Re: Female Explorers and Philmont!
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 12 Jun 1991 12:26:00 EDT
Thank you for your comments.
As the person that chaired the committee to establish the Exploring Achievement
Award (many moons ago) this was one of the issued we were faced with.
Explorers in Posts have a varied program. Two side-by-side Law Enforcement Posts
will have two separate programs and methods. How do we make an award uniform
enought to meet ALL of the varied Explorer Posts' needs for personal
acheivement on the same level of the Eagle Scout rank for Boy Scouts.
The Explorer Acheivement Award was designed to meet that need for Boy Scouters
that "just HAD to have a advancement program for Explorers" and for
Explorers that either felt "cheated" of a opportunity to earn Eagle or
wanted to "progress further along than Eagle". The requirements are set up
identical to Eagle....a period of time (18 months or longer), a personal
growth area (interview with Advisor, completion of personal growth projects),
completion of six projects in each of Exploring six Experience Areas and
leadership of the Post and in completing a service project from start to
finish. Like the Eagle, each Explorer goes before a "Board of Review" at
the District or Council level to certify their experiences. the Award,
a lapel pin, certificate and square knot (which was approved in 1989) is
supposed to answer concerns from "old Scouters" that Explorers can indeed
reach a certain level of maturity and self-relianace.
The only problem that has come out as a result of this improvement is that
We don't have enough Diana Crows out there even attempting the Award. I
don't know if the Professional staffs are getting this out to the field,
whether advisors and Post Committee people are telling the youth, or even
if youth today as opposed to 1978-88, when 2000 Explorers earned this award
are even interested any more.
I did not mention Explorer Ships, which have their own Advancement program
leading toward the Quartermaster Award in addition to the Exploring Achievemnt
Award. AND Eagle....IF the youth was a First Class or better Scout before entry
into a Post.
Again, thanks for the comments.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City