Re: Order of the Arrow
Robert Sharek (drdaddy@COMPASS.NET)
Tue, 5 Sep 1995 22:39:09 -0400
On Mon, 4 Sep 1995, Steven M. Horvath wrote:
> I have a question regarding the Order of the Arrow. How did they develop,
> and what is their criteria for initiation into their ranks?? From what I've
> read about the Order, they seem like a survivalist type organization,
> made up primarily of ex-scouts. Is that an accurate assessment?
Boy, are you gonna get it! By the time I saw this, I had 222 messages
from my lists, so I will not belabor the point, for I am sure 1 or two of
the messages are letters to you explaining the OA.
Survivalist?? First time I have ever heard this. The only "S" word
might mean Service. Ex-Scouts? Well, you can be a youth in the OA until
21 so I guess they are ex-scouts. Adults can be inducted but we are only
a support arm (and work arm, let me tell you).
By all admissions, the OA seems like a secretive group, but it is a
natural extension for the boys after they might get a little bored with
mundane scouting activities. It is something for them to strive for for
they are elected from their units by ALL members of their unit. Not just
other members of the OA.
I must tell you, that I thought it was a high-falouting (sp). elitist
group bit when you get in, if you do, it becomes part of you. It is very
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City