Re: Why numbers
William H. Sills (email@example.com)
Sat, 08 Feb 1997 10:34:47 -0600
Sea Scouting is the same all around the world, we love the obsolete
art of yachting and we love our unit (Ship in the USA) names. The BSA of
the USA has gone to a computer system so all Sea Scout Ships are P5000
or higher. The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been
granted a charter and been incorporated by acts of the Congress of the
United States of America. The BSA is divided into Regions for
administrative and operating purposes.These are the following: Northeast
which is 1, Southern which is 2, Central which is 3 and Western which is
4. Regions are divided into Areas which are numbered 1, 2,3 & 4. These
purely administrative subdivisions have no names. The Boy Scouts of
America directly charters local councils which are the primary operating
units of the BSA. All local councils have names and are also numbered.
My local council is Sinnissippi. Its number is 626. Liocal councils are
divided into Districts and sometimes also have Exploring Divisions. All
districts have names and numbers, eg my District is Tomahawk and is
numbered 2. Exploring Divisions are really just districts exclusively
for Explorers. Councils with more than one district name them and those
with one simply call it Exploring District. These are also numbered
consecutively within each local council after the districts. Units are
all numbered. Only Sea Scout Ships are named. Units are divided into
Dens of Cub Scout Packs, Patrols of Boy Scout Troops, Squads of Varsity
Scout Teams, and Crews (traditionally boat crews) of Sea Scout Ships and
nothing any more for Explorer Posts. (When Explorer Posts were created
in the image of Sea Scout Ships during the depression, they had Crews
headed by Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders. These subdivisions
were discontinued along with their rank track to Explorer Silver Award
The BSA computer has my son entered as P 3 03 626 02 5001 029655.
P=Ship, 3=Central Region, o3=Area3, 626=Sinnissippi Council, 5001=Sea
Scout Ship Hathor (Lucal Council number 1), 029655=William H. Sills IV.
My son and I still have numbers but at least they are Roman <vbg>.
Theoretically, the BSA computer has everything and everyone in
their computer system. However, GIGO still rules.
The gist of the above is Sea Scouts around the world are
anachronistically devoted to sailing and similarly devoted to names
rather than dead, dried numbers!