scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: OA at RT?
Joyce and Jerry Johnson (jjj39@IDT.NET
Wed Mar 29 2000 - 15:33:59 CST
For many years now our Order of the Arrow Chapter has met at the same
time, same facility, in a different area, during Roundtable Night.
The advantages have been:
* Better adult participation at Roundtable because the youth need
* Better youth participation because the adult leaders are going the
* Better communication between the OA and Scoutmasters.
* Shared Programs.
A Few Examples:
Our Chapter organizes and runs the District Camporee. The youth are
invited into the Roundtable Session to share Camporee Information,
are on hand to take pre-registration and answer all questions.
We have Council Winter Camp and each Chapter rotates responsibilities
on staffing. At the chapter meetings the youth will make a
commitment to staff and often is unable to confirm transportation.
With the adults next door all details are usually worked out right
after the meeting. (the youth don't break into RT, parking lot
meetings are always popular after scheduled meetings).
During Camp Promotion and Unit Elections the OA youth are invited
into the Roundtable meeting to give explanation and purpose to all
Unit Leaders. The youth post a calendar where the Unit Leader can
sign-up. Often the Senior Patrol Leader will be attending the OA
Meeting and the SM will be at Roundtable, they can agree upon a date
and the sign-up rather hassle free.
There have been Roundtable Programs that the OA has been invited to
attend. The Chapter will have their business meeting, attend the
Roundtable Program, (camping-hikes-reptiles etc.), then they will go
back to their activities.
There have been Roundtable Programs that the OA has been requested to
help with. Different stations set up for First Aid, Cooking, etc.
Conflicts have mainly been when the Church Facilities has need of the
rooms allocated to the Scouts. But being good Scouters - there
always has been a plan B.
In our Chapter we encourage and state - "Unit is #1". Most Unit
Leaders like the enthusiasm that the Order of the Arrow youth take
back to their units. They know the Order of the Arrow youth are
gaining new leadership skills that will only enhance the Unit levels.
Finally, most Districts have volunteers that wear many hats. In
wearing those many hats we take each responsibility very serious. In
some circumstances it is important to split our time between
Cub/Scout/OA meetings. No one selects one event over the other.
When responsibilities requires it, one does it.
The OA/Roundtable joint nights has not hurt our Program or pulled
youth or adults away from responsibilities.
The only problem I see in the future is if the Activities Vice Chief
is able to get the Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals as part of his OA
Chapter Meeting Program - most of the Roundtable will want to
Chief Seattle Council