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BRUCE C JOHNSON (JOHNSON@MAIL.LOC.GOV)
Tue, 13 Apr 1993 16:18:16 GMT
I'm responding your your reply to my reply about A Phi O.
(Sorry that I haven't followed standard eMail protocal but my
eMail package would echo back all of Jim's message and my
previous message, etc.) No, I'm not suggesting that I believe
that A Phi O is a part of BSA. As a charter member of Sigma
Chapter of A Phi O (Northwestern University) and a former
Scouting advisor to the Chapter, I know better. There are two
sides of my message, so I guess I should amplify ...
While A Phi O is not formally a part of BSA, there has
always been a close relationship between the two organizations.
(I won't go into the specifics.) Suffice it to say that BSA
believes that A Phi O's goals and methods are so compatible with
BSA's that the fraternity is publicized in the back of the Boy
Scout Handbook and is permitted to exhibit at National BSA
meetings (among many other occasions). If BSA truly believes
that A Phi O is a good thing ... something that older Scouts and
Explorers should actively consider when they go off to college,
then promoting the organization more actively and effectively to
older young men and young women should be a frequent, routine
activity. Goodness knows, if the 16-18 year old got one tenth
the attention that the 6-8 year old age group gets, there would
be a MAJOR change in BSA's operating environment.
The other hand ... BSA invests years of effort developing
leadership skills and a service mindset in Scouts and Explorers.
Then the young men and young women go off to college. What then?
Well, for the most part they are lost to the organization. You,
Jim, seem to have done an excellent job of tapping the resources
that your local A Phi O chapter represents. I would submit that
this is the exception rather than the rule. It's bad enough at
colleges where there is no A Phi chapter (like my alma mater,
College of Wooster) where there is no established mechanism for
getting college students involved in local Scouting. But for an
A Phi O chapter to exist and the local council makes no effort to
connect, it's very hard to imagine what's going on in people's
minds. The A Phi O brothers are not being supported in the
continuation of their Scouting-related experience, and the local
council is not being supported with the frat's help. When I
start a new scouting challenge or work to bolster an existing
one, the first thing that I do is look around and determine what
resources are available. Why not A Phi O?
All I'm saying is let's do ourselves a favor while doing the
young men and women going off to college a favor by promoting A
Phi O and by involving A Phi O. (Now I will climb off a VERY
Bruce Chr. Johnson
Charter member, Sigma Chapter (Northwestern University)
Alpha Phi Omega
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