Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: New OA Election process
Re: New OA Election process
Rohde, James E NCX
Sat, 11 Dec 1999 11:33:26 -0600
Neal, Jim, and List
I followed the rules as they were explained to me by the OA election
representative. He himself was concerned about the young man elected (had
lots of friends in the troop, fairly popular) allowed me to have the final
say when we filled out the final form and submitted it to council. I was
following the rules as they were explained to me by the OA. If that was
contrary to what they are written somewhere then they need to inform their
own election committee as to the actual procedure. The only time I vetoed
anyone was when I thought the young scout (barely eligible in campouts and
rank) was very young, a very active first year camper that I thought would
be overwhelmed by the ordeal. I did not want him to become alienated with
the OA from not having enough of an understanding of what was going on.
> Yes Jim, I am sure that it will. And it is, I understand, totally
> to OA election procedures.
> The SM must approve the Scout BEFORE the election is held. The SM may
> decline to allow any boy to stand for election BEFORE the election.
> once the SM has approved the boy as a candidate and he stands for
> then the matter is out of the SM's hands. If the boy is elected then the
> has no say in the matter.
> If you are saying that in your Troop, the SM has a veto AFTER the election
> then you are going completely contrary to the OA guidelines for elections.
> The tone of your post would suggest that you know what the national
> guidelines are and are almost proud that you are not following them. I
> you do not consider this comment insulting, but I have always believed
> "A Scout is Loyal" and "A Scout is Obedient" applies to leaders as well as
> does to youth.