Push-ups and Hazing, etc.
Geary Morrill (VIGIL91@AOL.COM)
Thu, 23 Jul 1998 17:51:42 EDT
In a message dated 7/23/98 5:36:20 PM, Anthony Mako <ajmako@NLS.NET> writes:
<<Members of the OA are elected by their peers in their troop. As
soon as the election is over, anyone elected is a member of the OA.>>
Uh, where did this "information" come from?
The elected Scout is a Candidate. He has up to 1 year from his election to
present himself for the Ordeal.
At each step of the Ordeal process, the Candidate is asked to undertake the
personal challenges put before him. No one "does anything" to the candidates -
they choose to test themselves!
And at each step, immediately after what the candidate is asked to do, a
ceremonialist state clearly (paraphrasing) "If you wish, you may withdraw at
this time...there is no dishonor in doing so", -- then they turn their backs
to the candidates so they may withdraw in anonymity -- if they so choose.
I'll grant you this is not the way things have always gone, but it is the way
they've gone for the past decade plus. And any adult that has legitimate
concern will be accommodated in viewing (not participating) any OA ceremony.
To wrap things up "Hazing=Bad ...... Free Will Participation=Good!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City