Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: OA Disappointment Factor/Micosay
OA Disappointment Factor/Micosay
Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:37:12 -0600
Hi All and season's greetings,
I've been following the thread about the "disappointment factor" following
OA Callout ceremonies or elections. I wrote the OA callout ceremony for
our district and am, following this discussion, changing it to include at
the top of the ceremony, a speech that I will pattern after our Micosay
Call Night Ceremony. Don't know why I didn't think of this earlier.
The Micosay Call Night ceremony is open to all scouts and scouters so I'm
not giving away any confidential information and besides, I'm not gonna
"quote it". The speech is usually given by the camp director or sometimes
by a Chieftain in the Tribe. The story concerns the disappointment of not
hearing your name called that night at the ceremony. There is a wonderful
story told about the scout reservation having all sorts of trees....small
seedlings that are easily trampled by a scout's boot, tender and striving
to grow......saplings that are getting stronger.....and mighty oak trees
that provide shelter and sustinance for others. The teller likens a
scout's development in scouting to those stages of tree growth. Without
going into any Micosay tibal custom, let me just say that members of the
tribe are NOT elected by scouts. The teller of the story relates that when
the time comes about that the scout is strong and seasoned enough, he will
be asked to join the tribe. He assures the scouts who are not called that
"there is no mark against your name" and that it is simply a matter of a
scouts "growth" in the eyes of the tribal council.....and some scouts hit
this level at different ages, ranks, levels of spirit, etc. Most scouts
respond quite well to this explanation. Oh sure, there are sometimes some
very disappointed scouts but frankly, I have observed that this occurs most
often when a parent or older scout has "pumped" the scout up before the
ceremony......we certainly try to elliminate this kind of behavior.
Those of you who are OA Chapter advisers, on camp C-teams or are in some
fashion in a position to have influence on the content of the callout
ceremony or election protocol might want to consider including something to
this effect in your script.
Again, the warmest of holiday wishes and especially wishes for
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
BS RT Comm, Pelathe Dist
Heart of America Council Eagle Class of 1963
ASM, T-55, Lawrence, Kansas Brotherhood, Tamegonit Lodge
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