving the merit badges.
So I guess what I am saying is that advancement restrictions should not
apply to Explorers, since advancement is not really a central part of the
program like it is to Boy Scouts. Futhermore, it is my understanding that
advancement requirements are usually set to try and set some minimum level
of MATURITY. This is important when dealing with 11, 12, 13 year olds, but
when they start getting over 14, then most (not all) will start to grow up
a little bit and the rank as a way to show maturity is not all that important.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City