Re: Venturing and OA
W. Scott Breckinridge Smith (email@example.com)
Fri Mar 06 07:55:14 1998
As a former OA Section Chief (not as an Explorer), I strongly dislike
Currently, Cub Scouts and Explorers, which are separate divisions from
the Boy Scouts, are not allowed to become members of the Order of the
Arrow (unless they are of proper age and have acheived the proper rank
in a Boy Scout troop).
I don't see any need to change the membership requirements for the
Order of the Arrow solely because of this change in Exploring.
It shuld be said that I am not one of those who detest any thought of
women being involved in the OA or Scouting. While I was Vigil Chairman
for my lodge, we inducted our lodge's second ever female Vigil. This
opened up the door for a number of qualified adult leaders to receive
this recognition. However, I see no real benefit in having youth
females involved in Order of the Arrow activities.
Just my opinion. Since I'm an adult now, I probably should stay out of
this, but there it is anyway.
Interesting point though, Alex. The great thing about the OA is that
if you get enough youth who want to do something, you can do it!
---Alex Chacko John Neroth wrote:
> Currently, First Class is one of the youth requirements for being
> for election into the Order of the Arrow (BSA's Honor Camping
> Female Explorers have never been able to earn 1st Class, so they could
> never join OA. What do y'all think of changing the requirement to
> Class Scout for Boy Scouts OR Ordinary Sea Scout for Sea Scouts OR
> [whatever will be the Explorer Scouting equivalent to Ordinary] for
> Explorer Scouts (i.e., Outdoor Venturers)"? Just a thought...
> Yours in Scouting,
> Alex C. J. Neroth
> E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
> URL: http://www.stanford.edu/~aneroth
W. Scott Smith, Consultant
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