Re: OA Changes?
Branden Morris (morris@NET1PLUS.COM)
Sat, 29 Aug 1998 11:17:36 -0400
>Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 08:12:58 +0100
>From: Jim Peterson <kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU>
>Subject: OA Changes?
>A few days ago someone on this list posted a message that I thought
>mentioned some changes in the OA's emphasis on Native American costuming
>and/or customs. Can anyone fill me in on any planned changes or was I
There aren't any real 'changes' to the OA, per se. However, with the
adoption of the strategic plan this past year, there is some re-focusing of
the Order's efforts in cheerful service.
One of the areas of re-focus is to remind everyone, member and non-member
alike, that the OA is a service organization, and not an American Indian
hobbyist organization. American Indian lore and culture continues to be an
attractive sidelight to the program, and will continue to be the method by
which the ceremonial points are presented. Lodges can still use dance teams
as a promotional and service tool in their program. There will still be
dance contests and pow-wows at the National conference. However, as has
been stated all along, you don't need to be active in or even enjoy
American Indian culture to be a valued, active member of the OA. All that
we will be doing now is correctly focusing on service to Scouting and our
communities, and not focusing on the American Indian aspect of the program.
This is something that has existed all along, but hasn't always been clear.
Now, it will be made more clear through the marketing of the program, such
as focusing on the arrow as the logo, and not the generic stylized bonnet
You can read the OA strategic plan at the OA website, www.oa-bsa.org.
Yours in Scouting,
Branden Morris email@example.com
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