Re: I'll take my ball and go home (long)
H. Alan Schup (aschup@WHY.NET)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 21:13:22 -0500
I wrote private EMAIL that is in more detail, but later thought that maybe
the readers of SCOUTS-L may benefit from my idea.
I think I would invite the Lodge Chief, Chapter Chief, and (is it 2nd vice
chapter chief)...the Chapter youth official (unit elections chairman) in
charge of unit elections, to hold the elections. After all, the OA is a
boy-run organization also, and the SM, not being a boy or an elected
official of the OA, has absolutely no say about the election rules. I
would also have the DE as the second person for the 2-person rule for
transporting three OA boys to the meeting for the election (just for
insurance as a go-between in case the SM causes a scene). I would not give
advance notice as to who is accompanying the boys... The OA Advisor can
advise, but it sounds like somebody of proper youth authority needs to be
at that unit elections.
The only way I allow a SM to *not* hold elections is to have him/her sign
and date a form stating that no Scout in his troop is qualified due to
rank, camping tenure, or lack of Scout Spirit. This is a CYA effort for
the OA so that the SM later can not say that the OA made the decision
themselves to skip the troop. A copy should go to the district
commissioner so that the "supposed" lack of advancement, lack of outings,
lack of dicipline, lack of... is reported and witnessed.
Let the boys explain that it is not a popularity contest. I like the
anology used by my SPL, "If you were shipwrecked on a small island while on
the BSA Florida Gateways cruise to the Bahamas, and the adults were injured
where they could not help much, who is the Scout or Scouts you would most
want to be on the trip with you? Who in your troop actually lives the
Scout Oath and Law outside of the troop meetings and campouts?"
Vigil Honor '78
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