Re: OA Elections
Ron W. Fox (RonWFox@AOL.COM)
Tue, 30 May 1995 23:35:39 -0400
I was elected as a youth. In renewing my Lodge membership when I became
an adult Scouter, I have been fairly active in the Lodge. I have gone to
Lodge meetings, all Fellowships, and have gotten to know some of the youth
members and adult members.
1) I would definitely not touch the "youth only leadership" characteristics
Order. While that does create some inequities, I agree with a previous
that this will tend to even out over a year or so, and if the Scout does not
around for that long a time maybe they shouldn't be in the Order. It is
important that the youth have an area when they make decisions that are not
reversible, once made, by adults.
2) On the other hand, I fully support use of the provison that allows a
to determine who's eligible and who's not. I had a discussion about this
new Scoutmaster in our area. This Scoutmaster is not a member of the Order,
wasn't really well informed about the purposes of the Order, and was worried
about facing the parents of a Scout that the Scoutmaster was considering not
making eligible. I listened to the particular details of the case,
use of the exclusion power, and volunteered my services, as an adult member
of the Order, in discussing the issue with the parents. I don't see a
because this is done to determine who's eligible for election, not who among
eligible is to be elected. I would think you might want to make an explicit
early in the year well before elections, that meeting the "Scoutmaster
requirement will not be automatic and that no Scout should consider
eligible for election until so informed by the Scoutmaster.
3) When I was a youth (elected in 1966), there was a strict numerical ratio.
not sure now what it was, but along with all the other eligibility
(those now still in existence, I believe), I think it was that only one youth
elected per 20 registered youth. I'd be interested in finding out why this
changed. It certainly makes it more special to be elected, but I am willing
4) I would not withdraw my Troop from participating in the Order if I ran
one. I realize
that this one boy was hurt. However, maybe a) he'll be elected next year,
and b) the
other 4 will learn something.
Youth cannot learn decision-making skills unless they are allowed to make
These mistakes will cost someone something. It's unavoidable. It hurts.
It's the only
way that works. Counsel the one boy that his fellow Scouts can make
that he still needs to view them as fellow Scouts and work with them.
other four that much is expected of them, and you stand ready to help them
to those expectations. Make sure they realize that this was a start, not a
Cubmaster, Pack 69
Des Plaines Valley Council, B.S.A.
Willow Springs, Ill. 60480
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