Re: College Arrowmen/explorers (Alpha Phi Omega option)
Amick Robert (amick@spot.Colorado.EDU)
Thu, 17 Apr 1997 10:57:51 -0600 (MDT)
One of the best opportunities for OA members and Explorers, et al, going
to college is to join an Alpha Phi Omega Chapter.
For those who are not aware, APO was founded on
the principles of Scouting in 1925 and up until only a few decades ago,
all members had to have been Scouts to join. More recently the Scouting
membership requirement has been dropped and the organization is now open
to male and female membership. Unlike social fraternities, APO is a
service fraternity, is not allowed to maintain houses, and concentrates
primarily on service to the campus, community, youth and Scouting. Our
chapter, Gamma Theta, at the University of Colorado also sponsors an
Explorer Post for members to belong to, and participates heavily in
Scouting events, such as staffing Klondike Derby, running a merit badge
university each semester, and Scout show. They also have a summer camp
work project they do in cooperation with the OA lodge on upgrading the
campfire arena and the family camp area.
APO is also the official college organization for Eagle Scouts. An
agreement was struck between NESA and APO to encourage Eagle Scouts to
join APO chapters to continue their service while attending college.
The NESA "Eagleletter" publishes a coupon for Eagles interested in joining
APO to have their names forwarded to the APO chapter at their school.
APO has over 600 chapters on college campuses throughout the country and
is also international with many chapters in the Phillipines, and more
recently chapters are being formed in Canada, Great Britain, Australia
with more to follow.
You will find that some of the finest students on campus from all
different interests and career paths will be in APO. It is a tremendous
opportunity to meet many other outstanding folks such as yourselves, and
to join your efforts with others who bring many talents, skills, and
interests to a remarkably diverse and creative organization. It will
literally and positively change your life and your horizons in ways you
would never have anticipated through the cardinal principles of
leadership, friendship and service.
Check with your college or University to see if there
is one where you plan to attend; if not, consider starting a chapter.
You may contact the national office in Independence Missouri for
APO has National Conventions during Christmas Break every other year, and
the next one will be in December 1998, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.
APO also has a national web page with links to many local chapter web
pages and e-mail lists; and an e-mail discussion group APO-L, so check it
out on your web browser under Alpha Phi Omega.
Bob Amick, Advisory Board Chair, Gamma Theta Chapter, APO, University of
Colorado at Boulder; Kola Lodge 464
On Wed, 16 Apr 1997, JAKE DULLE wrote:
> As I find myself approaching college and a big move 1000 miles away from
> my local council, I was wondering: How should I go about moving?
> Staying in my local lodge isn't important; in fact, I'd like to join a
> new lodge for the experience. I have heard of college scouter reserve,
> but few have the details especially with its relation to the OA. But
> what makes its program better or worse than walking in the local council
> near my university and transferring as a Scout and an Arrowman? And can
> I begin to transfer now so I don't have to worry about it during my
> first few busy months at school?
> This is quite a trying time for us as we make big moves. Those of us
> collegebound want a smooth transition. Can anyone help us stay active
> in college?