Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Order of the Arrow - more
Re: Order of the Arrow - more
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 11:12:11 CDT
Sarah provided us with a little more background (I thought the "references"
that some OA ceremonies uses was the problem....*smiling*)
>I suspect (but have no way to confirm) that this is the sum total of our
>CO's experience with OA, and upon which they based their decision. I
>myself don't yet know enough about OA's ceremonies to decide whether >or
not I would personally have a problem with them, although I >probably have a
better understanding of the purposes of OA than do the >CO board of directors.
Then, the OA staff advisor (the professional in charge of the OA activities
in the local Council) and the Lodge Chief (the youth in charge of the OA
activites in the local Council) should make an appointment to visit with
your CO board of directors and explain the purpose and importance of the
Order of the Arrow to the Board.
>I don't know of anyone else in the troop who is all that interested in >OA.
That's because the only exposure you have of OA has been through a ceremony
at a Cub Pack. Your Scouts will have lots of rub-ins with OA members,
particularily at summer camp and District encampments. Rather than to
discourage their participation, how about having those OA leaders to come to
your Troop and explain what the OA is and what it is not, and to explain how
one is elected to the OA.
There is an election team that will come and explain the OA to your Scouts
and Scouters but I wouldn't wait that long...by being proactive, you can
avoid serious "blowups" and also educate your Board of Directors on what the
OA is doing, why they are in Indian getups and what purpose they serve to
the Scouting program.
Your unit is not the only one, Sarah, that has had such a time trying to
figure out where the OA belongs in the overall "scheme of Scouting".
There's also a videotape that the local Lodge will let you borrow and show
it to parents and others interested in the OA. It's pretty good but nothing
like having the Lodge Staff Advisor and Lodge Chief to come and explain it
Hope this all helps out, Sarah!!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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