Re: oa national rule changes
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 21 Nov 1991 16:00:11 CST
> Since 1971, the Exploring program uses the Explorer Code as its guide
> for the youth and adults of the program:
> " As an Explorer----
> I believe that America's strenght lies in her trust of God and in the courage
> and strenght of her people.
> I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a
> personal sence of honor and my own life.
> I will tresure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and
> enrich it.
> I will recognize the dignity and worth of my fellowmen and will use fairplay
> and goodwill in dealing with them.
> I will aquire the Exploring attitude that seeks the truth in all things and
> adventure on the frontiers of our changing world."
> The Exploring program had always had its male members to become electable
> by virture of their participation in a Troop's program or through participatin
> g in a series of "superactivities" (equal in planning and execution as summer
> camp is/was) over a two year period.
> But, now, as the number of Explorers that take part in *real* superactivities
> drop, and the number of Scouts staying in Varsity or Venture units increase,
> the Exploring part is no longer needed. (That IS NOT MIKE WALTON'S POINT
> OF VIEW.) I strongly disagree with this move, because many outdoor Explorer
> Posts were nothing more than an extension of the Scout Troop (as was naturally
> done in the 50 and 60s before the present-day program...and in many locations
> is WHAT WORKED!
> While Explorers don't suscribe to the Scout Oath and Law, the principles of
> the Explorer Code and the principles of the Scout Oath and Law are
> Mike Walton
> Richmond, Kentucky
It seems quite evident that the National OA committee does not agree that
the 2 oaths are interchangable. However, they are apt to change their
minds down the line anyway, as I believe you are correct.
However, over the 80s and 90s when I have been working with Exploring, a
constant theme has been coming out at area and regional levels, that 1).
high adventure posts no longer work, i.e. venture, 2). Exploring should
only be career orientated, 3). career awareness in the schools was (in my
way of thinking) only a way to produce great, large numbers. Well, now it
seems that National too saw that the numbers of youth in career awareness,
not following the ideals of Scouting, nor the methods, was an insurance
hazard. So the committee to research was formed, GSA was asked to
participate but refused, and Learning for Living (a separate corporation)
was formed and launched. Career awareness is a part of the new
corporation, no longer a part of the concern of Scouters like you and I.
Exploring, nationwide, has been changed and redirected so many times over
the past few years, that it is a wonder if ANYONE knows what the program
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City