Re: APO & Scouting in College
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 17 Jun 1991 13:09:37 EDT
There are other options for college bound scouters that are also OA
members to remain as active in scouting as they desire. At the last
NOAC, the OA introduced a program called ASK. (Arrowmen Sharing Knowledge)
Granted all scouts in college are not OA members, but neither are
all members of APO former scouts, and/or OA. I am not sure that
APO should be "required" to paricipate in scouting functions. Last
time I questioned on the list wether or not APO was even a chartered
"SCOUT" organization, there were various answers. But, it seems that
there is much variety between chapters, just like between scout troops.
There are troops that never go to a council function like a camporee,
and never go to council summer camp! But they are still a BSA troop.
Anyway, the ASK program, was designed to allow a scout in college to
"register" with the local OA chapter, and participate in local OA
conclaves, help staff camporees, judge events, etc. The ASK program
recongized the limited time of a college student for scouting, but
still provides the "opportunity", to stay envolved with scouting.
As Dave Gates pointed out, APO at the State Univ of NY at Buffalo,
has been active in, and supportive of council and district functions,
as well APO "get togethers" at various locations. The APO has been
at more camporees than some troops! (I won't metion any specific
troop numbers, or self proclaimed "nick names") There is plenty of
variety in scouting, and I would hope that everone can find a way
to fit into a part of the program someplace, and make a positive
contribution. If an APO member wants more "scouting", and has the
time, there are options like the ASK, program and posibly, even an
Explorer program. I was active in exploring, through college, and
we set up canoe TREKs each summer, either in Canada, or the NY Adirondac
areas. What ever works best for you!
still scouting, since '57
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City