Re: OA Elections
Fred Webb (fwebb@BBN.COM)
Wed, 31 May 1995 09:12:17 -0400
It is certainly true that no matter what the election teams say, the
OA election tends to turn into somewhat of a popularity contest.
My own son was a victim of this - the first several times he was
eligible, more popular boys were elected. Last year, he was
somewhat disappointed - he thought he was ready, worthy and should
have been elected.
However, as Brandon said, this was when he was 14. This year he's 15,
and sure enough he was elected. Now he's a "happy camper". My guess is
that he'll be more active in OA because of the year's delay.
I think boycotting the OA is "throwing the baby out with the bathwater".
Unit leaders need to make sure that the elections are correctly held,
and should complain to the lodge if there are problems. Most of the
boys who deserve the honor will eventually be elected.
If your local lodge isn't doing enough for the Council programs in general,
and specifically for the camping program, you should try to address that
problem, also. I don't think our Council could get along without the OA
lodge - they do a lot of the Camp maintainence, Camp promotion, etc. Several
years ago they prepared a set of booklets listing various places to camp
in our area that have been used by many troops.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City