hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Wed, 31 May 1995 13:18:34 EDT
The point that Glen Rodgers makes about SM approval (of
a Scout's eligibility for the OA) is quite valid. It
SHOULD have been used in reference to the 2 First Class
Scouts that were discussed previously - the ones who
rarely came in uniform and rarely took part in meetings.
I once used the perogative of taking a Scout off of the ballot.
Of course, the Scout got quite angry and started loudly raising
objections and basically put on a show that just emphasized my
position that he was NOT "honor camper" material.
Before the ballot was shown to the OA representative, I took
aside all members of the Troop Committee who were present at the
meeting and explained that I was removing the boy from the ballot.
I told them that he fulfilled all of the other eligibility requirements
(camping requirements and First Class), but I, in good conscience,
could NOT recommend him for the honor of being elected to the OA.
I then went through the same explanation with the OA rep.
The reactions that I got were simply "OK, that is your choice".
Of course, the Scout's reaction helped a lot too.
So, maybe the SM's should take a little more responsibility
when it comes to the ballot. Not everyone who makes it to First
Class is necessarily OA material or MUST be put on the ballot
immediately when they are eligible. Some Scouts need to grow a little.
Just my own opinions.
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman, Tr 250
Lakewood, NJ Jersey Shore Council
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