Re: Scouting for boys?
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 10 Aug 1992 14:50:30 CDT
..................Even with the ROVERS as a COED program,
Sorry, Don, but BSA does NOT and never HAS HAD ROVERS. That is NOT one of
our programs. We have the following:
Tiger Cubs - 1st grade boys
Cub Scouts - 2,3,4, and 5 grade boys
Boy Scouts - 6,7,8,9,10,11,12 - or until their 18th birthday
(at that point, the boy may transfer his "boy" membership
to the Assistant Scoutmaster position, but that is the ONLY
position WITHIN a troop that he may hold until he is 21).
Exploring - Coed - (unless specified differently by C.O., we have a few
completely female units here in our council too) - 14 to 21st birthday.
Venture Scouts - the older unit of a TROOP - age 14 - to 18th birthday
Varsity Scouts - 14 to 18th birthday.
........And the OA also considers a scout as a YOUTH til age 21, as far as
holding office etc., so BSA has some conflicts in is our guidelines.
A program developed for the over 18 years olds, may just not be cost effective?
.---NO conflict, DON. Most boys over 18 are in college, maintain a
registration is the college reserve (that IS a title for this group)
and thus can maintain membership in an OA chapter and lodge. MOST boys
find this is even more than they can handle while in school, but are able
to participate on school vacations on conclaves, etc.
> But it sounds to me like if it was career or LIFE skills oreinted
> with some leadership developement thrown in, it would help BSA
> retain future leasders, and help young adults grow as well. Maybe
> BSA will catch up to the rest of the world in the future.
> don i
-----Actual stats show that we DO retain the boys pretty well, IF they stay
through to 18. In fact, careers have been formed based on Exploring right
and left --- it IS the way national has been aiming Exploring for years.
BSA does NOT seem far behind to me! We train boys for survivial; practical
and social skills -- we give them the opportunity to 1) register and work
actively with a troop (which most boys do take as their option) 2) register
in exploring until 21 3) register in the college reserve till 21 3) remain
active in OA to 21.
I see NO conflict here --
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City