scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: OA- INCOMPLETE?
Sun Feb 27 2000 - 08:45:15 CST
In a message dated 00-02-26 21:53:22 EST, Bob Cutting wrote:
<< candidates elected at last summer's camp did not do anything further, ie
ordeal. what are the rules for the future? <are> they subject to another
election and must begin over or are they ineligible. >>
"To become a candidate again, <the Scout> must be reelected." All he has
to do is meet the same requirements as when he was previously elected; simply
failing to complete the Ordeal one year does not render a Scout ineligible
<< can the sm determine they are ineligible because of incompletion and
of scout spirit. >>
"To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout...must...have the approval
of his unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify his
Scouting spirit, his adherence to the Scout Oath and Law, and participation
in unit activities." If a boy can't meet these simple requirements now, why
should he be expected to do so in the future. And you are elected to the OA,
not for what you have done, but for what you will do.
And you'll note that the OA has it in writing that a Scout who
"participates in at least some unit activities during the year is considered
to be a registered active member...." Simply holding a current membership in
BSA is NOT sufficient to meet the definition of 'active.'
All the above quotes are taken from the "Order of the Arrow Guide for
Officers and Advisors."
Ralph V. Balfoort, Unit Commissioner
I used to be a Beaver.... (NE III-135)
In the Beaver Patrol as a Scout, too,
and now Ktemaque (Beaver) Chapter,
Haudenosaunee Lodge #19, OA