Re: The Secret OA
Pat Hamilton (hamilton@WCSSUN1.INFONET.COM)
Tue, 12 Dec 1995 17:19:42 +0000
Jim Sheckels recently wrote:
Missed the target - the traditions and customs of the OA ARE NOT secret - any
person truly interested in the OA can learn without being a member, as long
as he/she is an adult and indicate that they will not disrupt the spirit of
the rule that Brothers in the Order keep the meanings and traditions at
"close hold". In my experience, when the process of the Ordeals and the
Looking back on my youth, it may have been better if a little more was
known about this organization. I went to Boy Scout Camp shortly after
bridging from Cub Scouts. I didn't really know anyone and kept mostly to
myself. During a campfire one night, two older boys dressed in Indian
costume rushed into the campfire circle, grabbed one of the boys, roughly
drew a red arrow on his arm with a magic marker, and dragged him away. I
asked one of the other boys what was going on and he said something about
the Order of the Arrow had selected him for an ordeal and that nobody
really knew what went on at the "ordeal."
I lived in fear for the rest of the camp and tried to avoid the evening
campfires. Shortly after returning home from camp, I quit Boy Scouts. I
just quit attending meetings and nobody called to ask why. The following
year, I joined another troop, but I wouldn't go to camp, so I was pretty
much left behind in advancements, so I quit again.
Maybe I should have talked to an adult at the time and found out more
about it, but after seeing that boy drug off, I didn't want to do
anything but go home.
Anyway, I got re-involved with Scouting as an adult and took the job
of Cubmaster when my son was a second year Webelos. I stayed on as
Cubmaster when my son bridged into Boy Scouts and when he decided to drop
out 3 months later, I didn't try to talk him out of it. And (to answer
another recent post) I am now in my 6th year as Cubmaster of the pack,
five of those years are after my son was out of it. I am also on the
District Cub Leader Training Staff and served on the Council Pow Wow Book
committee, but I have no intention of ever getting involved with the Boy
Scout side of the organization.
Pat Hamilton, Cubmaster -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Pack 615, Columbia, MD
National Pike District "It's not SUPPOSED to taste
Baltimore Area Council good... It's GOOD for you!"
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