Re: oa national rule changes
Fri, 22 Nov 1991 13:59:00 EDT
I hate to differ with you, but Explorers that are "dual registered as
Scouts" DO and in many cases EXCEED the OA camping and rank advancement
requirements....in MOST COUNCILS and in MOST CASES. Yes, your comment
about OA being a HONOR and not a AWARD is true, and I wholeheartely agree.
However, to exclude a significant number of males as well as females from
becoming members....at the same time, elect female adults and males from
Cub Scouting and Exploring units......it just don't jive!
This goes back to my example on why I feel women have a place as Scoutmasters
in the BSA....if a woman can appoint me as Scoutmaster (chartered organization
represenative), tell me what my troop can and cannot do (troop committee and
chair), train me (as part of the district's training team), coach me (as a
unit or Assistant District Commissioner), help me with the paperwork to keep
the program going (my District Executive and Associate), and plan, organize
and conduct a super camporee for my Scouts to go to (as a member of the District
Committee)....then its only right that she gets to serve as Scoutmaster to
take those kids to and coach the kids!
Same with OA...if we are allowing female adult members of all of our programs
to undertake the Ordeal if they meet the camping requirement and if the OA
"wants them" (silly...adults are "appointed" by the Order now...what happened
with the non-OA members at the unit or District level electing them as a honor?
The camping committee did that in OKHC and TAC and Black Beaver Councils!!)--
then why don't we take male Explorers (that have earned the Scouts's First
Class Badge or have earned the Exploring Acheivement Award) and female Explorers
that have earned the Exploring Achivement Award (90% equal to Eagle in Scouti
ng)AND that have met the camping requirements (including the week @ summer ca
to become members????
I betcha, Joe, that we will see a marked increase in the number of Exploring
units using summer camp....that we will see Exploring units take part
in fall and spring camporees (NOT AS COMPETITORS...as CAMPERS and STAFFERS...
and not just the standard "first aid/emergency/EMS posts or the Scouting
service or the "outdoor adventure" posts, either!)...and we will see the
Scouting program die at the vines because
"I ain't givin' my money to them Boy Scouts no more...they let women in that
OA, the last bastion of male domination!!"
Face it...the policy was clearly written to keep out female youth Explorers.
At the same time, they shot themselves in the feet by excluding male youth
Explorers. Lodges will see lower numbers for Ordeals because their pool of
where they will be getting them from will be a LOT smaller.
former Camping Committee Co-Chair,
(Black Beaver Council, Lawton OK)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City