Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Post-Election Blues
Re: Post-Election Blues
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 22:51:52 -0600
> From: R Fisher <ghotier@TEXAS.NET>
> Subject: Re: Post-Election Blues
> Each elections as the Troop members (not just OA members but the
> whole Troop) the following:
> Taken Directly From the OA Election Ceremony:
<<clip of what is needed to earn the election honor>>
> 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".
I have been looking for the right place to jump into the conversation.
This might be it.
In my son's previous troop, 8-9 boys 'happened' to make 2nd Class in
March and 'happened' to make 1st Class in June. Just in time to be
eligible for election. SM approved all to stand for election. And was
'surprised' when this group of Scouts managed to elect themselves
collectively into OA. ( Except for the one Scout who happened to
_not_ attend the same middle school as the others! )
The SPL ( who stood for election ) made sure that this young man
knew he had not 'made it' as all the rest had. Yes, I know that was
a gross corruption of how the system is supposed to work. But
don't tell me about the pain of not being elected. I saw the pain of
that Scout seeing (and knowing) others less worthy being elected.
( And no, he was _not_ my son. But I was not going to leave my
son in a troop that fosters such cruelty. )
It is/was a young troop. A small troop. Adult led. And going nowhere.
> 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.
No flames from me. But certainly a different perspective.
ASM, Troop #42
Des Moines, Iowa
> Roy Fisher