Re: OA Ordeals & Timing
Gregory Marr (gregm@WPI.EDU)
Wed, 23 Feb 1994 18:24:27 -0500
> Our biggest DISCUSSION here has been using the candidates to put up camp...
> We aren't getting but about 70 or so members plus 100 or so candidates for
> the Spring Ordeal. Many of us (Adults & Youth) feel like we are sort of
> abusing the candidates.
Wow, we only get about 30-40 candidates, and usually fewer brothers to
> The feeling is that we run them sort of in the ground getting camp up, so
> that many do not come back to any other OA activities....
the majority of the work that the candidates do setting up camp is
unloading the tents/bunks/mattresses from the truck, and putting them
up. We sometimes have a crew loading the truck(s), but that depends
on how many people we have and how many other projects. We usually
have a crew helping to build new tent platforms, (the adults, unless
we have some other job we need them for...) sometimes a group painting
one of the buildings, and some general campsite cleanup.
> Our Lodge has about 500 members and we can only get the 70 to 100 out for
> an Ordeal. Is this kind of attendance common???
We have 350-400, and usually get 50 at the most, and the majority of
those are on the executive board or are committee members (ceremonies,
ordeal administration, brotherhood, the people that need to be there.)
> In our chapter (1 of 9 in the Lodge) we try to encourage the new boys to
> come to chapter meetings. The meetings aren't just meetings.. We work
> on Outfits and Ceremonies, etc.. But, depending on the Unit, many of the
> boys just won't come....
We don't have Chapters, we just have several different committees that
people can work on...Ceremonies (my personal favorite. This is the
first year since I joined that I won't be doing a part, and only
because I turn 21 in the middle of the season...), elections,
membership, communications, camp promotions, Brotherhood, Ordeal
Administrations, and a couple of Ad Hoc committees now and then, like
officer nominations, Vigil selection, and Founder's Award.
Greg Marr (gregm@wpi.WPI.EDU)
Eagle Scout Class of '88
Allogagan Lodge #83, Vigil Honor Member
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