Ordeal Projects (was ordeals and timing
Jeff Menaker 814 862-7494 (JXM181@PSUVM.PSU.EDU)
Wed, 23 Feb 1994 14:14:00 EST
Our lodge runs four weekends a year, 1 at each camp in the fall and
in the spring. After the last couple of weekends, the lodge decided
to put a limit on the number of ordeal candidates per weekend (now
set at 100...used to easily pass that). Now there's more emphasis
placed on doing the ordeal at summercamp (which can easily cut into
merit badges sessions needed for advancement).
Until last year, every weekend, the OA would come in and set up camp
in the spring and close it down in the fall. Now there are more
"real projects" stuff that actually allows someone to use their skills
such as carpentry, plumbing..etc...and there's no end to the list of
But it seems like nobody cares about the ordeal project very much...
it seems to me that this is the one thing that should be really
meaningful...rather than the usual cutting weeds back or putting up
tents. If a new member is taking the ordeal, does one of these
less meaningful projects what's to keep him from thinking that all
he'll do is cut back weeds or paint picnic tables whenever he comes
up on an oa weekend. so he just never shows up again. It seems like
ordeal candidates are used more or less as dumb labor.
Here comes the point of all this (in case you were thinking of falling
asleep...it gets good all of a sudden) :
What kind of projects do other lodges have for their ordeal candidates
and other general work projects for the brotherhood?
-ranger on undernet
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