Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: OA election - my thoughts
Re: OA election - my thoughts
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr
Mon, 13 Dec 1999 18:20:27 -0800
I too was not elected the first year I was eligible for OA,
which coincidentally was also 1975.
>As a young 1st class scout I was passed over on my first OA
I questioned my own behavior, asked my Dad (also my
Scoutmaster) and adjusted the way I dealt with other
scouts. I was the ASPL and did a lot of yelling and issuing
of orders. I adjusted the way I dealt with other scouts,
especially the younger ones. I learned to be patient. I
learned to listen carefully to questions before I jumped in
with an answer.
The following year I was elected as SPL and eventually to
the OA. It was quite a moment for me. I took the Ordeal
with a great deal of reverence and indeed was in awe that I
was permitted to join. The following year I was asked to
reinforce my commitment by becoming a Brotherhhod member.
Again, I was in awe to even be asked.
>I always shed my OA sash the minute I quietly shake hands
with the new inductees < AND > I am always ashamed to wear
my OA sash around those fine boys who didn't get elected <
I guess I can't understand why one would be ashamed to be a
member of OA when dealing with boys that didn't get
elected. In fact, that's the time I think you need to wear
the sash more than any other time. Show those unelected
boys that they are DEFINITELY important enough for you, a
member of OA, to spend time with them. This can be a good
opportunity for some quiet reflection on whether we all act
as honor campers. Certainly there are some hurt feelings.
Feelings get hurt any time we ask peers to elect peers for
recognition. The same thing happens when we hold elections
for leadership positions. I don't see elections for OA as
being much different. I can personally recall being crushed
when I didn't get elected as Patrol Leader.
> Let's not get carried away and make the OA into anything
more than it really is...a private club <
Aaahhh. Here's where my opinion really differs. OA is not
a private club. OA members don't decide who gets to be a
member and who doesn't. OA is unique in this aspect,
members are elected and sent forth for induction by
Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, Service. What words more
concisely define being a Scout?
>Thats it for now...the opinions above are mine and mine
strongly in them, but respect your right to disagree.<
To all on this list, not only do I respect your right to
have an opinon different than mine, I am prepared to lay
down my life to defend that right.
Yours in ScOUTing,
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr.
CM Pack 225 and Black Hills District Committee
I used to be an Owl (W-CS-44) Working my Ticket