Re: Ship Specialty Codes
K. Wickward (email@example.com)
Thu May 21 12:36:53 1998
Bruce, et al.,
My sponsor is fairly adamant that they want to fall under Learning for
Life given the discrimination issue. Our DE will give us a code for some
"career," but given your message it sounds like we would lose any
opportunity to participate in traditional scouting, even informally. Is
On Thu, 21 May 1998, Bruce C Johnson wrote:
> Fellow Sea Scouters:
> Last week there was a discussion about specialty codes and how they will
> effect registration and some other issues. I have not received the
> original memo but have spoken with my counterpart in the Northeast Region
> office and believe I understand what is going on. I won't give you all the
> whys and wherefores ... just what you need to do about it.
> As I believe everyone knows by now, Exploring will be splitting on
> August 1st into a new Venturing Division and Learning for Life Exploring.
> The Venturing program will continue to allow its members to be a part of
> mainstream Scouting and work on Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouting
> advancement. Learning for Life Exploring will be outside mainstream
> Scouting, and opportunities like advancement, etc. will not be available to
> its members.
> The Sea Exploring program will be changed into 'Sea Scouting' and will
> be moving to Venturing. Some of the specialty codes currently used by
> various types of Sea Explorer Ships and Posts will be discontinued, and
> those units will need to have their charters updated with new specialty
> codes. (Explanation: every Exploring unit is registered with a four-digit
> specialty code that identifies it as a particular type of specialty.
> Mailings and a variety of other issues [such as who gets credit for the
> unit] are dependent on getting the right specialty code assigned to the
> The specialty code for every Exploring unit is assigned at the local
> council and is input into BSA's registration system by the council
> registrar. Every council has been asked to review the Exploring special
> codes between now and August 1st to ensure that (a) they are correct, and
> (b) that codes that are being discontinued are replaced with codes that are
> being retained.
> Now here is the bottom line for everyone on the list. All of the Sea
> Exploring units that use any element of the Sea Exploring program (such as
> advancement or uniforms or an organized boating training program) MUST be
> registered as a '1208' unit. If, for example, you have an Explorer who
> would like to work towards Quartermaster, your unit must be a '1208' unit.
> Likewise, any Sea Exploring units that might be described as
> 'non-traditional' (such as Scuba or rowing or water skiing) should be
> registered as a '1204' unit.
> The following is my best understanding of who should go where:
> To be registered as '1208' units: 907, 913, 1200, 1204, 1207, 1208
> To be registered as '1204' units: 1206, 1339, 1639, 1640, 1646, 1645, 1650,
> Sea Exploring units that are not so registered will not be a part of our
> program, will not have the opportunities available to Sea Scouts and
> Venturers, and will not receive our mailings. Consequently, it is vitally
> important that you contact your council registrar and make absolutely sure
> that your Ship or Post is registered correctly. Please don't assume that
> it will be done by someone else. Do it yourself.
> Please also make sure that the word gets passed on this. A lot of our
> Sea Exploring colleagues are not on the internet and may not see this
> message. There are currently approximately 750 Sea Exploring units, and
> the chances are very good that, without prompt attention to this on our
> part, many of those units will be separated from the Sea Exploring program.
> My apologies in advance if I have gotten any of this wrong. Please feel
> free to ask questions.
> Bruce Johnson
> Commodore, Sea Exploring
> Northeast Region, BSA
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