Fred Rogers (fredrogers@VNET.IBM.COM)
Wed, 3 Mar 1993 08:23:27 EST
After much thought and consultation with others (on the list and
locally including the Chapter Adviser), I concluded that the scout I
asked about yesterday is not eligible for OA this year. (The key
phrase in the requirements is "since registering with a troop".) He
and I discussed it before the election and went over the records so
that he understood the situation. The nub of the problem lay in the
fact that he had chosen to skip the September and October campout. His
buddy, who joined the troop at exactly the same time, made those two
campouts and all the others. As a result, the buddy had 18 nights of
camping. It did not seem fair to shade the requirement in the one
case. I believe it would have given the wrong message. After talking
with John and watching him for the rest of the meeting, I am confident
that he will be there next year hoping to be elected.
As far as the election itself, we had six scouts eligible. If I had
been voting, I would have divided them into three groups of two. The
top two should definitely be elected, the bottom two should definitely
not be elected, and the other two would be a real close decision.
Obviously, I did not share this evaluation with anyone except my wife.
In the end, the youth of the troop elected four (the top two groups in
my own rankings). I like to think that having the youth do the
choosing works out. (At least this time it did.)
Thanks again for all the advice and help on this matter.
Scoutmaster of Troop 30, Baden-Powell Council
Publications Adviser of Gajuka Lodge (#477)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City