[Don't Panic!] FW: Venturing List: Proposed Changes to Venturing
inferno_5000 at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 2 19:04:23 PDT 2012
Wait. They want to make the purpose of venturing...scouting? Doesn't that kinda defeat the purpose of having 2 individual programs?
> From: john at zantek.net
> To: crew at crew42.org
> Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 18:58:06 -0700
> Subject: [Don't Panic!] FW: Venturing List: Proposed Changes to Venturing
> Here's the best chance I've ever seen for people in the "field" to express
> their opinions about the Venturing Program...as it was originally
> envisioned, how it's being run today, and how it could be structured in the
> future. As the solicitation advises: Be constructive and respectful. If
> there's something you think needs a attention, you should explain why, and
> suggest a solution instead of simply tossing out a complaint.
> When you do send your input, identify yourself. That adds credibility,
> while anonymity does not. If you are a Venturer (youth), say so...since
> your voice can better be heard.
> I understand that the "411 at scouting.org" group is a very small group, but
> filled with some powerful players. The Chair of this Task Force is Charles
> Dahlquist, the previous LDS General Young Men's President.
> I have spoken with a few other adults on the Task Force, and they were
> unanimous in their support of the "One Oath" initiative where Cub Scouts,
> Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers would all use the same Oath, Law,
> Salute, and Sign. Their solution to the Venturing Uniform complaints is to
> put everyone in Boy Scout Khaki. Venturing would gain Ranks. The terms
> Venturer and Venturing Crew would be replaced with Venture Scout and Venture
> Crew or Patrol (independent units or Crews would only be necessary if there
> are girls, else it would only be a Patrol in a chartered Troop...which
> reduces annual rechartering paperwork. NYLT could return to Boy Scouts
> only, Kodiak would be Varsity and Venture Scouts only. Varsity Scouting,
> omnipresent in the West, but sparse in the Central, almost non-existent in
> the NE and Southern Regions, becomes a real wild-card because of Dahlquist.
> They will not make suggestions about OA elections in Crews.
> None of this is cast in stone yet, even the One Oath initiative. The latter
> was approved by the 10 officers of the National Council Executive Committee,
> and will be voted on by the full 100 members this winter. The One Oath
> initiative is presently supported by 4 Western Region's Area 1 (the PNW)
> appointed Venturing adult leaders.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: venturinglist at yahoogroups.com [mailto:venturinglist at yahoogroups.com]
> Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2012 1:01 PM
> To: venturinglist at yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Venturing List: Proposed Changes to Venturing
> Hello Venturers and Advisors -
> The BSA published an announcement yesterday that it is in the process of
> reviewing all of its programs, including Venturing, as called for by the BSA
> National Strategic Plan. One proposed change is the replacement of the
> Venturing Oath, Code, Salute, and Sign with the Boy Scout Oath, Law, Salute,
> and Sign. Also, a National Venturing Review Task Force has been formed to
> review the entire Venturing program (awards, program, membership, marketing,
> support, training, etc.).
> Venturers and Advisors are encouraged by provide comments and suggestions to
> the task force by sending a message to 411 at scouting.org. Do you like the
> Venturing awards program or do you want to see changes? Then say so! Don't
> like the uniform? Let them know! Have other ideas? This is your chance!
> *Please be constructive and respectful.* You might consider framing your
> input to the task force by answering the following questions:
> 1. What is the essence of Venturing?
> 2. What presently works well in Venturing that helps us serve youth?
> 3. What could be made better in Venturing to serve youth more
> 4. If you could keep one thing in Venturing--something you value
> above all else--what would it be?
> 5. If you could remove one aspect of Venturing--what would it be?
> To ensure your comments make their way to the task force, please include
> Venturing in the subject line.
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