Re: oa elections
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Mon, 29 Jun 1992 13:43:21 EDT
On Mon, 29 Jun 1992 13:36:33 EDT <wjeuerle@ATHENA.MIT.EDU> said:
>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)
For the record, and in response to another post: Our lodge does not
allow any elections to be held at Summer Camp. Note that we call out
and conduct the ordeal in each of the summer camp weeks. Also,
not every boy will attend the summer camp and election at a troop
meeting is likely to represent more scouts.
>>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.
After the election is held the Scoutmaster has no further input!
The SM must take responsibility to certify only those who meet the
camping and scout spirit requirements (lives by scout law/oath)
BEFORE the election is held. Once these names are certified, it is
the responsibility of the OA election team (possibly from your own
troop) to make sure that everyone knows that it shouldn't ba a popularity
contest. Following the guideline in the older handbook, or the
newer officer and advisor handbook is the best way to ensure this.
>As you can probably tell, we don't get an official lodge election team
>to conduct our election for us.
Get a copy of the Handbook for Officers and Advisors (No. 4999 c. 1990,
$1.50 from National Supply) and follow the election script on pp 45-48.
Steve Myers, SM Troop 1, Marnoc Lodge #151, WWW
>Troop 7, Foxboro
>Old Colony Council, BSA
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