scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: OA candidates
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Fri Jun 02 2000 - 21:54:12 CDT
At 07:31 AM 6/2/00 -0700, Bob and Rusty Taylor wrote:
>we have Scouts from our unit that are never again seen at OA functions
>after completing the Ordeal Ceremony.
Happens here too, even in a Troop with leaders who are very pro-OA.
> your thoughts on where to start and how to start "fixing" this problem
>would be appreciated. my personal feelings are that if the unit and the
>parents are not willing to provide the support for a Scout to participate
>in OA, even in a minimal sort of way, that it the honor becomes meaningless
>and the Scout should not even be nominated for OA.
Oh, I don't know. I don't see that lack of participation makes the honor
meaningless. Might be one of those things that doesn't mean quite so much
at the time but becomes more meaningful later on.
As to "fixing the problem" I see it as more of a Lodge problem than a Troop
one. The Lodge probably needs to do more to convince new members to stick
around and participate. They also need to sell Scoutmasters on the idea
that OA is good for the Troop--which it can be. And at the very least the
Troops should plan so their activities don't conflict with OA functions.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster Outside of a dog a book is
Troop 736 Man's best friend. Inside
Beaver Dam, Wisc. of a dog it's too dark