Re: OA Elections
Scott Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Wed, 31 May 1995 05:35:14 -0800
>Does anyone else feel this way or am I alone? I will appreciate your
>comments because I am on the verge of recommending a complete
>boycott of the OA by our troop -- and any other troop I can influence. I
>truly feel it is contrary to the spirit of scouting as it was intended. Sorry
>for being so long.
>Committee Member, Troop 100
>Tejas District, Capital Area Council
I to have had the same feelings about OA. When I was elected as a member
as a boy it was viewed as an honor and a privilege in our troop - that
Scoutmaster considered it such and used veto for those bpys who did not
show leadership qualities and abide by the Scout oath and law. He made no
bones about it and I think it worked quite well from the what I recall.
The Scouts saw it as an honor and an achievement as well.
A couple of years ago I was a back up leader for our national Jamboree
Troop and the troop adults decided that they would have an election since
they felt that one of the boys should be an OA member and his troop did not
participate in OA because of the problems noted by Stan.
I had some problems with the idea and said so - since I believe that it is
impossible to have a meaningful election when you really don't know the
candidate and it should be an honor and a reward. I felt that it should be
done in the scout's troop, if at all and that the committee members should
make the change there if they saw the need. I was overruled but
fortunately the assistant scout exec felt as I do and nixed the whole idea.
Since then I have been a voice in our troop to try to ensure that a scout
meets the minumum requirements of being a leader in the troop, helpful to
other boys, and is a good representative of the scouting ideals. In our
troop the Committee, working with the Patrol Leader's Council, discusses
who is eligible and who will be vetoed by the Scoutmaster on that basis.
It has worked well because we have actually sat down and told scouts that
they have not been considered because they have not shown the ideals and
what can be done to improve. One boy actually wrote out a contract with
himself listing his personal goals without prompting - and has lived by
them. I am saving them for his Eagle Court as I suspect he will make it.
He is to be inducted this summer.
I think OA, can be used to encourage and should be used to recognize
special achievement abd a commitment to service. Most of the boys elected
stay active in OA - perhaps because it is so?
Scott Drown, ASM Troop 39
Mt. Baker Council
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