Re: OA Lodges, was Re: Clinton
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Mon, 16 Aug 1993 15:07:34 EDT
On Mon, 16 Aug 1993 11:05:35 -0400 Doug Hellmann said:
>Alright already! :-) The dues for our Lodge are around $5. I guess
>I can't complain that that is too expensive.
>> The Order of the Arrow does much service for scouting
>> Steve Myers
>> Lodge Treasurer Advisor, Marnoc Lodge #151 WWW
>> Scoutmaster, Troop 1
>> Woodbadge bound with Jim Holman and Jim Cole from the list.
>I sure wish I could say all those nice things about our Lodge. The Scouts who
>run it are all very good scouts and the leaders work very hard, but I just
>see the type of service you are talking about here. When I went to Fellowships
Then there is either no problem or there is a problem... Double talk?
maybe, but the OA shouldn't be highly visible (except to their own member
s) so not seeing the service doesn't mean it didn't get done. Are those
new seats in the chapel? I wonder where they came from?
On the other hand, no service is a major calamity. The OA is primarily
a service organization and they should measure their worth by the
service done. If the OA has a poor reputation with the outdoor committee
or the council in general they are done. New leadership is needed and
a direction and expectation from the SE is necessary. Get involved
and make things better. There are a lot of like minds out there.
>as a Scout, I remember several things that turned me off right away. For one,
>the adult leaders were more interested in collecting and trading patches. I
>didn't mind that they did it, but they spent the weekends doing that rather
>than helping the Lodge leaders. The other thing I remember is that we could
This could be a problem, but remember that the fellowships are to be FUN
!!! Or else who would come? Sure you should do service, but the fun is
necessary too. Patch collecting is fun, but too much of a good thing ...
>never get any of the Lodge brothers to come to ceremonies. The Vice Chief
>of Activities (in charge of the program) always insisted on planning what we
>called the "Barstow Cinema" (our camp is Camp Barstow). So rather than
>supporting the ceremony team, everyone sat around and watched movies. This
>soon became a tradition, and as far as I know they still do it.
This "schedule conflict" could be lessened by making sure that
the schedule is approved at the lodge executive board meeting. Then
if a majority of the lodge exec board wants both you'll have to let them.
However, you should start looking to groom new officers and chairmen.
>Now, a lot of things have changed since then, but our lodge is still very weak
>(at least in my opinion). In our last newsletter, the Lodge Chief practially
>begged the brothers to come out to the Fellowship this month. I'm going to
>promote it with the Scouts in our Troop, but I don't know if school/work will
>allow me to attend.
Please promote, talk up the vision of the OA, don't concentrate on
what's wrong. Be positive and make a difference.
>What sort of activites do other Lodges have at their OA Fellowships?
At Marnoc's summer fellowship we had the Animal Olympics started
by Big Al running across the parade deck with a lighted pot torch
to open the games. First was raccoon soccer (the racoon was a
big peice of something they kicked around). I didn't see what the second
game was, but they sure enjoyed it. Later each ordeal paired off with
a brotherhood member and discussed the meaning of the order and stuff
like that. This part was really good. Next, came the pie eating
contest followed by the crackerbarrell and plenty of wash water for the
losers of the pie eating contest. That was just Friday night.
Saturday, we took down and stored tents, bunks, mattresses, flys,
stored canoes, carried shingles, moved picnic tables, ....
Saturday afternoon saw a canoe obstical course, a pool full of
watermellon seeds after the "ball" in watermellon rugby broke,
and water polo. Then we got down to the serious matter of
eatings the ribs and corn.... After was to have been the
lodge exec meeting, but every officer and chairman was either at the
Jambo, or on a troop high adventure or (ugh) working.
Sat night it ended and I took two extremely excited first year
ordeal members back home. Both can't wait to go to the Fall fellowship.
So much for this one:
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