OA Election Ballot
Hilding Holroyd (hilding@CATFISH.OCPT.CCUR.COM)
Thu, 18 Nov 1993 13:34:58 -0500
Re: young OA members
Last April when the troop for which I served as an SM held their OA
elections, I invoked the "well known" phrase of "Scoutmaster approval"
and trimmed 1 name of a Scout off of the OA ballot. He was MOST upset.
(read that as an understatement.) He had all the rank and service
(& age) he needed, but to me he did not fit the "Honor Camper" role.
So I would not have his name on the ballot. I explained my stance to
the adult OA member who was running the election for us and he said
"that is your perogative". The scout in question further supported my
stand by his reactions during the election.
There has been a lot of discussion over the last few days regarding 1st
Class in a year (& I, too, contributed my blunt assessment. My thanks to
Mike Walton for the reminder of the years gone by that it was possible
even then to get 1st Class in a year. It just was not emphasised.) and the
result this policy has on the OA. But those of us who are in the BSA and
serve as SM's or members of Boards of Review have a whole lot more say in
this than many of you are noting.
The SM's have the SM Conference. If you think that the scout is not ready
for the rank advancement, then DON'T let it get any further. Tell him why.
Tell him where/how to improve. Tell him to come back in X week(s).
The BofR can do the same. In my last troop a BofR "failed" a scout (same one
as above OA tale) 2 times! for his 1st Class. They told him why, what to
do, and when to come back. The Troop Committee needs to set proper standards,
in consultation with the SM and Advancement Chairman, for their BofR's.
Bring in the District Adv. Chair for some advice, too. And stick to those
standards. No one gets a free ride. Each scout is tested & reviewed on his
own merits. [Case in point, one of my sons, the 3rd one now in the troop,
had a SM Conf/BofR for 2nd Class on Monday. I stayed on the far side of
the room with my backed turned for the whole time. He passed on his own.]
SM's, if YOU think that a scout is not ready for the OA, then TAKE HIS NAME
OFF OF THE BALLOT. I apologize for the emphasis (shouting?). The scout has
lots of time to be elected. BUT, be sure to explain the ballot in front of
everyone. And ALL of the requirements (a scout who is looked up to, shows
leadership, 10 days/nights of camping etc). Sometimes a younger scout
DOES do that. And he rightly deserves to be on the ballot. But not every
single 12 year old who makes 1st class has these qualitites.
Hilding Holroyd Eagle Class '68
Jersey Shore Council O.A.: Japeechin Lodge (Brotherhood)
Whispering Pine District "I used to be a FOX!!" NE-IV-54
Adv. Chairman, Troop 250 31 year veteran and still going ..
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