Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Fri, 9 Apr 1993 16:48:49 CDT
Your posting concerning "traditional" Explorer Posts confuses me, because
Exploring only has two types of "posts"-- Career Awareness Posts (or CAE)
and "regular" Posts, which CAN take the form of a outdoors Post, or
a speciality post (such as rappelling, backpacking or canoeing).
We DON'T have "traditional" Posts in the vein that they exists like the old
Explorer Crews did back in the 60s and 50s.
As far as numbers are concerned, sure, if they wish to serve as members of a
Explorer Post, they should be able to find one and become youth members.
My point was that to form a Post simply to keep youth members youth members
on a professionals' "cut sheet" is both detrimental to the professional AND the
youth that are being "used" to increase unit and membership figures.
The professional should be able to cultivate, forecast and plan new Exploring
units in the same style that he or she should be able to form new Packs and
Troops--where they are needed and where the greatest number of youth can be
served, NOT where the "numbers" lead you to form one safely at.
As a former professional that spent a great deal of time working with other
Councils on their Exploring program, from formation of the Exploring Committee,
to coaching on safe ways to form Explorer Posts, this is one thing that I advise
both volunteers and professionals against doing.
The Post looks great on paper for the first year. It may look good on the books
for the second year. However, because there was no forethought about who would
charter the Post, who would serve as primary (adult) leaders of the Post, and
most importantly, not a basis for its continuity after the second year, 89%
of those Posts DIE a HORRIBLE DEATH (and those former Post members do NOT
move on to another Post or remain Explorers, because there was such a strong
bond between the "sinking members" of the previous Post).
Getting those 18 year olds to join a Post is a great idea, but it should be
because they want to utilize the Exploring advancement program, because their
peers are there, or because they are interested in the Post's offerings.
NOT because their membership in a Post will enhance ANYONE's numbers.
Mike L. Walton
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City