Re: OA Registration question...don't have handbook handy!
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Tue, 17 May 1994 22:59:26 EDT
Don Izard <IZARD%UBVM.bitnet@UKCC.uky.edu> writes:
> By definition, the mai function of the adults other than the advisors
> is to serve to SUPPORT the youth. The OA has no use for adults
> that just like to go to OA functions and HANG OUT, and drink coffee etc.
OH NO!!!!!!! I can't go to my Lodge activities and stand around
drinking coffee any more!!! What agony! What pain! It's NOT fair!
I'll have to actually do some WORK, for a change!!!!! *laughter*
I agree with Don and others that have faced this problem in the past.
It was getting so, before the tightning of the policy, that the OA was
becoming another "men's club" whereby all we did was stand outside the
Lodge's building and talk about the "old times" or to "trash" the
current "administration" (political or otherwise) while, yes, drinking
tea, coffee or hot cocoa.
If your OA lodge is like the one that I've described here, you might
want to use Don's limiting example to decrease this from happening.
Here, Wapiti don't really have that problem because not many youth OR
adults even show up for Lodge activities or events (they don't think
that the OA is as important as it used to be....well....they're WRONG
and when this Council merges next year or so, they'll be yelling "Hey!
What happened to our nice Lodge building where we could go and sit out
there and play cards and drink coffee at?" )
> And in our case we have a LODGE Advisor, PRO staff advisor and the
> Council exec still retians claim to the title of SCOTF. I guess I
> need to be more precise in some terms.
For the information of those not familiar with what we're talking
The Order of the Arrow (OA), is an OPTIONAL, ADJUNCT program of the
local Council's Camping and Outdoor Activities or Camping and
Conservation Committee's program. Most of the local Councils have an
Order of the Arrow lodge to recognize honor campers and Scouts and
Scouters; some local Councils are fortunate to have more than one
Lodge as they go through the merger and consolidation of the BSA from
400 to 215 local Councils. Some local Councils, however, have
programs similar to the OA which are run and managed similiarly to
that of the Order of the Arrow.
The Lodge Chief is a youth member under 21 years of age that gives
direction to the Order of the Arrow program. He is elected by his
peers and serves generally a one-year term of office.
The Lodge Advisor (Nathan's, Don's former role, and several others
here's role...) is the VOLUNTEER advisor and adult counterpart to
the Lodge Chief.
The "Supreme Chief of the Fire" is the Council Scout Executive.
The "Chief of the Fire" is the Council's professional with supervisory
responsibilities to the Council's Order of the Arrow program and the
operation of the local Lodge, sometimes referred to as the "Lodge
Staff Advisor". Chuck (Bell) here is a Lodge Staff Advisor.
As Don stated here earlier, while the Council staff advisor has a lot
of say in the operation and direction of the Lodge's program (not as
much as he or she thinks, but let's let them *think* that, okay??), it
is the Council Scout Executive which has the FINAL say in all
administrative matters pertaining to the Council's Order of the Arrow
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