RE: Abbreviations and What is a LODGE?
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Fri, 26 Feb 1993 13:51:27 CST
Jim Sleezer <JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET> writes:
>Is there anything that says that two lodges cannot or should not merge under
>a new identity? That would give my OA friends two more (actually three if
>you count the new one) flaps to fight for.
That is the current fight. The BSA says that a local Council CAN have
a lodge, not that it MUST have one. The Order of the Arrow is
regarded as one of those "extra programs" like the National Eagle
Scout Association and the Explorer Officers/Presidents' Association
that can help the program of the local Council. But Councils that
cannot afford to successfully run and manage a OA lodge are not
pressed to have a Lodge.
Likewise, a Council MAY have more than one Lodge. That is not the
preferred method, and Councils are asked to have one lodge to serve
all of the youth in the Council. However, in the history of the BSA,
there were several local Councils that had separate lodges for blacks
and whites (mostly in the south), and many of the lodges affiated with
the Mormon church either chose not to admit non-Mormon members
(because the Church uses the OA program as it does all elements of the
Scouting program, as an extension of faith and religious education),
or to not to form a OA lodge or to have separate lodges for youth of
the Mormon faith. Today, due to historical matters, there are
several Councils that would rather have two lodges and not suffer the
fighting and inbiting that this causes or to merge both lodges into a
new Lodge, with totems (emblems) from the previous lodges used as
elements of the new Lodge flap emblems. In the Bluegrass Council,
which was formed in the late 60s from the old Cumberland and Bluegrass
Councils and later on including the Lonesome Pine Council, there are
elements of the Big Bear constallation, the Tomahawk, and the
Thunderbird, all totems from the old lodges. The likewise occured with
the merger of the lodges in the old Caveland Area and Audubon Area
Councils into the current Audubon Council.
>BTW, I came from one of those councils that does not have an OA lodge so I
>am not as clear as I might be on the rules of the OA.
I am glad that you brought this point up, Jim. Not every local
Council *has* to have a OA program and for various good reasons.
However, the Order has proved to be an effective leadership
development, service, morale-boosting program for youth and adults in
the Councils where lodges have been formed.
But, I can say the same thing about the Explorer Officers' Assocations
and the NESA in many Councils.
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