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respect, and then sometimes they go too far: “Make sure you give her a chair because she doesn’t want to sit on a stool.” That’s not true. We just ask to be treated equally.

OFTENTIMES, KIDS IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY COME FROM SINGLE-PARENT FAMILIES. IS THAT THE CASE WITH YOUR SCOUTS? Out of 27, I think I have four who live with their natural fathers. I have three who live with stepfathers. The rest don’t have a father in the home at all.

HOW DO YOU HELP THESE SCOUTS FIND MALE ROLE MODELS? I have three men as my assistant Scoutmasters. They go with me everywhere. I call them the Three Stooges. They’re older gentle- men, though; I cannot find 30- to 40-year-old men.

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT OUTCOME OF SCOUTING TO YOU? You want to develop young men. Men are the cornerstones of our families, the pillars of our communities. As a woman, you want your daughter to have somebody to marry, somebody to be with as she develops. To watch these boys turn into young men with values is the most touching thing. We need to instill that in our young men.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW SCOUT LEADER? Just remember that they are kids, but they’re develop- ing into young men. Give them room to be children, but be there to nurture them and care for them as they grow. They’re going to make you angry at times, but in the end it’s all worth it. It’s definitely all worth it. ¿

Testing Outdoor Expertise How your Venturers can earn the Ranger Award.

NOTHING ATTRACTS YOUNG people to Venturing as much as the outdoors and high adventure, and nothing dem- onstrates a Venturer’s outdoor expertise as much as the Ranger Award. Venturers who earn this challenging award spend a year or more learn- ing, practicing, and teaching skills in different areas.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE RANGER AWARD? The award encourages Venturers to learn outdoor skills, to provide a path for outdoor/high-adven- ture skills training, and to establish Venturers as a leader- ship resource for their crews as well as for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the community.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD? A Venturer must complete eight core requirements: First Aid, Wilderness Survival, Emergency Preparedness, Communications, Leave No Trace, Cooking, Land Navigation, and Conservation. He or she must also complete four of these 18 electives: Backpacking, Cave Exploring, Cycling/Mountain Biking,

Ecology, Equestrian, First Aid, Fishing, Hunting, Lifesaver, Mountaineering, Outdoor Living History, Physical Fitness, Plants and Wildlife, Project COPE, Scuba, Shooting Sports, Watercraft, and Winter Sports.


WHERE CAN I FIND COMPLETE REQUIREMENTS? See the Venturer/Ranger Handbook (No. 33494).

HOW DOES THE RANGER AWARD DIFFER FROM THE OUTDOOR BRONZE AWARD? For the Outdoor Bronze Award, a Venturer must com- plete four core requirements and two electives. By earning that award, he or she is halfway to the Ranger Award.

CAN WORK DONE PRIOR TO VENTURING COUNT TOWARD THE RANGER AWARD? Yes, but only in the case of certi- fications (BSA Lifeguard, for example) that are still valid.


work on their own, with other Venturers, or as a crew.

HOW DO WE OVERCOME A LACK OF EXPERTISE ON CERTAIN TOPICS? Venturers can work with outside con- sultants to complete these requirements. The Advisor must approve the consultants.

SOME OF THE CORE AND ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS SEEM TO OVERLAP. CAN VENTURERS GET DOUBLE CREDIT? Yes. The only excep- tion is the tabletop display or presentation. See the Venturer/Ranger Handbook for details.

WHAT RECOGNITION ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE? The Ranger Award (available at your Scout Shop) is a sterling-silver medal featuring a powder horn superimposed over a compass dial. Also available are a campaign-style ribbon bar, a certificate (No. 33663), and a pocket certificate (No. 33646). Scouting historians may recognize that the award is similar in design (and requirements) to the Ranger program of the 1940s. ¿


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