Re: Explorers Age Requirment
Bob Amick (amick@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 4 Aug 1998 18:57:38 -0500
>Scott Payne wrote:
>> What is the age requirement for Explorers.
>> I have heard 14, 14 & completed 8th grade and 15.
>> Which is correct?
Barry Griffin wrote:
>What Explorers? There are no Explorers, But there are Venturers!
>As of the first of this month.
Exploring continues to exist as part of "learning for life"
and will serve the existing "career interest" posts such as
law enforcement, medical, engineering, science, etc.
As of this year, Exploring had about 400,000 members. Outdoor/
high adventure, Sea Exploring (now Sea Scouts) youth ministry,
and hobbies, etc., had about 120,000 members. These folks will
all go to Venturing which is the newly created "young adult division"
that will remain as an official part of BSA. Many of the Exploring
traditions and goals remain fully in Venturing.(e.g., coed membership,
experience areas) Also, the Explorer forest green shirts will now
be worn by Venturers with green
shoulder loops; however the shirt label will be changed from
"Exploring BSA to Venturing BSA" and Venturing labels will be
available for those who already have Exploring
shirts to make the change.
So in effect, there are still about 270,000 Explorers who will
remain, but under the Learning for Life program (which is
a separate, but wholly-owned subsidiary corporation of BSA). Of
this total, the largest career interest specialty of law enforcement
has about 45,000 members. The balance are distributed among
fire science, emergency management, health and medical careers,
science and engineering, law and government, etc.
As far as local council support for both programs is concerned,
for the immediate future, Exploring and Venturing will probably
be serviced and operated virtually the same as it was when it
was under the Exploring Division (i.e., by Exploring/Venturing
Executives and Volunteer Exploring/Venturing Committees and Service Teams)
The logistics and cost involved in establishing separate professionals
and volunteer committees to administer both programs is out of
reach for most Councils, at least for the immediate future.
Had the litigation not occurred, the outdoor/high adventure specialty part
program would have remained in Exploring. The awards program
of Bronze, Gold, Silver, and Ranger awards were part of a restoration of the
programs available to Exploring in the late 40's until they were
discontinued in the early sixties. This restoration has been in
process for almost three years, and would have probably been rolled
out officially in about another one or two years. In fact, the new awards
similar both in appearance and requirements to the Exploring awards of that
The new awards requirements have been modified to meet contemporary needs and
opportunities of today's youth.
There seems to be a trend of "disparagement" of the Exploring Program
by some, which is unfortunate. It is highly likely that Explorers and
Venturers will continue to participate in joint programs and events just
as they always have at least at the Council level, because there is
considerable "cross-interest" and networking between offerings and activities
of the various groups. Units with dual programs such as Scout troops and
Posts will most likely continue to operate as Scout troops and Venturing
Scout troops with existing venturing patrols may wish to charter a Venturing
crew to take advantage of the added program and advancement opportunities and
And, to answer the initial question of this posting, the current official
language of eligibility for membership in Venturing continues to
be the same as it was for Explorers, which is "14 and completed the 8th grade
or 15 regardless of grade and not older than age 20."
Bob Amick, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72/SES 72
(stb Venture Crew 72). Longs Peak Council Exploring Training Chair;
member, Alpha Phi Omega National Scouting and Youth Services Committee
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