Re: OA Elections
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@MARLIN.SSNET.COM)
Wed, 31 May 1995 08:01:07 EDT
While Stan's thoughts toward boycotting the OA on the basis of the way the
elections are run may at some point have some merit, there is something else
that I have not seen considered very much in this thread that he may wish to
If the OA election process degenerates to a popularity contest in any given
Troop, perhaps there is something amiss other than the election process. It
may be that there needs to be some very serious evaluation of the way the
Troop is being run throughout the year, with an eye toward improving the
Troop's operating methods. If the full spirit and intent of the Scout
Movement are being applied on a full-time basis within the Troop, then the
Scouts are probably going to be more likely to elect the most deserving
Scouts to the OA, regardless of the popularity (or lack of same) of the
individual Scout who happens to be eligible this year.
If your Troop elects the popular Scouts while more deserving Scouts go
un-elected, I would ask a few questions if I were in your place -
Is the Patrol Method working as effectively as it could be?
Does the Patrol Leaders' Council actually run the Troop - or is the
Troop run by the adults?
Do the senior Scouts plan and conduct the Troop's meetings and outdoor
activities - or do the adults do that, too?
Do the older Scouts help the younger Scouts learn skills and leadership
- or is that being done by the adults?
Am I, as an adult, working harder at making the programme happen than I
should have to?
If, - after your self-interview - you come to the conclusion that the Troop
is being run by the adults instead of by the Scouts, perhaps you have found
one reason why the excellent, but less popular, Scout doesn't ever seem to
get elected to the OA.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City