Re: Explorer Service Team Patches
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Wed, 6 Dec 1995 12:31:11 -0600
Professor Beaver (Mike Bowman) wrote:
>Mike Walton wrote that he was encouraging the use of District
>Commissioner patches for those heading up Explorer Services teams.
>I have to disagree with this concept. BSA experimented with having
>separate patches for District Cub Scout Commissioner, District Boy Scout
>Commissioer, etc. awhile back in some Councils and determined that it
>didn't work as well as expected.
>In a district you only have One District Commissioner. And you don't
>need the confusion of two people wearing the same patch.
In some Districts, for purely "political reasons", you may need to have a
District Cub Commissioner, a District Scout Commissioner and an District
Exploring Commissioner, all reporting to THE District Commissioner.
Those additional positions were created because there were some cases whereby
a distinction was or needed to be made between the senior Commissioner in a
District to handle Cub Scouting issues, and one to handle Boy Scouting and
The BSA still has those patches available to those local Councils that wish
to use it, but as you stated, Mike, the national experimentation to "move
everyone that way" didn't work out as well as they expected (as a matter of
fact, it flopped).
Exploring has a identity crisis when it comes to it's Cub and Boy Scouting
counterparts. We use different terminology...the Service Team/Commissioner
terms are one highly visiable example. In the NCAC, you don't see much of the
Exploring Service Teams because they are found mainly within the Exploring
Divisions (they have three, one each to serve youth living in the District
of Columbia, southeastern Maryland, and northern Virginia). However, in
lots of smaller Councils, where "full service Districts" try really hard to
integrate Exploring into their planning and execution of their District's
program, "Service Team" sounds like you're servicing vehicles and NOT as the
unit service function that all the rest associate with "Commissioners".
And it's that naming convention that keeps the Scouts away from using,
knowing and even trying to establish an relationship between Cub and Boy
"that other program" of ours. The naming convention has quite a lot of
history associated with it, coming mostly from the desire NOT to "sound
Scouting" back in contemporary Exploring's earlier days. There's a lot of
folks that still like "Service Team" as opposed to "Commissioner" because it
states exactly what
those volunteers do for the Advisor and Skipper and their youth members.
"Commissioner" merely means to many in Exploring "the person who signs your
charters....the person commissioning the adults". As we know, Commissioners
do MORE than just show up to sign papers or to present registration
materials to adults!
>Exploring has a "Exploring Service Team" patch for all of the members of
>the Team, whether they work for the District Exploring Chair or a Council
>Exploring Division. This is the proper patch. However, in some Councils
>and Districts where service to Exploring is integrated into the
>commissioner service, these folks wear either ADC or UC patches, just
>like anyone else servicing units. Seems simple enough to me.
What do you call the SENIOR person that deals with Exploring in a District?
If members of the Service Team are wearing Unit Commissioner (UC) patches,
does the Service Team Chair wear the Assistant District Commissioner (ADC)
therefore, if one "wire diagrammed" it, reports to the District Commissioner?
Not in Exploring. The Service Team Chair reports to the District's
Exploring Chair, which reports to the Program Vice-Chair, which reports to
the District's Chairperson. While not a complete answer, I offered the
"District Commissioner" patch, worn with the green shoulder loops, as ONE
way to solve this identity problem and to place Service Team members and
Chairs on more or less an equal par with their District counterparts. Of
course, there's ONLY ONE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER per District; in an Exploring
Division (equal to an District), you also have ONE EXPLORING SERVICE TEAM
CHAIR (and this person would be the "Division Commissioner" of that Division)
(what is really needed, like the BSA found with the Senior Exploring
Executive and the Exploring Executive patches introduced two years back, is
the final conversion of Exploring unit service personnel to Commissioners,
and a special
Exploring Commissioner patch to generically serve as the emblem of choice of
that senior Exploring Commissioner at the District/Division and Council levels.
Right now, while the members of the Service Team wear a red patch with a gold
"Big E" and lettering, the Chair of the Service Team wears either that same
patch or nothing at all, which doesn't clarify his or her important role in
>Sometimes I wonder whether some folks worry too much about the patch and
>not as much as the quality of service rendered. As Mike mentioned, BSA
>had to give up on two colors of SM, ASM, etc. patches based on training,
>because folks started paying too much attention to the patch and trying
>to get one.
>Maybe what we need to do is to use high tech resources to create a
>special position patch like a commissioner patch, but with the words
>"Look at Me I'm Important" embedded in the patch using LEDs that flash
>dazzling gold light. Maybe we could just make the whole thing a base for
>LEDs and have the whole thing flash off and on.
That would work....maybe with some sort of sound effect too, so as you walk by,
people would turn and look at you and then see the flashing lights!
Then, they would STILL say "What do you do in Scouts? Are you a Scoutmaster?"
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