Re: Parent Involvement/Camping Involvement
Jim Miller Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Wed, 2 Oct 1996 16:35:00 +0000
I knew I would hear about it when I did this:
>Jim Miller stated :
>|Exploring is NOT Scouting.
But I am going to stand by what I said. Let me do something I should have
done in the first post and clarify a bit about myself. As a youth I was a
member of three different Explorer Posts. I was President of one and
served as my Council's Explorer Presidents Association Chair. I am
currently a Post Advisor(until the end of the month) and a National Exploring
Instructor. As of this month, I also have every Training Award in Exploring
except the Sea Exploring ones (Exploring Training Award, Advisors Key,
Division Committee Key, Service Team Key).
I am an Eagle Scout and spent 7 years as a Boy Scout. I am also an
Assistant Scoutmaster and have just completed my practical portion of
Woodbadge NE-II-76 (...a good old Bobwhite, too!).
Based on that experience, I have no problem stating that Scouting and
Exploring are two very different programs.
I will concede that Sea Exploring is far closer to Scouting than the general
Exploring program is. I can also say that many Posts are extremely
Scouting-like. Usually this is due to either members or adults having
extensive Scouting experience. In my experience, this does not happen
in Posts made up of people who have not been involved in the Boy Scout
Overall, though, when one compares the Boy Scout Handbook to the
Explorer Leader Handbook, the programs operate differently. Boy
Scouting has a set program. Leaders get monthly program helps in
Scouting magazine. Boy Scout Troops all over the country do the same
basic things. The program is right there in the Handbook.
Explorer Posts are not necessarily based on an outdoor program. It's
just a part of the program. Exploring, by design, will appeal to a far wider
audience due to it's specialization and adaptability. The program does
not exist as it does in Scouting. It's up to the youth of the Post to come up
with their own program. Basically all that is provided is a structure in
which to run that program. This provides a completely different
experience for the youth involved.
Some youth will thrive on the pre-made program of Boy Scouting. Some
will do better with the "blank page" of Exploring. Each program, and each
Unit in that program, is designed to appeal to a certain segment of the
youth. Neither is designed to be so broad as to please all of the people
all of the time. There are always going to be youth who don't find the
program appeals to them. Fine. It does not mean we should try to modify
the program to attract every single youth into it. That just smacks too
much of "Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated." to me.
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