Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: starting OA lodge
Re: starting OA lodge
Tue, 24 Aug 1999 20:34:02 EDT
In a message dated 8/24/99 4:11:55 PM Central Daylight Time,
<< We're getting ready to start our Troop meeting again in the new school
year, and one of the things we'd like to do ASAP is get a OA group
A Troop does not start an OA group - the Lodge is run at the Council level.
My experience is all stateside, so maybe any differences could be pointed out
by someone with overseas OA experience (welcome home, Mike).
First, you need to contact your Lodge for information on when & how they do
elections. We have a team from the Lodge come out, but I believe your
Council is a tad more far-flung than any I've been in.
<< Requirements include being First Class, have 15+ nights of camping,
at least 5 of which must be consecutive, and show camping ability and
Spirit above and beyond average.>>
Close. Besides 1st Class, you must be registered for at least 1 year. The
camping has to be in the last 2 years, and is broken down specifically into 5
nights long-term & 10 short-term (in otherwords, you can't just count summer
camp - weekend outings are required). The camping ability & Spirit are what
the boys are voting on. The boy also must have the SM's approval (my feeling
as Sm was always that he had to be fairly heinous for me to deny his peers
the chance to vote - as I noted the other day, I never felt I had to
<< The Troop then votes on who They think fulfill those requirements. Then
we send those names to Dallas, and have the kids buy the sash.>>
After the election the candidates (the term for those elected but not yet
inducted) will go through the Ordeal at a time & place determined by the
Lodge. At the end of that, they are inducted into the Lodge & presented with
<< My understanding is that the Troop may also elect one adult to OA.
Can the committee recommend an adult, or a list of adults?>>
Technically, the Committee "nominates" an adult for consideration by the
Lodge (the youth are not involved in this). In practice, I've never heard of
a nominated adult being declined. You may nominate 1 adult each year in
which you elect at least 1 youth. The camping & tenure requirements for
adults are the same as for youth, though the 1st Class requirement does not
<<When can we hold the vote? Anytime? Twice a year?>>
Once a year. Get in touch with your Lodge to find out when.
Good luck & keep us posted. OA can be an extremely rewading part of a
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 69
Burr Ridge, IL
a good old Eagle, too
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