RE: Abbreviations and What is a LODGE?
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Thu, 25 Feb 1993 13:55:43 CST
Please send me a copy of your German/American list, for my own personal
A "lodge" is the organization we call the body that runs the BSA's Brotherhood
of Honor Campers, the Order of the Arrow. The OA is a American thing, rooted
in the early beginnings of organized summercamp camping.
(this part not only is in response to our German friend, but also to those
that have been following this thread and am suffering from "scratchy-head
syndrome" (I explained this condition on an earlier posting...it IS curable,
Each local Council can decide to have AT LEAST ONE Order of the Arrow lodge.
It IS NOT TIED to some "mystical" "one Council-one Lodge" rule. The
Boy Scouts of America even goes as far enought to say to their professionals
that "a local Council does NOT HAVE TO HAVE A OA LODGE. This is a decision
which is made by the Council's Camping Committee, approved by the Council's
Executive Board, and charter is made with the Scout/Council Executive's
approval and consent". (notes from "BSA policies and procedures, Phase I
Paraprofessional Training Conference, 1977". )
The purpose of the Lodge is to provide administration support for the programs
of the Order of the Arrow in the local Council. A professional staff person
is assigned by the Council/Scout Executive to serve as the day-to-day
administrator of the program, youth Lodge Chief(s) ( there may be more than
one) and their assistants are elected to RUN the Lodge's program, and adult
Advisor(s) are either appointed (in most Councils) or elected to assist and
advise the youth officers.
There are also Sectional (normally no more than four or five) Chiefs,
Regional Chiefs, and the National Order of the Arrow Chief which have
youth and adult professional and volunteer assistance to carry out the program
of camping and outdoor development and promotion in their respective areas.
The issue has been when a local Council is merged with another, and both have
deep-rooted OA lodges that have been providing a program--who "goes away"
(as in no longer exists) and who "stays". If you can visualize having two
sons that you have raised from infancy to age 28 and 30, and one day, one
man comes into your home with a shotgun and tells you that "one of your sons
must die. You choose which. You have, oh, let's say, two hours to make that
decision.", then you have the situation well in placed in your mind, and things
will become clearer.
This is a really tough decision, because in addition to "killing" one of your
sons, you personally stand to gain all of his property, you get to maintain
long-standing traditions and respect of the one that you did not "have killed".
If you stand in from of the man instead (as was "threatned" by the Scout
Executive, telling the professional advisor to tell the Lodge that "either
you make a decision, or I won't recharter EITHER lodge"), you could end up
destroying them both anyway by your inaction.
So, you get on the phone and call up every relative (and 911!!!), you can
and ask for their advice. You get a lot of "Hey, this is *your* problem!
Leave us out of this". You get a lot of "Well...I was really partial to
(one) because of (whatever reasoning)." You don't get a lot of good
So, faced with something this alful, this is what *I* would recommend.
First, spend four days with each lodge. The first day should be with the
officers, the lodge advisor and the professional advisor. Get to know them
and respect their opioions on why they should be spared and why the other
should "die". Remember, if this were real people, they would be pleading
for their lives...so think in those terms.
The second day should be at the Council office. Look at the membership
rosters, the TAY (total available youth) and TAA (total available arrowman
..your Scout Executive should have these figures). Look at the types of
activities that the Lodge has had and the attendance at these things.
If one of the "sons" is dying due to disease, it may be "better" to let that
one go (I know, I wouldn't do that with REAL sons--I would hold on to dear
The third day should be at the camp, at a open forum hosted by the Lodge
in which Arrowmen from all over the council can come and state their
opioions. Remember that like all of Scouting's programs, the Order of the
Arrow is a honor association supporting the youth of Boy Scouting. Limit
the amount of talking from "the old-timers" and adults in general. At the
same time, lay it on the line: "one lodge has to go, according to our
Scout Executive. Tell me why THIS Lodge should stay and the other goes?"
The last day is there for you to wrap things up, look at the council camping
program and the camp property AS IT IS....yeah, you'll get a lot of "well,
we plan on doing x, y, and z to this soon..."
Do the same for the other Lodge and then make your minds up.
Well...its Jessiann and my's annisversary day, and it's a snow day at that
(which means that I got to stay home and listen as she tells me that I need
to put clothes away....hehehehe..she's been sick....it's been a year and a
half of this insanity, she says, and I'm not dead yet, so it must be great!),
so I better go downstairs and eat dinner before it's cold.
Hope that I made the explaination of the current argument clearer if not
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City