scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: OA candidates
Conrad Shultz (shultzc@HOME.COM
Sat Jun 03 2000 - 03:14:11 CDT
> > 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
> >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.
Remember that membership in the OA is given not for what you have done, but
for what you are expected to do in the future. That said, it does not
necessarily mean in OA, though that would be nice too. It also means at the
unit level, in the community, etc.
> As to "fixing the problem" I see it as more of a Lodge problem than a
> 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.
That is absolutely right, and there is a new Eagle sanctioned (if that's the
right word) leadership position, the OA Troop Representative (and for
Varsity Teams, the OA Team Representative), to facilitate this. All Lodges
that sent delegate(s) to the National Leadership Summit last year should be
familiar with this position and should be developing a program to implement
it. I know that some Lodges have failing programs and may even have
leadership failure, but that can be fixed with time and effort.
Unfortunately, it is not so easy for some SMs to acknowledge OA as an
integral part of the Boy Scouts. I know one SM in my district who, due to
his failure to be elected when he was a youth (or so I'm told), holds a
grudge to this day, and that will likely never change. Though he won't
support OA, at least he permits it in his unit. What we can do about
situations like this, I do not know (though any advice would be
Just my two cents worth, as an overactive OA member.
Yours in the Spirit of the Arrow,
Membership Vice-Chief, Tsisqan Lodge #253, Order of the Arrow