Re: OA Elections
Dave McCullough (Mccecolsys@AOL.COM)
Sun, 2 Jun 1996 02:49:09 -0400
>>You have 10 year olds with 15 nites of camping, including a long-term camp?
Just _how_ early did the scout complete the 5th grade in order for this to
While looking at the lodge records recently for those going to the National
Order of the Arrow Conferance, I noticed that one of the boys had been
inducted in the Order of the Arrow when he was 10 years old. Thinking that
this was quite unusual, I contacted the keeper of the computer records to
make sure that this wasn't a typo. He, too, thought it unusual, so we called
the parents to make sure we had the correct dates (the boy had moved in from
out of council, so we thought it possible that the records were mixed up
between there and here). A most interesting story ensued.
It seems that the boy's father was the Scoutmaster for his troop, and the boy
had been camping with the troop for three years as a Cub and Webelos Scout.
The boy had only been in the troop for 3 weeks when the OA held elections.
The Scoutmaster put his son on the list of those eligible, and the son was
elected (not only did the boy NOT have 15 nights camping with the troop, but
he was not First Class either).
Well, this happened 5 years ago, and the Scout is now almost 16. Can't do
anything about it now. What I will do, though, is use this as an example of
what to look out for during the OA unit election training.
Is it possible for a 10-year-old to be in OA? Sure, it's "possible". Is it
probable? Lets just say that my experience has led me to think otherwise.
Nebagamon Lodge 312
Boulder Dam Area Council
Las Vegas, Nevada
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