scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Call-out ceremonies
Thu May 11 2000 - 12:11:11 CDT
Mike Mc Abee <Gattati12@AOL.COM> Wrote on Thu, 11 May 2000 12:44:00
> unless someone at National has had second thoughts, at
>either the '94 or the '96 NOAC a National NOAC ceremony
Actually, I am almost certain that it was at the '92 NOAC, the
last one held at NOAC.
>- it is NOT A REQUIRED NATIONAL ceremony, but if you
>choose to use it you can not modify it.
It was a SUGGESTED ceremony, and I don't believe that there there
is any proscription on modifying it. I just checked the ceremony
pamphlet itself, and it does, indeed, say that it must be performed
WITHOUT MODIFICATION. However, it also says, inside the pamphlet,
that this is THE approved callout text, something which is contradicted
by the text on the callout which indicates that this is a "recommended"
ceremony. However, the current literature makes no mention of
this ceremony and clearly indicates that the text of callout
ceremonies is left to the lodge/chapter.
So, maybe a callout explanation is in order. My understanding
(and I was involved at the time, as I am now) was that the author
believed he was writing a ceremony which would become THE callout
ceremony. That never happened and, even by the time it was callout
in demonstrations at NOAC it had become only a suggested ceremony.
It should also be NOAC that to say that the ceremony, as then
written, was not well received would be an understatement. The
reaction during the NOAC was, if I recall correctly, almost universally
negative. The result was that, even NOAC each lodge was given
a copy of the ceremony in their "Focus Box" most lodges that
I am aware of never gave another thought to using this ceremony.
It is, however, still "out there," and I know of nothing that
would preclude a lodge or chapter from either using it as is,
or modifying it to improve it. In fact, I know of at least one
specific attempt to modify it which actually made it a very acceptable
callout. Hopefully, this draft, along with other suggestions
for callout ceremonies, will eventually get released, possibly
callout early as at this year's NOAC. Stay tuned.
> NOAC be curious to hear from someone on the
>National OA Committee as to what happened to the
>Nationally supplied but not required Call Out Ceremony
As I OA, I believe that nothing was officially done with the
ceremony once it was released.
Bruce E. Cobern
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