Secrecy in OA
Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 14 Dec 1995 14:19:19 EST
It pains me when I read posts concerning the OA that decry it's
"secrecy". It pains me more when I read of leaders not doing their
jobs. With new elections looming in just a couple months, lets review:
--It is the responsibility of each SM to insure that his Scouts understand
the serious purpose of the unit elections held each spring. It should not
be a popularity contest, and won't be if your scouts have been adequately
instructed. If the election team does a poor job--it's still in your interest
to do so, because. . .
--The point of OA is not to suck good scouts from your unit. A good
Arrowman realizes that he was elected by his fellow scouts, because he
is helpful to his fellow scouts. OA can be an asset, giving older scouts
who are becomming bored another channel for their energies which
KEEPS them active in your troop. If that's not happening, see #1
--Leaders should take time to explain to anyone with questions, what the
OA is about. Even if you are not a member, you can ask someone who is
for enough detailed info to answer the questioner, maintain the mystery
of the OA, and ease your own questions to boot.
The story of Pat Hamilton, who was scared out of Scouts by an old call-out
ceremony, and a leader who did not explain what was happening is a terrible
shame. The whole point of the secrecy is to make sure that details are made
known to the candidate at the appropriate time for him/her to gain the greatest
meaning. Pablo Manuel said, there's a difference between secret and discrete.
--If any leaders out there have questions that haven't been answered due to
"secrecy", please contact me. I will be pleased to help you with your questions.
The name of the game is "The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service."
Serving the OA since 1976,
Mike Derleth 75112.1671@CompuServe.com
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