Re: Air Scouts and Rangers
Jim Miller Sr. (jjmsr@LSFCU.ORG)
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 11:18:51 -0400
Picked this up somewhere:
Adventure, Venturers must complete one half of the new
Ranger program. This means they will have to complete at
least four core requirements and at least two electives.
The Ranger Award is probably one of the most ambitious
facets of our new program. This very challenging high
adventure skills program will offer a beautiful recognition
piece that features an updated version of the BSA's 1940's
Ranger medal. It features an eagle superimposed over a
compass dial. It is sterling silver and is suspended from
a green and white ribbon which is suspended from a silver
bar that says, Ranger. In addition to the presentation medal,
Rangers will receive a silver bar the simply says Ranger to
wear on their field uniform.
Guidance for the program will be available from a new Ranger
Guidebook, which is presently being published and will have
approximately 200 and will have a new interesting binding and
special paper coating for outdoor durability. It is designed
as an individual Venturer handbook.
The requirements for Ranger have be painstakingly written,
and rewritten many times by high adventure Exploring volunteers
and experts in the fields represented in the guide.
Requirements for Ranger include:
Earn eight mandatory core requirements which include:
1. Standard First Aid plus When Help Is Delayed
4. Emergency Preparedness
5. Land Navigation
6. Leave No Trace
7. Wilderness Survival
8. And, Conservation which includes conservation project.
They must also complete at least four of eighteen electives. They
2. Cave exploring
3. Project COPE
4. Cycling/Mountain biking
5. First Aid
12. Outdoor Living History
13. Physical Fitness
14. Plants & Wildlife
16. Shooting Sports
18. Winter Sports
The Ranger was primarily designed for Venturers in a high adventure
program, but is open to all Venturers. Its purpose is to=85
Encourage all Venturers to acquire a high level of outdoor skills
- Recognize achievement of this high level of outdoor skills
- Provide a path for outdoor skills training.
- Establish highly trained Venturers who will be a training and
leadership resource for other scouts and Venturers.
- Help define Venturing.
The Ranger Program is designed to challenge Venturers in the wide
variety of interest available in the outdoor/high adventure setting.
Challenge is a key word. The kinds of things Rangers do are
Rangers are tough and can bear up under the most difficult
Rangers don't give up.
Hopefully, you can see they are trying to create a new breed in the
Senior scout types who are elite outdoorsmen who can assist others as
they learn to appreciate the outdoors. We believe the award will
take at least 18 months. The developing committee had a real
developing a program that would be attractive and attainable for a
14-year-old female Venturer with little background in outdoor skills
while also making it challenging for the skilled Venturer. We hope it
will be especially attractive to older Boy Scouts who have attained
rank or Eagle and are looking for something else to do or the older
Scout who has dropped out of Boy Scouting due to lack of interest.
The Ranger is also attractive to one of our partners who contributed
the early development stages of the program, the LDS church. This
program will be helpful as a program support tool for the new advisors
their Venturing crews. It should also be more attractive to other
sponsored crews. When we approach a minister about starting a crew in
church, oftentimes the question is, how will this improve my youth
Advancement and recognition can now be added to our response.
They hope that the introduction of this new advancement program will
in a clearer understanding of what Venturing is and will result in
crew programming, and better recruiting. All of this will lead to
a substantial growth.
They have attempted to squeeze a year's work into four months as they
developed the new literature to support councils as they role out
Venturing in September. Just because of manpower, time, and money,
they knew they couldn't get everything done for the National
Conference in late August so they prioritize what would be needed
Hope that helps.
Jim Miller, Sr.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: G. John Marmet [SMTP:GMarmet@AOL.COM]
> Sent: Sunday, June 07, 1998 7:08 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
> Subject: Air Scouts and Rangers
> Anyone notice the reference to Rangers in the posting recently about
> National Meeting. The reference was actually to a Ranger handbook.
> Is this
> some sort of way of reintroducing Rovers (the over 21 group) or is
> this the
> name of the high adventure Venturers, like, I presume, Sea Scouts is
> the name
> of this group of Venturers.
> And while we are at it, how does any of this affect the recent =
> of some
> volunteers to bring back genuine, honest to goodness Air Scouts?
> Yours in Scouting,
> G. John Marmet
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