Re: Exploring changes
Kathie Heidenfelder-Cerveny (kathie@ECE.NWU.EDU)
Wed, 18 Feb 1998 11:48:50 -0600
>I especially worry about the awards we've developed and that we were looking
Actually Tom, are we talking about putting Career Exploring and In-School
exploring into the Learning for Life subsidary (which does not have to follow
our moral values, etc.)? In 1982 as the Council Service Team Chairman for
Northeast Illinois Council, and the many years serving in that position and
as Council Exploring Training Chairman, we were being directed (even then)
NOT to start up high adventure posts, stick only to career units, and then
when in-school Career Exploring started to be emphasized in the early 90s,
we were directed to suppport it, which of course, easily leads into
Learning for Life, and no rules today.
In 1996 at Philmont, where both you and I attended the Exploring week long
session, there was a great deal of emphasis on CAREER exploring, and very
little on high adventure. That is how over the past 15 years or so we have
been slowly guided away from the high adventure posts.
Northwest Suburban has an Exploring division with units and districts with
units. What needs to happen is ONE division of Exploring with all units,
not district units. (Something I tried hard to establish in 1993) What is
now being clearly stated is that they will be in school, or career units.
You have the names and email addresses of the Exploring National Committee
members, as I do. Although, they jolly well may have changed by now. Why
not email them and find out their VOLUNTEER input? According to my notes,
these volunteers were heavily involved in the setting up of new awards, so
they should know the thinking going on.
On the other hand, I am VERY concerned about the loss of moral values, and
the loss of the BSA total package of values that occurs with Learning for
Life,(a separate corporation not requiring the following of such rules and
regs), than I am the possible loss of awards! I'd much rather help a boy
or girl become the best they can be, of moral and ethical value, whether or
not we hand an award on them.
Guess it took awhile, but ....voila....here we are.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City