Re: What's a Squadron Commodore
Bruce Chr. Johnson (email@example.com)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 22:02:29 -0700
OK, boys. That about does it.
The term "squadron" comes from official Sea Scouting literature of the
30s and 40s. It, along with a number of other naval sounding terms,
were discontinued in 1948 when all Sea Scouting terminology was
regularized with the rest of the Exploring program. Thankfully most of
the damage done in 1948 was un-done within a couple of years. The use
of "squadron," "flotilla," "task force," and "fleet," however, never was
The term "squadron" was always used to mean "council." "Task force"
was always used to mean an organizational unit above council but below
Area or Region. "Flotilla" was used at various times to mean either
"Area" or "Region," while "fleet" was used at various times to mean
either "Region" or "National."
Some areas still use the term "squadron." I learned to use it when I
was Council Commodore of the Northeast Illinois Council in what was then
East Central Region (i.e. _not_ East Coast). The sense I have is that
the term "squadron" is gradually being used more and more around the
country. The other terms mentioned above have not seen the same
acceptance, in part because they were used variously over the years.
Seascout-Net has discussed this topic to death in the past. There are
probably about 5 of us on the list who even care. I'm sure most of us
understood that Gordon was enjoying some gentle humor. Unfortunately
I've found that humor often doesn't travel well over the 'net. (I've
met Gordon ... a TERRIFIC Skipper ... and can "hear" him saying what he
wrote.) Let's all be careful when using it ... and also be careful not
to over-react when it's being used a little carelessly.
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