Name changes, law suits etc.
Fri Feb 20 20:43:46 1998
First let me cast my vote for Sea Scouting. There is something in a name, and
Sea Scouting carries a long and distinguished history in the BSA plus it is
recognized world wide.
My 1966 edition of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language
includes Seascouting (Sea+Scouting) the branch of Scouting that trains older
boy scouts in boating and other water activities. Webster (10th ed) on the
other hand credits the term Sea Scout as a nonun dating from 1911 and then
defers to definition under Sea Explorer (1948) an Explorer in a scouting
program that teaches seamanship. Webster, on the opposite page defines a Sea
Rover as a pirate. Again I vote for Seascouting. (By the way I used to live
in Chicago, so I can vote twice in the same balloting).
BSA has for many years attempted to soften the affiliation of Exploring and
Boy Scouts in an attempt to attract more youth, i.e., those that would be
turned away by the thought of becoming a "boy scout", too cool to do that.
Much of what the Exploring program has become is a direct result of deliberate
marketing, for better or worse.
Rafi's rather blunt appraisal of the two professional organizations being
separate and distinct businesses with their own agenda and interest is right
on the money. As a long time student, practioner and teacher of
organizational dynamics, I know all too well that all organizations grow to a
certain degree of efficiency and then begin to feed and survive on themselves.
The mission becomes sustaining the organizational identity more than
accomplishing the original goal. I have seen this in operation even at
individual scout troop level. Tommy Tentpeg becomes important only because he
is one more name on the roster and will be there to insure the legacy of the
troop (usually the ego of the Scoutmaster of 20-30 years) continues.
In my opinion this is just a continuation of the argument of "who is in charge
- volunteer leaders or professional staff?" Remember that when we began just
a little over 88 years ago that there were no paid folks. It reminds me of
the Singapore Scout Association - and probably others. There is only one
Professional Executive - a retired headmaster, all others are volunteers.
Many differences between US and the rest of the world - not just in scouting.
For instance, we could talk about toilets if you'd like.
Just an after-thought, if there was money exchanged in the Chicago affair
Ihope it went from the Chicago Schools to BSA for services rendered.
Yours in Scouting
Skipper SE(?)S 758 or is VSS - (only the Shawdow knows)
p.s. 758 is the hull number of the USS Asheville (SSN758 - Los Angeles Class
Attack Sub now based in Hawaii)