Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 8 Dec 1995 04:37:35 -0500
Mike Walton wrote of his recollections of Exploring in NCAC and poised a few
questons. Times are a changing for Exploring here and perhaps elsewhere.
Because some of the answers may be of general value, I've posted to the list.
NCAC used to have three geographically based Council run Exploring
Divisions. This has been replaced by a single Exploring Division for Sea
Exploring and Career Exploring. For Districts outside of the District of
Columbia Exploring is back squarely in the hands of the District.
How'd we handle it? We integrated service to Exploring into the
Commissioner Service. The commissioner in charge of Exploring service is
known as a Deputy District Commissioner for Exploring and in reality is
registered as an Assistant District Commissioner. We did not create an
Exploring chair as Mike described, because our District is organized a
little differently than the model he likes to use. What we did was to
pick an organization that worked for our needs. (And Mike yes I do know
about this and what you are talking about - I was the DDC-Exploring and
on the Council Coordinated Exporing Committee).
As to patches - well the position titles probably say it all.
Is this the only right way? Is Mike Walton's description the only right
way? The answer is that almost every District is organized a little
differently because of its geography, the number of active volunteers,
the number and types of units, etc. BSA has some models of how to
organize large, medium and smaller districts that serve as guides, but
only just that. The District has a lot of leeway in deciding how to
perform the services delegated to it by the Council. When it comes to
Exploring, the variety of organizational approaches seems to be endless.
Here we tried at least half a dozen varients before settling on what we
have, mostly because there was a lot of negotiation between the Council
and Districts as to how best to serve the program.
This is to say that, if you are involved in Exploring, there is growing
room for creativity and more acceptance of the notion that Explorer
service team members can also be commissioners. As the old saying goes,
"The rigidity is built in, the flexibility is all yours."
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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