Re: OA Eligability Change
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Tue, 14 Apr 1992 19:49:00 EDT
I was being interviewed for our campus newspaper and she could not wait...
my apologies for the interruption!
In the earlier posting, I mentioned the two other points for my disagreement
with the policy to stop allowing Exploring leaders and Explorers from becoming
candidates for the Order of the Arrow....I mentioned that the demographics
in Exploring (heavily female now as opposed to then (then being the 70s
and early 80s) and the fact that Explorers have the Explorer Code to
suscribe to and Scout Troops have the Scout Oath....
The third point is this: There has always been problems with Exploring and
Scouting, and I feel that this was one way to completely exclude youth
females from the program....I can list for you if you like ( but you can
get it from Mr. Downs or Alice at the national offices...) the names of
several "indian lore" Explorer posts that exist as ceremonial teams for
local lodges. I can also cite several Councils that have on their books
a "outdoor camp" Explorer Post which is composed of present and past camp
staff members...(great for advancement!!). Both of those units have
female members and both would have had female Arrowmen if the national OA
committee did not pass this policy.....
Mind you, Sean, some things maybe *could* be male-dominated. The Order
is a recognition given to outstanding CAMPERS...not to outstanding SCOUTS.
The Order is NOT a club (at least, that is what I was raised to believe...)
whereby the leadership dictates to the membership how things will be....
the Order is supposed to promote Scout camping and the entire outdoor
experience...what better way to promote it by having equal representation
youth and adult in the very organization which is set up to do so???
No, my Chief, I feel that the OA committee passed this resoultion (which
is now 99.5% sure of passing at the national meeting next month!) for the
sole reason because they feared that the OA would become like the Exploring
program is nationally...heavily female in membership and in leadership, and
wanted to keep the Order male....if so, then the OA should have went on
the record and said so.
I have many, many female Explorer friends whom would make great candidates
for the Order....they will now have to skirt (please pardon the pun....)
the issue and register as a adult Scouter in a unit to get this honor
eventually.....it would not mean the same as their attainment as youth members
would (beleive me....remember when you and I "saw the Arrow"?? It just don't
go over as an adult...). Making an separate honor for Explorers (as a friend
of mine on the west coast is proposing...) is not the answer either....
The Order exists only as part of the Council's camping and outdoor program.
It is truly an honor to belong to.
If you are male.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City