Re: resistance to change
Christopher K. Sokolov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri Sep 11 00:28:52 1998
>All suggestions welcomed. Ship formed in June of this year. Everyone was
>sold on Sea Exploring. Ship decided on USCG type uniforms. And then came
>August. They still want to be called Sea Explorers, especially the girls!
>Girls are all former GS Mariners. None of the boys have scounting background.
>They're supposed to run the ship. What can I advise them? Mahalo a nui loa
>for your kokua. (Thanks a lot for your help.)
I definitely understand the concern here. When I polled youth at regattas
in the Western Region, it was clear that while "Sea Scouts" was a close
second, the name "Sea Exploring" was preferred by the members I spoke to.
However, I don't think Sea Explorers can or should be used in the future,
as that name has been reserved to the Exploring Division which is now part
of the Learning for Life Corporation.
One suggestion that I would have is to stress the ship name. This will
create a strong identity. To quote an old Manual, "Never forget that the
Ship is the thing, the group to whom you owe your first loyalty." The crew
members need to become a close-knit team in order to grow into what should
be the true first loyalty - the ideals of the Scouting movement.
Otherwise, I would simply explain to the youth what the "Scouts" in our
name stands for - the values, the ideals, the responsibilities. This is
DEFINITELY "dorky" material but if you actually believe it, the youth will
respect and learn something in the long run.
After the first generation in the ship grows up/goes away, it will no
longer be an issue since that will simply be the name of the organization
and it will not be an issue of change.
PS: There is nothing wrong with a USCG uniform, if the patches are worn
Christopher K. Sokolov, Quartermaster
Western Region Area III Boatswain, Sea Scouts, B.S.A.