All I have to say is Varsity Scouting is the step child of Scouting and Venturing Scouting is the new step children to Scouting. I quote:
Wait................WHAT? Because recognition (advancement isn't a part of the Venturing program) isn't being used as much as the BSA wants, the program is a failure and must be rediscovered??? OK, I may have missed something here. Recognition is third on the list of Aims of Venturing. And advancement isn't even on the list! Advancement is #4 for Scouts and Varsity Scouting on their list of Aims. Of course it isn't the primary focus of the program!!We've assessed our programs and changed them to make them more dynamic and useful to today's families. At the BSA, we use advancement and recognition as an indicator of the program quality in Journey to Excellence, so if the participants aren't engaging in the recognition program, we have to ask whether the program quality is as good as it could be.
So why all of a sudden is the program a failure because these are not utilized as well as they could per the way the program is written? Their article is even critical of something that isn't even a part of the aims of the program - advancement.
Scouting is going through some growing pains right now and changes. I am not a huge fan of most of them but some I am a HUGE fan of. I am not an old school Scouter but I don't get some of the thinking. Maybe this is because I am just some lame Varsity Coach who knows nothing except what my opinion is - as wrong as it might be. Varsity Scouting has been left to die on the vine (i.e. we haven't had a program adaption in years, no one uses Varsity Scouting besides the Mormons, the training is so out of date it isn't even funny and because the training is so out of date most don't get trained) and now Venturing is being changes because advancement isn't being used (and it shouldn't be per the aims). I just don't get it.
I know a lot of a really good and active Venturing leaders in my District and the neighboring District. I hear all they are doing and I see their kids. I see these Venturers at Wood Badge. I see their dedication. How can these programs be a failure in it's current form? No way. No how. No chance. Plain and simple. I fail to believe this.
So my assessment is that they are going to rewrite the recognition and "advancement" portion of the program and they are going to be utilized in the same way. I often ask potential Eagle Scouts if they don't earn Eagle will their time in the program be wasted. Their answer is no. And they are right.
As always, this is the way I see it. Feel free to tell me I am wrong below. You won't hurt my feelings.