Re: Young Adults (18-21 year old Explorer option)
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Thu, 4 Dec 1997 19:10:58 -0600
As Robert Amick pointed out, Exploring is another option for the 18-21
year "aged out" Scouts.
The 18-20 age group is a very awkward time in regards to Scouting. In one
sense they are considered youth, as in the Exploring program, and can
still hold youth leadership positions in the Order of the Arrow. However
Scouting doesn't quite embrace them with full adult status, since
many/most positions in Scouting have a 21 year age requirement. They
can serve as Assistant Scoutmasters and little if anything else.
To me they are part adult/part boy, and can move back and forth across
that boundary at will. I recognize that gift and capitalize on it by
giving them the option of a youth program as explorer, while also
utilizing their leadership abilities as an adult ASM.
Those young adults 18-21 have saved me several times as I have relied on
their status as a 2nd adult on some high adventure programs. Many
exceptional 18-21 year olds can equal older adult Scouters in outdoor
experience and skill level.
Having a troop/post in a brother/sister unit relationship is a win/win
situation for the 18-21 year olds that can particpate as youth in the post
while serving as adult ASM's in the troop. It is also a win/win situation
for myself, my committee, and my Scouts who look forward to their
enthusiasm, abilities, and most of all their positive example while
serving as ASMs.
Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33, Advisor Post 333; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City