Hara-kiri by shorts thrusts....
Jay Thal (jay.thal@TCS.WAP.ORG)
Mon, 16 Feb 1998 20:32:41 EST
The subject was Exploring.... Seems to me that just a few weeks ago we
were debating the "Three Gs" and how their affect and effect on Scouting. Some
felt that BSA should stand its ground and fight, while others (including
myself) thought that Scouting would gain by widening its frame of reference.
Now, IMO, it appears that both sides are the losers. Phrases like:
"Standing by the Schoolhouse door."; "Sometimes you have to destroy a village
to save it."; and, "Throwing the baby out with the bathwater.", spring to mind.
We also discussed the irrevocable decision of a misguided youth who
took a permanent action when faced with temporary circumstances.
The future of Exploring.... Well, all I know is what I've been reading
on Scouts-L. But it seems to me that taking those Posts which emphacise career
interests and incorporating them into the Learning for Life program suggests
that the National Executive Board hasn't learned FROM life.
Barriers are falling across the Nation. There are women, and gays, and
atheists seving in the police, as firefighters, as teachers, and I dare say in
all the vocations and leadership positions all the way up to our state
legislatures and the U.S. Congress. "They" are in the private sector, too.
This is a shell game. The issues won't go away. Neither will the
lawsuits. The body cannot isolate a part without that part dying and a chance
of gangrene infecting the whole. If Venture/Exploring returns to becoming
Troop based it will not lessen the challenges from those who seek that
I'd have to defer to many of you, especially the Black Eagle, over
Scout law and lore. But, Mike, I must ask regarding your statement: "...this
also places BSA more in line with other nation's older-boy program." Aren't
most nations' Scouting programs open to older boys AND girls (including full
membership, advancement, and awards)?
The barriers at VMI are falling. And, I choose VMI, because it is
private (with a public subsidy) and because it did/does more to prepare its
graduates for future successes in the boardrooms of Virginia, rather than the
battlefields of who knows where. BSA will eventually, and irrevocably, lose
this cultural battle unless it choses less extreme measures
I used to be a Buffalo, but I'll always be an Eagle AND Silver Explorer
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City