Re: Order of the Arrow and initiation
Jim Holman (jrholman@POSTBOX.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Tue, 5 Sep 1995 09:28:46 -0400
One of the points in the original posting about OA was a reference to
'initiation' which I don't believe has been addressed yet.
As a recent 'survivor' of the OA Ordeal weekend, I'd like to stress that
there was no hint of 'initiation' in the Ordeal. There were tasks we were
expected to perform to demonstrate our willingness to serve others, but we
were joined in those tasks by fellow arrowmen who worked with us as equals.
There was nothing humiliating, embarrassing, threatening or dangerous.
There was no one shouting orders or anything of the sort. In fact, some of
the same people who were terrors at summer camp (Put down those rocks!, NO
RUNNING!, Get in line and be QUIET) were considerate, friendly, and helpful.
Parts of the Ordeal were challenging, mentally and physically, but there is
nothing to fear or dread. Any scout (or scouter) eligible should look
forward to the experience and the camaraderie and brotherhood (in the
generic sense, there ARE women in OA) that results.
Jim Holman (216)-263-3772
Head, Computing and Statistical Services, OARDC
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