Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Tue, 25 Jun 1996 09:22:19 EDT
<Rob Fikes asks how to explain the OA to Scouts who have
never heard of it. >
What I did with my new unit (all first year Scouts) was to sit
down with them prior to the callout ceremony. I explained:
1. The OA is an organization of honor campers. Their main
purpose is promoting camp and camping with various
service projects. They are sometimes known as "The
Brotherhood of Cheerful Service"
2. Anyone who is First Class, and has two weeks camping
experience can be elected. (I'm deliberately skipping
details. I want to excite them, not bore them.) This is
a great incentive for some Scouts to advance.
3. Because scouts are elected by people who are NOT
yet OA, it's a real honor and testament to your Scout
Spirit to be chosen by your fellow troop members.
4. The ceremony you will see is very special to those who
are members and those who will become members
tonight. Treat it with the reverence you would church.
Talking, laughing, screwing around, etc., will be a
great dishonor to yourselves and your troop. So dont.
An option if you want the "Voice of Authority" Rob, would
be to get your Lodge's election team, or another lodge rep
to visit your troop and explain it. Good ones come in costume
and have a real knack for telling the story. You also don't
have to worry about explaining something your local lodge
wishes you wouldn't. :-)
Mike Derleth 75112.1671@CompuServe.com
ASM T3 Sterlington/Monroe LA
Brotherhood Member/Publications Adv. Comanche Lodge
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City