Re: Adults for OA
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Sun, 27 Apr 1997 00:00:22 -0400
At 07:59 PM 4/26/97 -0800, paccerelli wrote:
>Can anyone IN THE KNOW out there help?-is there a new OA policy
>that takes the selection of the adults for OA out of the hands of the
First of all, the selection of the adults has never, to my knowledge, been
in the hands of the boys. It had been that when there was a youth election
the troop adults could select one adult to take the ordeal. That HAS
changed. If a troop elects any youth, then its committee can NOMINATE one
adult for consideration for being allowed to take the ordeal. The final
decision is up to the lodge adult selection committee. While it is long, I
will quote the entire section on the selection of unit adults from page 21
of the current Guide for Officers and Advisers.
"Adult leaders in units. Each year, upon holding a troop or team election
for youth candidates which results in at least one youth candidate being
elected, the unit committee may recommend one adult to the lodge adult
selection committee, composed of the lodge adviser, the chairman of the
council committee on which the lodge adviser serves, and the lodge staff
adviser. Recommendations of the adult selection committee, with the
approval of the Scout executive, serving as Supreme Chief of the Fire, will
be candidates for induction, provided the following conditions are fulfilled:
- Selection of the adult is based on the ability to perform the necessary
function to help the Order fulfill its purposes, and for recognition of
service, including current or prior achievement and position.
- The individual will be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated
abilities that fulfill the purpose of the Order.
- The camping requirements set forth for youth members are fulfilled.
- The adult leader's membership will provide a positive role model for the
growth and development of the youth members of the lodge."
These procedures have been in place for about the last six or seven years.
As you can see, a unit no longer automatically selects someone to take the
ordeal. Instead, the recommend the adult and the lodge adult selection
committee decides whether that adults selection meets the criteria above and
either accepts or rejects the nomination from the unit.
Thus, if the lodge adult selection committee had not yet considered this
nomination, or if they had rejected the nomination, it would be
inappropriate for this adult to have been called out.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City