Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Post-Election Blues was "New OA Election Process"
Re: Post-Election Blues was "New OA Election Process"
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 16:45:15 -0800
>Mike Mc Abee Wrote:
>[Other Requirements Deleted For Space]
> - Scoutmaster's recommendation
That is (slightly) incorrect. The requirements state "Scoutmaster
NOT "Recommendation." The implications are that the SM can veto
BEFORE an election, but not after. No 'recommendation' in the
sense of the word is needed.
> With this as a base and "proper and correct explanation" of the OA, the
>election process and what the election means, the ideas of "best" or
>"unworthy" should not come up.
> Moreover, w/ the creation of the OA Rep, "myths", wrong or outdated
Careful about this. The Troop Rep is pretty low on the food chain, so
in OA. Changes from National usually, at best, reaches the lodge key 3
adviser, staff adviser) and sits there, unless one of them decides to
pass on the
info to the Vice-Chief who is in charge of the Troop Rep Chairman, or
chapter advisers. From there, it is given to the Rep Chairman at the
level in some chapters, or in others to the chapter vice-chief to give
to the chair.
Finally, the chapter rep chairman gives the info to the reps.
Thus, it can be a while before they get the most current info.
>concerns regarding terms or concepts can be clarified. By the time a unit
>holds an election, every boy and Adult in a unit should fully understand
>they're doing and
>no youth should be "traumatized" when he isn't elected.
On the topic of youth and adult elections, it is important to recognize
For Scouts it is a pure honor. They are elected by their peers.
For adults, it too is an honor, but they are not elected to be honored.
elected to help the youth succeed, be it in driving them to events or
as advisers. In regards to election, it is WAY different:
Unlike youth, only ONE adult per unit may be selected unless they are
co-registered at the district, council, or higher level. The unit
committee (troop or
team committee) selects a name, if they want an adult called out that
year, and they
submit it to the COUNCIL committee for final approval (this isn't
actual committee, but a subgroup of OA adults, like the chapter
adviser, lodge staff adviser, council exec). If they are approved, then
called out as normal (I believe that to be eligible they must have the
requirement completed like the youth). I hope this clears up the
else may have that I had my first few days of the Membership Vice-Chief
Yours in Scouting,