Re: Stats, etc.
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 17 Nov 1993 17:11:56 EST
In reply to Nathan . . .
I do not think that setting a 13 year minimum age for OA election
is the BEST answer. IF BSA is prepared to accept the 90's image
that the current class of 12 year old first class scouts presents,
I am not sure if the OA should contest the policy. My main point
was that the OA is supposed to represent the BEST of BSA! The
HONOR campers! Not just be some other accomplishment for the
super fast 12 year old member of the IMEDIATE Gratification
generation. I do not think that the FIRST class in under 12 months
was FULLY planned into the program! That was my main point!
Second point is that many 12 year old first class scouts are not
up to the traditions expections of a FIRST class scout of the
past generations of members of the OA. It has also been one
heck a challenge to find MEANINGFUL service for 12 year old ordeals!!!
I think BSA should re-evaluate the first class in 12 months concept.
I do not think it has proved to be a good idea for scouting BSA. From
the numerous PRIVATE e-mail replys, there are MANY MANY "ADULTS"
(volunteers?) that agree. IF BSA sticks with the current FIRST CLASS
program, then the OA may need to reconsider age, or maybe add service
time or leadership time ? I am not sure that a 13 year min age,
would be the BEST change, but it would not be surprized to see it
considered soon. What ever the change, it should be better planned,
an evaluated than the current FIRST Class program.
still scouting since '57, OA since about 62 ish
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City