Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: New OA Election process
Re: New OA Election process
Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:46:08 -0500
Conrad Shultz wrote:
> As many have stated, losing is part of life. A few have talked about how
> devastating it is to not be elected. There is a message in not being
> elected. It is that they need to work harder to live up to the Oath and
> in their daily lives.
To me, there are two problems with the current process.
The first problem is where there is a candidate who does live the Oath and
Law, but is unpopular with his peers. This could be for any reason - he's
"dorky", he doesn't like to play rough games, he's so much smarter than them
in school, etc. While the SM and the election team can do everything they
can to stress that the election should not be a popularity contest, some
youth just don't get it.
The second problem is one of timing. I agree that not getting elected can
be a "wake up" call to some scouts. However, to a youth waiting a whole
year until the next election might as well be eternity. I wish that there
was some way for them to get "interim" feedback from their peers to show
them that they can change their behavior and therefore change how they are
perceived by the troop.
I don't have any solutions ready to propose, but I am troubled by the
negative aspect of the election process.
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