Re: OA Camping at District Camporee
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Wed, 20 Oct 1993 04:16:00 GMT
Jon Dixon Said,
>> Yes, Don, they are both elite. And, I do appreciate
>> the value of OA. I am just a little uncomfortable with what
>> I perceive as the "elitist" practice of only allowing member-
>> ship by invitation. I must admit that this is a holdover
>> from my youth where, since we did not have an OA member, we
>> never got one. (No starting point.) And, my rational mind
>> tells me that election by non members (ie, troop) does not
>> equate to "membership by invitation" (clique?).
>> Charley Renn
>But OA membership is NOT dependent upon having an OA member in the
>troop. The membership is by election, not invitation. All your troop
>needed to do was to have an OA member come to the troop meeting and
>run an election (at least this is true now, I assume it has always
>worked that way). The OA takes great pains to avoid becoming
>cliquish, and in my experience is always eager to perform elections in
Theororetically this is so, However practice may be different.
As a youth (1980-87), we did not have any youth OA members in the troop.
When I first joined, the troop was in the process of being reorganized
from 1 scout (who quit shortly after I joined, but not because of me).
At one time, an OA election was attempted, but never took place because
the person from the OA never showed up. This is part of the reason I am
not currently an OA member.
Having seen the organization in that chapter of that lodge, I can
understand why: it was almost nonexistant. Few scouts attended the
chapter meetings, and at times, the ones present just screwed around.
It wouldn't surprize me if most elections were run by OA members of the
In the chapter in my current district, there is organization and
meaningful meetings. There is a youth who sees to it that every unit
has an OA election (not the unit trying to get an OA election), which is
the way it should be.
Side note: Before I get flamed for what may be perceived as a slam on
the OA, the other reason I am not a member of the OA is that I was
unable to attend the ordeal weekends offered since I was called out
(after election) last spring. Both were on weekends I had committments
for prior to being called out. Prior to my election last spring, I had
been only been involved marginally with the unit I was a scout in
(registered as an ASM while in College). They have not had an OA
election since I became an adult, mainly because they have not had
eligible boys (prerequisite for an adult to be elected). This is a
small town troop, and most scouts become involved in sports and quit
before they are eligible for election to the OA. This, in addition to
lack of cooperation on the OA side, has prevented an election.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348, Oak Forest, IL, Calumet Council
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