Re: BSA Program Changes
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Fri, 6 Feb 1998 22:04:59 -0600
I apologize deeply for the delay in getting back to many of you; my family
has suffered some serious family problems and my sons aren't getting along
well with the rest of our family although we're still working out the rough
spots. I ask for your patience and for your prayers as I get past this
month of Scouting, family, church and military stuff! It's a very busy,
busy month (and I haven't included *regular work*!!)
Cooper echoed several others' responses to my two-parter on the *proposed or
field-testing* of BSA program changes due to hit our program sometime around
the middle of this year to the start of our new program year.
Thanks ever so much for the kind words and the additional information.
I also received two responses from senior professionals which basically
state "Hey Mike Walton; you really don't know what you're talkin' about and
please don't spread any rumors...but thanks!" That's fine. Again, from the
>These are all RECOMMENDATIONS that have been approved by their >respective
National volunteer committees. Normally, whatever is being >recommended
will be field tested if needed and approved by the BSA's >National Executive
Board and distributed out to the field and our usage.
I only want to add that this was AS OF 1 JAN 98; I didn't receive anything
else prior to the date of posting, after several "inquiries"...so I went
with the last stuff I was told.
>Your local Council will receive SPECIFIC information on these and some
>other, lessor programs and program emphasis, much more than what I or
>anyone else can unofficially explain here on our forum. I don't have very
>little more than what I've already posted here (and in the past).
>Again, I emphasize (especially for those that have recently joined us) that
>I do NOT work for the BSA, nor do I presently serve on a national
>committee or task force; my information came from volunteers and
>professionals serving on those committees, as well as from copies of >BSA
correspondence dealing with those items which have been shared >with me by
those volunteers and/or professionals.
One of the hazards in providing information like this is the "image problem"
that it causes amoung some volunteers (and some professionals) that "Mike
Walton is the only "conduit" in which this kind of information is released.
Be assured that I am NOT the only "conduit" and that some of this
information, in smaller bits and pieces, have been previously released here
on Scouts-L and other forums over the past months by volunteers and
professionals "in tune" with specific program elements.
And PLEASE don't ask me to share names or positions!! These men and women,
professional and volunteer, shared this information with me with the purpose
of giving us here a "heads-up". For this, I simply don't "kiss and tell",
especially after a very long period of time working and being friends with
many of them.
Finally, remember that *your local Council* is your source for OFFICIAL
information on these changes and other impactors, including whether or not
they will field test or *use* those changes, when and if they turn official.
Your local Council *is the BSA* in your locality, so use those resources as
>Thanks Mike for the great posting. I was saddened to see no mention of
>the Venture option in troops as a means of keeping older scouts active >and
advancing. Believe it or not it is working here in the National Capital
>Area Council. We haven't seen a new Venture pamphlet or Outdoor >Skills
Instruction manual since 1992.
Cooper, my understanding is that all of the BSA's youth manuals will be
reviewed and updated this year, in a similar style as the BSA Requirements
Book has been. It may take a little longer, but I'm sure that we'll all see
newer and more exciting manuals for our youth!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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