Re: oa elections
Mon, 29 Jun 1992 13:36:33 EDT
First of all, I might as well explain how elections are done in my
lodge. (Tisquantum Lodge #164, Old Colony Council -- in SE
Massachusetts) Traditionally, elections in our lodge are held at our
council summer camps. Never having actually stayed at our council for
long term summer camp (our troop goes out-of-council for summer camp)
I am not sure how they actually perform elections at camp. Because of
this, out unit also holds elections at long-term. (This may actually
be required by lodge by-law, I'm not sure)
>You stated that "As for who is nominated, my policy has been to
>nominate all First Class or better...."
According to the election procedures given to each unit that is not
going to be at council camp, the scoutmaster has veto power over any
scout that was elected. (or can simply not allow them to be placed on
the election ballot) This is included, I assume, to allow the
scoutmaster to veto anyone who was elected in a popularity contest.
As far as elections at summer camp for my troop, generally this has
not been a problem. Our participation at summer camp is fairly high,
with only the less active scouts not present. (I would prefer that
everyone be there, though) The only time that we shifted a bit from
this was two summers ago when the older scouts went to Philmont, and
most did not go to our usual summer camp. In this case, we held an
election with 2 different balloting times. It certainly isn't
perfect, but did allow most people to vote.
As you can probably tell, we don't get an official lodge election team
to conduct our election for us.
Troop 7, Foxboro
Old Colony Council, BSA
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