Re: What's in a name! VOTE!
William H. Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue Feb 17 11:31:37 1998
Traditional Sea Scouting was created by Robert Baden Powell. It was to be a
separate, distinctive HALF of the Boy Scout Association. Traditional Sea Scout
Ships in the USA still operate in that manner. We are really not a specialty or
cluster of the Exploring Division but a separate organization, administered by the
Exploring Division. The problem has been the glossing over of the promises made to
us by well meaning Explorer staff and volunteers. They tried to drop all of our
distinct items, terminology, awards, literature, knots, insignia, etc. Mostly, that
emanated from benign neglect. EEs were not trained in Sea Scouting. Local councils
began to charter ships that were really sea going Explorer posts. These probably
should have been chartered as Sailing Posts. Those amorphous units felt much of our
program was silly. They wouldn't use our advancement, they wouldn't wear our
uniforms, they often didn't even use our terms and titles. Their program bore
little relationship to Sea Scouting. We were losing our identity through the
massive weight of the Exploring Division.
Anyway, EXPLORING is gone. That is the CAW Division of LFL. That has been
decided and that's that. There is no point even talking about it now!
Your thoughtful posting reveals the above problem. You indicate that
"If they all insisted on the type distict separation that seems to be brewing among
Sea Scouters..." We were promised that if we (and our trusts, bequests, and other
cash <VBG>) joined the Exploring Division we would remain Sea Scouts. That was not
the case. Unlike every other program in Exploring, we were never Explorers. That is
the crux of the problem. In may parts of the world, Sea Scouts have the equivalent
of packs, troops, ships and Rover Crews. Again, we are half of the original
Scouting movement. We are not and never were part of Exploring. That is apparently
unknown to many Explorers. However, perhaps that will help you understand why we
are so ecstatic. Here you are, a Skipper, and you thought that we were just another
Explorer specialty! That's what 50 years of benign ? neglect has done to us and
that's why we are alone in being so wildly gleeful.
I have supported Exploring for years as chairman here. I managed to help
the program grow in my local council. However, I never lost sight of the fact that
I was administering two separate and distinct programs: Exploring and Sea Scouting.
Now, nearly alone of all local councils, we have only to put High Adventure Posts
in my squadron for administrative purposes (the worm turns <G>) and let LFL have
the others. I understand the agony of local councils with no Squadron structure but
that's the way it is.
I hope that this helps you understand the rationale for the disparate emotions
accompanying the change.