Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Post-Election Blues
Re: Post-Election Blues
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 21:51:17 -0600
Each elections as the Troop members (not just OA members but the whole
Troop) the following:
Taken Directly From the OA Election Ceremony:
"Who in this group is a friend to all and a brother to every other
Scout? Who is pleasant and easy to get along with? Is he kind and
helpful? In all, if you were a Tenderfoot Scout, would you like to hike
and camp with him?
"Who is cheerful, even when he has many tiresome jobs to do? Who smiles
wherever he can? Who obeys promptly and cheerfully? Does he control his
temper? If you were at camp with him for several weeks, do you think you
would enjoy it?
"Who is always ready to give unselfish and wholehearted service to
others? Who, in serving others, can forget his own desires and
interests? Who has served your unit all year round, faithfully
attending your meetings and helping with your service projects? Do you
think he will continue his service in the future? If you were his patrol
leader, could you count on him?
"In all, ask yourselves: Who in this group, by living up to the Scout
Oath or Promise, serves your fellow Scouts with such an example of
brotherhood and cheerfulness that you look up to him with respect and
If the Scouts are truthful with their ballots (a Scout is Trustworthy)
then the fact that a Scout is elected (or not) pretty much indicates how
the others in the Troop feel he measures up to the "standard". And if
not elected, what he needs to work on if he desires to be elected in the
future. He has to "walk the walk".
Yes, maybe sometimes in some units, the election might be a popularity
contest. But lets give the boys the benefit of the doubt. Even though
multiple votes can be cast ON A SINGLE BALLOT, to be elected, the
candidate still has to receive a majority. Some Scouts better exemplify
the Scout Oath and Law than others. That's why the Order of the Arrow is
an HONOR society - to honor those that do.
Off my Soapbox with my NoMex on.