Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: order of the arrow question
Re: order of the arrow question
Mon, 23 Aug 1999 20:29:20 -0400
I not only agree with Bruce, but I liken doing it quietly and after the
election akin to lying to the boys. The SM must have the courage to make the
decision and be able to explain, privately to the youth involved, why he
does not believe he lives up to the SO & SL. Usually, the SM asks the youth
privately if he really believes he has lived up to the SO & SL. Often, the
boy will remove himself.
This obviously should not be done unless a youth is a serious problem.
However, allowing all the boys to make a decision on whether or not he
should be in the OA and then pulling the rug out behind their backs is
fraudulent. If the boys find out (and they will eventually), a big chunk of
trust goes away!
Yours in the Ministry of Scouting,
Former Osceola Chapter Adviser, Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge #237
>>My question is: Does the Scoutmaster remove the name before or after
>>There are definite pluses and minuses each way.
>There is NO choice. The SM must make the decision BEFORE the election.
>Once he certifies eligibility to the election team the election is
>totally out of his hands. At that point it is entirely up to the youth.
>Bruce E. Cobern