oa national rule changes
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 18 Nov 1991 17:19:56 CST
Some weeks ago, you'all were discussing the OA rules and elections etc.
I stated then that there was a change in policy on that. I have faxed Don
Izard a copy of the NATIONAL letter issued in July 1991 about these
changes, which indeed supercede your OA books rules. The VALID dope is as
follows if you still need it. I apologize, I just forgot to bring it to
YOUTH CANDIDATE ELECTIONS TO BE HELD IN BOY SCOUT UNITS ONLY
BACKGROUND: The national committee has been requested to review the unit
election policy, intent, and application.
The intent of unit elections is to provide candidates for membership
focused on the selection of Scouts who are members of Boy Scout troops and
in recognition of Boy Scout camping experience.
Criteria for candidate selection is focused on individual conduct based on
acceptance of the Scout Oath and Law, achievement of specific Boy Scout
rank and skill demonstration in Boy Scout camping.
In the past, courtesy elections were permitted to be conducted in Explorer
posts for former members of Boy Scout troops who had fulfilled, the
specified membership candidate eligibility requirements stated in the Order
of the Arrow literature published by the Boy Scouts of America.
After review and full consideration, the national committee has taken action
to authorize Order of the Arrow elections for youth candidates to be
conducted in Boy Scout troops and teams only.
The above action is based on the following:
The Explorer program does not incorporate the Scout Oath and Law as part of
it's program delivery method.
Order of the arrow ceremonial content is based on the precepts of the Boy
Scout Oath and Law, it's understanding, and interpretation for living.
Boy Scout rank advancement is not part of the Explorer program and as such
may not be available to members of an Explorer post.
Explorer outdoor experiences may or may not adhere to Boy Scout troop type
camping concepts based on individual program.
The overwhelming majority of youth membership candidates come from
elections held in Boy Scout program units.
ORDER OF THE ARROW YOUTH MEMBERSHIP CANDIDATE ELECTION POLICY
Order of the Arrow youth membership candidate elections will be authorized
to be conducted in Boy Scouttroops/Varsity teams at the discretion of the
Lodge and underthe direction of Arrowmen serving as members of a Lodge
"Unit Election Team".
Procedures for conducting unit elections, as stated in current publications
of the Order of the Arrow, are to be followed.
The primary focus for the Order of the Arrow unit election process is to be
on qualified members of Boy Scout troops/Varsity teams.
All persons under the age of 21 who meet the membership requirements, as
set forth in CURRENT Order of the Aroow publications, shall be eligible for
election and all persons under the age of 21 registered in any
troop/varsity team capacity shall have voting priviledges in the unit
Qualifying cmaping experience is to be conducted in accordance with
established Boy Scout standards for troops.
Eligibility qualification for youth candidate election shall be based on
current registration in a Boy Scout troop/Varsity team of the Boy Scouts of
America, achievement of the Boy Scout first class rank, completion of
camping experience as stated in th current printing of official
publications of the Order of th Arrow, and Scoutmaster approval is
Persons who do meet eligibility qualification standards shall not be
considered for election, nor elected.
Cub Scout camping experience isnot to be credited toward fulfillment of the
camping requirement qualification of candidats for membership election.
(Action date 7/15/91)
The above policy will be reflected in all future printings and revisions of
Order of the Arrow literature and IS NOW IN EFFECT.
Hope this helps you all.
Chicago Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City