OA running camporees
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Fri, 10 Feb 1995 10:35:55 EST
While there are some 'challenges to manage', our district OA chapter
has run 2 of the best camporees in recent years. What make them great
was that the OA scouts, decided on the THEMES and the events! That
way they ONLy scheduled events that the scouts liked, and had a very
One of the challenges . . like many camporees, it is hard to get
enough staff. Since the primary duty (even of OA officers) is to
serve thier scout units, the OA should not take scouts, most offen
the more senior scouts, patrol leaders and even SPL away from the
units. SO the, OA members have a real challenge to find enough
staff, and often need to rely on the advisors and other adults.
At our last few camporees, we have even 'borrowed' staff from the
local APO chapter! In fact one of the reasons, the OA chapters
have been running camporees, is the problems with finding staff!
And remember, the OA is not 'THEM' it is US! We are all scouts!
If 'THEY' fail, we fail with them. When any scouters complain about
poorly run camporees, I always ASK them if they would like to HELP
on the staff, or even just the planning comittee for the NEXT one!
There is no THEM, just US. We all need to contribute to have a
great camporee, or any district our council events. If you are
not part of the solution, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM! not THEM!
disctict camporee staff for at least 25 camporees, AND former OA advisor
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City