Re: OA Camping at District Camporee
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 18 Oct 1993 15:24:45 EDT
On Mon, 18 Oct 1993 11:19:21 PDT My Name said:
>Subject: Re: OA Camping at District Camporee
> One difference I would hasten to point out between
>OA and Eagle scout is that OA is by election, while Eagle
>scout is within the grasp of any scout. Eagle is attained
>by what "You" do, OA is attained through how "others" per-
BUT, they can both be considered as Elite groups!
Each has attained something that the "average" scout wil not!
Isn't that part of what we are working towards? To have
goals that are at a HIGHER level that is above "avererage"?
I find nothing wrong with having the OA members have a
chance to STAND out and be some one special! After all,
there are many Eagles that are OA members, but also some that
are not. My point is that (in at least my opinion) the
entire rank/award/reward system in scouting is some what
"eliteist". A we hope that our elite scouts set the HIGH
example as our Junior leaders etc.
I think that giving OA members a chance to serve as camporee
staff gives them some recognition that is not otherwise
even noted by the sigificant numbers of NO members. Some
leader avoid the OA as a secrect society or make such charges
that is a elitist group. So what is the goal of units that
avoid the OA, to have ONLY AVERAGE units? To have no special
recognition of those honor campers that also chose service to
others? At least with the OA, as NOT WITH EAGLE PROJECTS,
the service is directed MAINLY for scouting and even the
scouts own troop.
AND at an event like ours, the SPL and other YOUTH leaders
that were OA members, then had a JOB during the patrol
events! Rather that just sitting arround camp watching
the leaders drink coffee! I thought it was a very well
recieved idea in our district. And for once the Service
of the OA was out in the OPEN, and not limited to work
weekends with only OA members present to see all the
work and service being done. As far as I know, it
was so well recieved, that Future camporess will also
be hosted and/or staffed by the OA membership.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City