RE: Order of the Arrow
Sleezer, Jim (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Wed, 16 Sep 1992 12:31:37 EDT
> > <stuff deleted>
> > >
> > > 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.
> > >
> > One of the other requirements, at least a few years ago, was that
> > the candidate needed to have 20 days and nights camping. I think
> > that only one long term camp could be used to qualify for some of the
> > night.
> 20 days & nights of camping are still required. And that includes adults,
> In our Lodge we use the camping requirements to keep out the Council/District
> Scouters who are being 'elected' into the Lodge as some sort of award and not
> because they will help the lodge or the scouts. Most of these people are the
> 'desk-jockey' types. We want the 'front-line' type, the Scoutmasters, and
> Assistants, maybe some of the Troop Committee people (some do as much work
> including camping, as some of the Asst. Scoutmasters!).
Several people have reminding me of the camping requirement. Thanks
for keeping me straight.
But whether it is 15 or 20 nights, I don't find it very believable
that a first year scout who crossed over from Cubs in January
can have done enough to qualify, then get elected in time to
be tapped out at summer camp. I guess it is possible. But...
My primary concern with the younger boys entering OA is a worry
that they don't have enough experience to appreciate what it
is al about and enough maturity to really accept the responsibility
for service that all the ceremonial words imply.
Chartered Organization Representative, Troop and Pack 188
BSA, Clinton Valley Council, Pontiac, Michigan, USA.
Ordeal member, Chippewa Lodge #29, WWW
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