Re: The thing that's on everyone's mind
Wed Feb 18 20:14:01 1998
For whatever it's worth, the "Sea Scout BSA" pocket strips have outsold the
"Sea Explorer BSA" strips by about four to one since we started offering them.
The Sea Scout bumper stickers have outsold the Sea Explorer bumper stickers
(with the fat E on them) by about seven to one over the last four years. This
is what looking at the Ship's Stores books tells me (I just finished looking
it up to see what people had done in the past).
Personally, I believe that the Boy Scouts of America blew off the single
most valuable public-recognition asset we had when they did away with the term
Sea Scout in favor of the term Sea Explorer. Look them up in a dictionary and
see which one you find. Further, I know that every time an unbidden donation
of boats, money or equipment has come my ship's way the people doing the
giving always talk to me about Sea Scouts, not Sea Explorers. It is a term
that they, the donors, understand.
The answer my ship has always given to those who think that Sea Scouts
aren't cool or whatever, is to invite them to follow us around for a day. It
works. Very few teenagers will not accept a properly presented challange and,
having done so, most of them find that our program is very cool.
Those who think that they need to get away from the term 'Scouts" to show
that this is a program for older youth, I would remind that this is the logic
(or lack thererof) that gave us the fat E and Explorers that had no idea that
they were a part of the BSA and were supposed to stand up for the principles
of the Scout Oath and Law. If that is what you want, then by all means, be
Explorers or Venturers or whatever, but it is exactly what has led us to the
state we are in today.
We have a chance to correct 30 or 40 years of wrong guesses and agrandized
personal agendas. Let us think through carefully what is going on. Let us
not blow it. The future of our program depends on it.