Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Arrow of Light stats and Order of the Arrow question
Re: Arrow of Light stats and Order of the Arrow question
Thu, 1 Apr 1999 10:13:06 -0700
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To question 2, Sarah, Yes, the candidate must be elected by the members of his
First, understand the requirements to be a candidate: To be elected, a boy must
have attained the rank of First Class, and, within the previous two years, have
accrued 15 nights of BSA-approved camping, with a long-term camp (defined as 5
or more consecutive nights) in a (-- I forget the exact term here, but it means
a camp such as a council's established summer camp or high adventure camp). It
is possible, very much so, that your son's troop has no qualifying boys due to
the camping requirement. If this is not the case, then the following applies. .
. .Otherwise, just keep this in mind for next year.
If the troop chooses not to hold an election, it will be missing out on some
truly great opportunities. The OA provides excellent leadership opportunities
for boys, offers additional camping and activities, has extended leadership
training, and provides support to the troop. The first obligation of an
Arrowmen is service to his/her home unit. Additionally, the OA services as an
excellent motivator to younger Scouts to camp and to advance.
If your son's troop appears likely to 'skip' the OA, I should think it a good
idea to suggest the SM contact the local chapter and invite them to do a short
presentation on the Order at a troop meeting. Let the boys decide if they want
to hold an election. If the SM is not amenable to this concept, bring it up at
TC. Although the program lies more in the hands of the SM than the TC, the TC
is responsible for making the troops program happen. If the TC and SM decide to
forego the Order for now, then bring up again in six months. (You can't
normally hold an election in the fall, but that's a good time to start working
on making sure boys are advancing and getting their camping in.)
Sarah Nunez wrote:
> 1. Does anyone have stats on how many Cubs eventually attain Arrow of
> Light? Is it something on the order of Eagle's 2-4%?
> 2. Must a boy be elected to Order of the Arrow by his *own* troop? I
> get the distinct impression that our troop isn't going to "do" OA,
> although it may be too early to tell (the troop is only a year old, and
> we have only a handful of First Class Scouts, none higher).
> Sarah Nunez
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