Re: OA Elections
Todd Tingblad (TINGBLTN@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU)
Thu, 1 Jun 1995 10:14:13 -0500
The OA Election thread has been very interesting...
The problem in this process is not the election process itself. Having
outsiders elect their best into the group removes the "Social Snob" type of
grouping from the OA.
The real problem, and some have said it indirectly, is Education.
Without proper education on the subject (OA), how can you or any youth member
not in OA really understand what they really are electing a scout in to.
Without an understanding of OA, all these youth have to measure someone in
many cases is popularity.
A Possible Fix?
As I have gone through refreshing myself on BSA training in Cub Scouts, Boy
Scouts and Unit Commissioner, I have noticed that something is missing. This
is mainly in the Boy Scout Training (both Fast Start and Scoutmastership
Fundimentals). None of these primary adult training courses provide any
education to help the adult leaders understand the OA and how it can help a
troop (can't say anything about Woodbadge as I have not been through it yet.
My goals are to take this enlightenment course in 1996).
How can you really understand a program without good materials and training?
You can't. Isn't that why we all go to training in the first place? To
learn to do our scouting jobs the best that we can. How can a once a year
visit to a troop for OA Elections really explain the purpose of the OA? Or
that not always well done summer camp call-out? You really can't.
There is an Education problem.
Somehow, the OA program, purpose, and benefits need to be addressed in
training programs. I do not remember seeing anything in the PLC training
materials on how the PLC and OA members can work together in a troop to make
it a better troop. All I've seen is noting that the OA is out there. This
is important information that non-OA members need to know so they can take
advantage of this resource.
There is also an image problem. Again, with the correct education in
training programs, the image problem of the "Patch & Sash" can be corrected.
Corrected too put back the true meaning of these symbols of our OA service.
Even with better education and understanding, the popularity condition in
unit elections will continue, but it would be reduced with better education.
Todd N. Tingblad -- TINGBLTN@UWEC.EDU
Eagle Scout Class of 1977
Brotherhood, Agaming Lodge
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 460, New Richmond, Wisconsin
Unit Commissioner, LaCroix District, Indianhead Council, St. Paul, Minnesota
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