Order of the Arrow
TOM BENNETT (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Wed, 16 Sep 1992 09:55:34 EDT
My son and I went through the Order of the Arrow Ordeal for
Chippewa Lodge (#29) WWW this past weekend and I have a couple
of comments/questions. I'll try not to give away any of the
First, the ceremonies team did a great job. Very impressive
and I know that they hit home with most of the candidates.
I was told that they were not allowed to wear "paint" because
some Indians objected to it. I could understand this if the
Amerindian traditions were being used frivolously, but when
the traditional ceremonies are being research thoroughly and
used in serious ways, I would think that this shows a great deal
of respect for the native cultures.
But there did seem to be too much emphasis of secrecy. Like the
song. The only reason to keep it secret (IMHO) is to protect the
identy of whoever wrote it. And the Admonition - comparing notes
later revealed that most of us candidates couldn't understand what
One thing that bothered me a great deal was the number of very young
boys who were inducted. As I understand it, the only formal requirement
for election is to be First Class. With the new advancement requirements,
it is quite possible for an eleven year old to be First Class. While
there are probably some boys who are quite mature at eleven, most of
those at this conclave did not demonstrate it. I had to wonder what
their troops were thinking about when these boys were elected.
I was very pelased to see how many young men stay active in OA even
when they go on to college. I guess that says that the program is
doing many things right.
Chartered Organization Representative, Troop and Pack 188
BSA, Clinton Valley Council, Pontiac, Michigan, USA.
Ordeal member, Chippewa Lodge #29, WWW
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Computer Science Dept., G.M. Research Laboratories
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