Purpose of the OA
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 16 Aug 1993 15:45:13 EDT
As the national Chief repeated at the OA gathering at the BSA 93 Jambo,
the first major purpose of the OA is that of service to scouting, and
in particular to the troops and units of scouting! Promoting camping
and service to the camps is NICE, but you must first make sure you
have UNITS/troops. So as a OA member in a troop, you can serve on
an OA camp promotion team to promote SUMMER camping, and help produce
a where to go camping book. It does NOT only mean fixing things at camps
or building a NEW latrine, or painting everything that don't move.
The ARMY has enough white rocks, scout camps do not need white rocks!
I also means trying to keep an active and interresting program in the
unit to included camping, and keeping the older scouts active! A strong
unit program, and youth leadership opportunities in the OA can help to
keep older scouts in scouting!!
If you don't have units with strong camping programs and the camp is
falling appart, then the OA may well have a problem with direction.
However, the major leadership in the OA is from the YOUTH !!!! Not
the adults. The adult ADVISORS are just that, there to advise the
youth. If the YOUTH or ADULTS does not act as directed by the
supreme chief of the fire (council exec) they can be removed or
replaced. In fact MY OWN lodge is going throw a complete re-stucture
most beacuse one chapter did not believe they had to follow the same
rules as everyone else. And that chapter raised a LOT of money for
camps, and even helped build new leantwo's. So, even with the OBVIOUS
new buildings, representing SERVICE to the camps, some lodge officers
have been replaced.
FUN remains the KEY word as well as service! Pizza at camps don't hurt
either, and since the OA is going CO-ED, they are new ideas and challenges
for even more new program ideas in the near future. It will work! You
can make it happen! JUST DO IT! (sorry BO). Just complaining don't get
it fixed! Joining a committee, and spending a couple nights a month might!
And don't tell me your busy!!! If I can spend about $600, and use up my
two weeks vacation, to sleep on a cot, in 90 degree 90 percent humidity,
so I can help 16,000 scouts rides bikes on a dirt track, anyone can find
the time and the resources to help. It takes no more time to find a way
to solve a problem (many times), than it does to complain to some one else
and wait for some one else to fix the problem. That other person may
see it as a very low priority, while those at the UNIT level may see it
as a major problem.
I guess I got a new sense of what can be done when I was working at the
Jambo with Council Presidents and DE's that would talk about what had
been done already in thier home councils. And how others already had
a ACTION PLAN drafted for a new program idea before they left the Jambo!
As far as I see it, that is ALL service to SCOUTING! It does not only
occur durring a desginated OA function of gathering!
Only 4 more years til Jambo 97!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City