Re: BSA composition
Michael Rogero Brown (michaelb@SUNRISE.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Mon, 5 Apr 1993 14:03:50 EDT
> > Varsity Scouts 55,765 Varsity 17,422
> > Explorers 351,119 Exploring 76,974
> > Career Awareness
> > Explorers (CAE)731,658 CAE 10,326
> > Lone Cub/Scouts 334 District/Council/
Let me see if I can explain this.
> What are "Varsity Scouts"? I never saw them mentioned here or on rec.scouting
Varsity Scouts are a new (about 10 years or so) division within the Boy Scout
division. They deal with older boys (14-18) and are organized into Team/Squads
instead of Troop/Patrol. Instead of a Scoutmaster, they have a Coach.
They still do everything 'regular' Boy Scouts do (ie rank advancement, etc),
but there is more of an inphasis on 'high-adventure' and service then in
regular Boy Scout troops, plus since they don't have to 'deal' with younger
scouts (11-13), they are not 'held back' so to speak from certain challenges.
They should not be confused with the 'Varsity' "older-boy" program that
exists in Boy Scout troops. There is some debate on why Varsity Scouts were
formed. Some feel it was done to keep older scouts in the program somehow,
others feel it was to attrach older boys who had never been in Scouting and
didn't want to have to deal with younger scouts. While the program may be
popular & successful in some areas, I know in my council it never really worked.
All the Varsity Scout Teams were formed by older boys spliting off from their
troops. When there was no influx of new members, these teams eventually died.
> Also, what is the difference between Explorers and CAE?
CAE are just a division with Explorers. Explorer Posts usually choice some
speciallity, ie Health Career, High Adventure, Sea Exploring, etc. CAE is
a new idea were a Post will focuse on a specific career so that high school
students can find out more about it. It has apparently been very successful.
> Lastly, who are lone scouts?
In the US, if a boy wants to joins Scouting, but there is no near by troop/pack
then he can be a "Lone Boy Scout" or a "Lone Cub Scout". (realize that there
are many areas in the US that are sparcly populated). Basically they do
Scouting on their own with an adult designated as a 'councilor'. Instead of
being in a unit, he is a lone scout and wears a special patch in place of
the unit number.
Lone Scouting actually has a long and distinquished history. Lone Scouting
was started as a separate orgainization, the Lone Scouts of America, founded
in 1915? by William Boyce, who had helped form the BSA. The LSA had its own
unique ranks, or degrees as they were called, working up to "Supreme Scout".
There were Lone Scout Units back then and many boys were members of both the
LSA & BSA. Later the LSA was merged into the BSA, which kept the orginial
degrees for 5-10 years before getting rid of them. I know many LSA members
were very proud of their membership.
[anyone want to add to this on Lone Scouting, I'm doing this by memory]
Well I hope this answers your questions.
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