Re: More on Alpha Phi Omega
(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 14 Jun 1991 11:32:00 EDT
As a fellow APO member, please allow me to air my brief concern and the
path APO is taking to solve it.
As Scott mentioned, APO is *not* limited to former Scouts or Explorers any
more. THis has raised concerns on many colleges and universities as to the
true intent of this service organization. Many APO chapters are nothing more
than a social fraternity cloked as a service fraternity. Many APO chapters
do NOT want to do Scouting related work because they see that as "not the
purpose of the organziation any more" and concentrates on other youth projects
(or not at all) to the disappointment of the the Scouting program. Finally,
many pledges in APO chapters get disappointed when their Scouting or Exploring
activity comes to a dead halt because of their chapter affiation (if you are
doing a chapter project, you don't have time for the OA event or the camporee or
As a result, many Councils are not even assigning "staff members" to serve as
Scouting advisors to local chapters, or even listening to local APO leaders
when *they* approach the local Council with requests to give service and
leadership to a Scouting event. This is the case with the three APO chapters
in eastern kentucky (@ UK, Morehead State and Northern Kentucky) and why EKU
will *never* have a chapter established.
To try and solve this, the APO National Board re-established its ties to the
BSA in a series of meetings on the BSA regional and National level. That support
has been given verablly and supposed to be in writing by the time of the APO'
next National Convention. In the meantime, the APO leadership has made "ties
with Scouting" one of its emphasis for the next five years, to recapture what
they lost in the 70s and 80s. APO Regions are asked to develop committees made
up of Scouting professional and volunteers and APO members to address how Scouti
ng and APO should work together.
It does not help to have current successful collegiate Scouter Explorer Posts
(like here @ EKU, or Notre Dame or @ UC-Santa Cruz) working and making the
idea of a "fraternity" an old idea.
APO *does* work, Judith and by all means go and make coordination. But I do brin
g this up as Scott is aware, because not *all* APO chapters want or are willi
to work with Scouting as a ongoing project.
(and for those wanting information on college Scouting Exploring, send me
a private posting and I
l'll tell you how it works!)
Settummanque! (in LFS),
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City