Re: What's in a name! VOTE!
David Minasian (email@example.com)
Mon Feb 16 21:55:49 1998
Of everyone on the list you are certainly the most outspoken and I want
to tell you how much I appreciate your comments. You provide so much
food for thought.
There are others who share your negative views on the Exploring/Sea
Scout relationship and I understand that the reason must be due to the
fact that those units have preserved the traditional Sea Scout format.
It certainly makes sense. Distinct identity should go along with a
distinctly different program.
I guess my question would be, why can't this be dome within the
structure of Exploring, or what might become Venturing? (ugh! but that's
a different issue) Many Exploring programs such as law enforcement,
medical, culinary, aviation, etc are distinctly different. If they all
insisted on the type distinct separation that seems to be brewing among
Sea Scouters this could be an administrative nightmare for BSA and Local
Our experience (SES 104) seems to be quite different from yours and
others I have read about. We recruit fundamentally on the principle
purpose of Exploring, looking into career options. We encourage multiple
regustrations in other Posts in order to expand the career options for
our members and I am very active on the Council level in Exploring. We
receive tremendous (albeit non-financial) support from our Council and
Executive Board. I would hate to see a return of the combative emnity
that existed between Sea Scout Ships and Councils in prior years.
Regarding the "Ugh" statement above, this will be a monumental PAIN. We
have spent a fortune promoting "Exploring" in our community. Everything
from letterheads, videos, posters, uniforms, you name it will be
obsolete. If BSA wanted to create a new program, and I hope this will be
with good reason, why not make the new program Venturing.
Yours in Sea Scouting [ ], Sea Exploring [ ] Exploring [ ], Venturing [
] Check one!
Davit T. Minasian
Passaic Valley Council