Message from the National Commodore
Bruce C Johnson (email@example.com)
Wed Feb 18 07:07:24 1998
Fellow Sea Scouters:
The following is an version of a message from Capt Jim Umberger, USCG
(ret.), our National Commodore, to the National Sea Exploring Committee
dated yesterday. While he wrote the message specifically for the National
Committee, I asked him (and he agreed) that we release relevant portions to
the general Sea Exploring community. Captain Umberger provided me with
editing instructions which hopefully I have done correctly. Any errors or
misconceptions arising from this is solely my fault.
Commodore, Northeast Region, BSA
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 18:14:06 EST
To: Members of the National Sea ..(?).. Committee
From: Capt. Jim Umberger, USCG (ret.), Commodore, Sea Scouts, BSA
Subj: Conversation with National this date
National advises that, technically, nothing changes until 1 August. Now we
all know that can't be 100% accurate, as change must evolve over time. As
Bruce points out, BSA "have removed the photo about Exploring on their home
page, as well as the link to the page specifically about Exploring." So,
things are marching along. However, all previously scheduled "Exploring"
events intended to take place up through 1 August will still take place as
Meanwhile, BSA HQ is still taking stock of what changes have to be made to
put all outdoor related "senior scouting" (my words) into a pot called
"Venturing." It seems that they expect the least problem with our program,
simply because we're up and running already.
At present, the future of the HQ organization looks like four major
divisions or directorates: CUB SCOUTS, BOY SCOUTS, VENTURING, and LEARNING
FOR LIFE. The first three will retain the traditional core values of
scouting, including all present requirements for leadership and membership.
That's where we are and that's where we're staying. The word Exploring may
stay around - but only in the context of Learing for Life or Career
Awareness. We will not be called Explorers.
[Several paragraphs followed with specific directives to members of the
National Committee on actions they are to take.]
As far as anything else is concerned, let's not get antsy. We're already
up to speed - so let's show them how it's done. That old wheel is ok - a
new one doesn't need inventing. LET'S JUST ASSUME WE ARE ALREADY AHEAD OF
THE PACK and LEAD BY EXAMPLE.