Re: Silver and Ranger Awards - Reinstitution
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 9 Dec 1997 20:14:13 -0600
>I have seen numerous references in posts to reinstitution of the Silver
>and Ranger awards for Explorers. I spoke to my SE, who is a VERY >straight
shooter, today and he said he had heard nothing about it.
He hasn't read the December Exploring update information sent to him from
the National Exploring Division, did he?? Nor did he read a request from
his Region to nominate his Council (if your Council was a Quality Council)
for a short fieldtesting of the Silver/Ranger Awards when released? The
Southern Region sent out their letters the week of Thanksgiving. A Regional
volunteer asked me two weeks ago if I've seen them...so they must be out
Both of them, I've been told, have been sent out to local Councils shortly
after the conclusion of the National Exploring Committee meetings back
before the Thanksgiving holiday in November and after other committee
meetings held in late October/early November.
>He said at the last national meeting he attended, the Exploring Division
>said "there are big things coming, but we can't tell you what."
Yep...he's exactly correct and so are other SE/CEs that attending a Regional
Top Hands meeting were told the same things....actually, they were told that
"big things are coming to the entire BSA program group, but we can't tell
you right now and when they are ready, you'll be the first to know."
>May I ask if any listmember has an official, written piece of information
>from the BSA or from Exploring Division about the reinstitution of these
>awards, when it will happen, what requirements will be, etc? If so, what
is >the information, date, etc., and can I get a copy of it please. If not,
>know how this information started to be disseminated?
Here's what I know; I DO NOT have any official documentation here (but that
doesn't mean that I won't get anything sent to me later on):
*There will be a SILVER AWARD to replace the current Growth Opportunities in
Leadership Development (G.O.L.D.) Award (which replaced two years back the
Exploring Acheivement Award). The *proposed requirements* that were being
tossed around back in the summer and fall of this year has to deal with six
*service to others
*personal growth development
*outdoor activity participation and /or leadership
*communicating both internally and externally
*exploration into the Explorer Code and application thereof
Within each block there's a set of requirements, many of which were
recommended and worked on through a youth committee consisting of the
National Explorer President and his cabinet along with selected Explorers
recommended by local Councils and/or national speciality associations.
I don't know what specific requirements there will but just from taking a
look at the above outlines, it will come closer to Eagle than our earlier
work toward the Exploring Achievement Award in 75-77 will come.
I was asked to submit some ideas toward the new award, which I did, but I
have no idea on which were accepted and which wasn't and even if they
considered anything I wrote and submitted.
The RANGER Award is being considered to return as well for OUTDOOR AND
GENERAL INTEREST Exploring members, and from what I understand, will be a
combination of the older EAA/G.O.L.D. Award requirements along with some
merit badge work (note here gang: Explorers are *currently prohibited* from
earning merit badges as the merit badge program is a part of the Boy Scout
advancement program....) It is hoped that the Ranger Award would be
eventually on the same plane as the current Quartermaster Award for
Sea/Nautical Explorers (which by the way, has also been revised and
re-written to accommodate a larger number of Explorers that do not belong to
Ships but have a nautical Exploring program).
"Considered" because there's not a definate reasoning for the award other
than "tradition" and "because Sea Exploring has the Quartermaster". One of
the things I want to know is if an Explorer can earn Ranger, Silver and
Quartermaster Awards. I understand back in the "old days" of all three
awards, that indeed some Explorers were able to earn two or all three awards
in addition to earning Eagle. That, I feel, would be cool!!
The current square knot used for the G.O.L.D. and the EAA (and the earlier
Exploring Awards) has been expanded as part of the changes to the program to
also include the Exploration Awards and the Young American Awards. From what
I understand, that knot will be used for other non-BSA awards as well (the
most notable is the Congressional Award and the Young American Awards, which
Scouts and Explorers may earn as well as those outside the BSA) and the
older square knots for the Silver and Ranger Awards will come back. Haven't
seen an illustration of either, though....so I'm waiting like everyone else
to see what they'll look like if they go that route.
The *current plan* calls for a formalized announcement about ALL of the
program changes (I've been waiting for it myself...if it doesn't happen this
or next week, look at it happening the first full week of January in the new
year), followed by a short fielding in selected (Quality) Councils, and
release to ALL local Councils either in May or July of 1998, with
implementation starting in August of 1998.
The Exploring program will receive a large boost by these changes, if
everything that I got a copy of will be accepted, worked out and fielded.
It needs it, because the Division has been suffering from a loss of
direction until this past summer. It has a new Director, some new staffers,
and most importantly, these folks *remember the Exploring of the 60s and
70s* when Exploring was almost as big as Boy and Cub Scouting.
Sea Exploring has also gotten a big boost starting with the new program year
too....expect a new, bold push for Sea Exploring Ships and nautical
Exploring Posts over the new year (and it's above time!). Also, something
that lots of us holders of the Trident wanted, we got....holders of the
SeaBadge may now wear the Sea Badge on the field uniform ON THE LEFT POCKET
above the button!!!!! (in the 70s, they made the Sea Badge training award a
"lapel pin" or "tietac", which could only be worn with civilian clothing.
Hopefully, this will renew interest in the training experiences for Ship
Skippers and their Mates and other Council Sea Exploring leaders!)
Boy and Cub Scouting won't be left behind, though...there will be some
program stuff to support them and some of it *came from the field* from
suggestions from Scouters and parents involved in the programs.
Unfortunately, along with the good stuff, will come some more tightning of
policies and procedures.....and those will be announced soon, I'm hoping
too. I've been *holding onto* a lot of this stuff, and others here have
already released some of it on other forums....and I'm still finding out
more new stuff and changes to old stuff even over this past weekend....so...
That's all *I* know of, Neil. Like all BSA policies and changes, official
word will come from BSA national publications, along with mailings sent to
your local Council Executive from National; supplemented by additional
mailings and releases to local Councils. I hope that this helps.....
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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