Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 28 May 1994 to 30 May 1994
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Wed, 1 Jun 1994 18:41:00 EDT
Adrian Grisanti <BSAGRIZ%EKU.bitnet@UKCC.uky.edu> writes:
>I talked with someone at national suply and unofficialy the kelly green
>exploring shirts should be in next years cattoluge and out by the fall.
>Reason: Unofficaly some big time (older) scouters with pull found
>that they did not li young women in the tan uniform.
>Time to grab thoes green shirts before the dissipear again.
Officially, the kelly green Explorer/Varsity shirts were reannounced
during the Exploring meeting during the National Council meeting last
week. I got a fax from the Committee Chair that told me what
Exploring issues were discussed, and the uniform shirt was the top of
While it WAS true that there were some "old-timers" that didn't like
the fact that a greater number of female YOUTH members would be able
to wear the tan Scout/Scouter uniform, it was the fact that over 2000
letters from Exploring leaders, Explorers and from Scouters whom also
serve as Exploring Commissioners or leaders at the Council level was
received by the Supply Division asking for the unique shirts back that
swayed the Program Group in getting the shirts remanufactured. The
order was sent to the suppliers of the uniforms back in March (as
reported here on Scouts-L and on rec.scouting), and the announcement
was made as part of the program last week.
Also announced was a change which would allow Exploring Service Team
Members and the Chair to be called "Post or Ship Commissioners" and
the "Exploring Commissioner" in a District, Division or Council.
Also, the National Associations of Aviation Explorers and Law and
Government Explorers were formally "disbanded" due to low numbers of
units that belong in those speciality groups. This don't mean that
support won't be rendered from the National office; just that there no
longer will be a "national youth chair" of either of those speciality
Also "disbanded" was the National Explorer Alumni Association. It was
felt by many present that those former Exploring officers should spend
more time with local Council efforts than working with National-level
folks (in other words, they are trying to limit the amount of influnce
that former Explorer officers would have on the present National
Explorer President and Vice President. Presently, those two officers
don't do much but rubber-stamp Exploring Committee issues).
New versions of the Exploring Leader Handbook and the Exploring
Officers' Guides were introduced as well as a few new pieces of
insignia. The biggest news other than the uniforms was that there
will be a new emphasis on marketing the Exploring program among
Scouting leaders and older Scouts as well as the traditional
"powerbase" of high school and college-age young adults.
The new Exploring Marketing Program will be released to local Councils
over the summer (elements are already being released, but the entire
package won't be released until late August, after the refinements at
the Philmont Training and Service Conference in July.
Look also for the Exploring uniform to be "dual used" again by
Varsity and Venture (senior) Scouts as well. There has been a significant
amount of discussion about those silly "venture" and "varsity" strips.
The BSA intended for the strips to be worn above the "Boy Scouts of
America" strip, but there hasn't been much interest in those two
strips. They were too small and resemble "recruiting" strips many
local Councils gave out in the late 70s.
Finally, the biggest issue that many Exploring leader have relayed is
how to encourage teens in Exploring units to LEAD and DIRECT Post and
Ship activities. A task force will be put together this fall to
tackle this problem, which is important to the success of the
Exploring method. It seems to me that many of today's teens are not
so much interested in leading or directing an event, but more
interested in "what does the Advisor have planned" for the program
that night. When those Advisors do as we teach them and "let the
youth decide", some of the posts and ships end up disbanding because
everyone thought that "we're supposed to be learning a career...not
teaching or leading other kids! This is more like that Boy Scout
stuff!" (sound somewhat familiar, Post Advisors and Ship Skippers?)
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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