Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Order of the Arrow - more
Re: Order of the Arrow - more
Bruce E. Cobern
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 23:33:04 -0400
> From: Scouts-L Youth Group List [mailto:Scouts-L@listserv.tcu.edu]On
> Behalf Of MAJ Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
> Sent: Friday, August 13, 1999 11:01 PM
> I don't have my copy of the Guide for Advisors and Officers handy, but can
> someone please provide me a reference for this? It just doesn't make
> sense...why are we allowing those adults (registered adults) to continue to
> serve as YOUTH members for the purpose of the OA??
>From the 1995 edition, page 20:
"All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who
are under 21 years of age shall be considered youth members or candidates for
"Candidates for youth membership shall be elected by other youth members in
accordance with policies set forth by the national committee of the Order of
the Arrow. Election of any person under 21 years of age as a candidate for
membership shall be based on fulfillment of the youth membership
This covers the fact that SA's under 21 that meet the YOUTH eligibility
requirements are elected by the YOUTH in the unit. Then, on page 21:
"In Boy Scout troops and Varsity Scout teams, every registered active member
of the unit under the age of 21 at the time of election is eligible to vote."
This gives ALL SA's under the age of 21 a vote in the election.
Why? Well this way all of those who are eligible, as youth, to hold
leadership positions in the Order will have been elected under the same rules
and in the same manner.
Hope this helps.
Bruce E. Cobern
Suanhacky Lodge #49, Queens Council, NY