Shotgun Lodge Merger?
Steve Souza (76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 24 Feb 1993 06:08:34 EST
quoting From: Don Izard >INTERNET:IZARD%UBVM.BITNET@ricevm1.rice.edu
> From past observations of Lodge and council mergers, most of the political
> battles are between or amoung the adults that want to retain the political
> power in the OA.
Don, I agree completely that 99% of the problems in the OA are caused by the
adults, especially those with a political agendas.
> I don['t] think the youth will really care!... In the end, it matters
> little to the youth the name or number of the lodge.
Here I don't agree. We have instilled a competitive spirit into the youth
from the day they were first a Cub Scout, with different Dens, and Den
competitions, Den yells, etc... moving on into Boy Scouts with Patrols, and
inter-patrol competitions, everything from camping and cooking competitions,
to 'Honor Patrol' etc...
The whole point being to instill a spirit of the TEAM, and working together
within the small group... pulling together, being one (against the others),
being the best among many.
In the OA, we do the same thing with the different Chapters within the
Lodge, and the different Lodges within the Section... In a good Lodge, one
that is functioning well and has a sense of unity and purpose, there will be
a strong sense of identity and competition with the other Lodges in the
Section (which normally shows at Conclaves and other section events).
To say that this sense of 'team' and unity and identity matters little to
the youth is to make light of all the team spirit we have been helping them
learn all their Scouting life. That is why when there _are_ Lodge mergers
(of two Lodges), one of them usually brings their Lodge number into the
union (usually the smaller of the two numbers), and the other usually brings
their name to the blend...
That way, each is able to retain a part of their former self, their
previous identity, etc...
I agree that there are times when a merger is to the benifit of all, but
there are times when it isn't.
> so we might as well accept the ineviatable and get on with the program!
I guess I'm an old school thinker in that I never lay down and accept what
I'm told is inevitable, especially when I'm told to just do it, without any
real explaination. If I'm a partner in the decision, and it makes sense,
then I buy into it, but if I'm just told to do it... or if the reasons are
self or politically motivated (especially in Scouting and it doesn't benifit
the boys... this ol' cat turns into a (political) tiger.
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