Re: OA Ordeal
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Sat, 18 Dec 1993 15:04:08 CDT
Kevin Carr <kcarr1@BIGCAT.MISSOURI.EDU> writes:
>I have been chosen for OA, but have not gone threw by ordel.
Here's some practical advise for you and other potential Arrowmen.
This is great advice also for those that have BEEN through the Ordeal:
1) Remember that the Ordeal is just an event. It is NOT more
important that a campout and definately NOT as important as your
advancement. Don't let it overshadow what it is you are in Scouting
for...to have a great time and to learn some new skills.
2) You don't have to "buy" Indian costumes for this event or anything
else. If you feel that you HAVE to, don't go hog-wild about what you
get. Most Arrowmen are NOT on the ceremonial or dance teams, but
rather on the service or social committees of the local Lodge.
3) Remember WHY you were elected, Kevin. You weren't elected because
you were the oldest or because you "wanted" this (even though
personally, you may have felt that way). You were elected to
participate in this experience because the OTHER SCOUTS thought that
they could trust you in the out-of-doors. Because you had shown them
that you knew about camping and being of service to others that
haven't had the camping experiences you did. In short, because you
were an example of the kind of Scout *they* want to be like.
4) Don't get the "big head" about this honor. Many Arrowmen are
silent folks, ready to help out when they are needed to be and not
"pubilizing" their willingness. That's something that you'll see
firsthand. We will jump right in and help, not waiting for a invite
or a "hey...I need some help". Of course, there are some things that
we will wait on, but I know personally of Arrowmen that have taken
their Obligation to heart without regard for "how does it look" to
friends or "loved ones".
5) Be ready to give of yourself daily after your Ordeal is over.
Unlike your Troop activities, you will encounter fellow Arrowmen from
all over....many of them will be in your school, and they will know
of you and about you. Opportunities will come up whereby people will
need help and as a Arrowman, one of your obligations is to be of
service cheerfully, "even in the midst of irksome tasks and weighly
responibilities". That "cheerfully" part is the most hardest part.
Last Friday, for example, I overheard the case manager of one of my
clients crying and yelling about a client in our team. He had used
the bathroom all over himself once more that day, and she didn't have
any clothing except for a pair of underwear left for him to change
into. It was also lunchtime. So, after I asked what size does he
wear and commented that "well, his waist size is a little larger than
mine", I went home, found a pair of sweatpants and a old tee-shirt,
and brought them back to the workcenter. There, I changed, showered,
and dressed that client (I was only to get some more clothes). I was
NOT happy about the changing and showering part, particularily since I
didn't have lunch yet...but we got through it and YES, I was cheerful
about doing it.
Mothers (I am sure that your own mom will tell you) that while they
hated changing diapers and wiping noses, they love the feeling of
satisfaction and appreciation they get when they see the smiles and
the warm eyes of their children mentally saying "thanks". That is one
of the feelings you will have when you start on your path of helping
Finally, 6) you should already be doing these things, but the Ordeal
seems to remind you that. One of the most interesting comments I've
heard from a candidate after he completed the Ordeal was "I don't get
it. I'm ALREADY supposed to "help other people at all times". I'm
already supposed to be cheerful all of the time. I'm already supposed
to treat every Scout as a brother to me. So, what's the point in
going through this...if that's the case, then EVERY Scout should be in
And Kevin, I told him, he was absolutely correct.
The Order was created so that honor campers and Scouts could be
recognized for their adhearance to the principles of the Scout Oath
and Law and for their camping experiences. Over the time, the idea of
a "special camping honorary" kinda was drowned out in favor of the
idea of "being with older boys that have been on camping trips".
Nobody paid close attention to the idea that first and foremost, the
Order stands as a Scouting honorary, to further spur those Scouts that
have made it past First Class to not remember the principles of the
program while camping with a NEW group of Scouts, the Order of the
Don't get so wrapped up in the trappings of the Order...the patches,
the events, the activities. The OA depends on you to SET THE EXAMPLE
for your fellow Scouts whenever you go camping or do anything
outdoors. The Order also depends on you to SET THE EXAMPLE and to
continue to live out the Scouting ideals in everyday life.
This spring, take that OBLIGATION you will receive from Allowat Sakima
to your heart. Keep it there. Carry it out every day afterwards.
In that way, Kevin, you will be a GREAT Arrowman. To all of us, to
your Troop, and to yourself. Let us know how you did on your Ordeal,
and stay in touch with us all....it is YOUR program, you know!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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