scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Ref: OA Attendence
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG
Mon Jun 12 2000 - 12:04:09 CDT
Hank's comments regarding OA are right on the money in most respects, in
particular his caution about judging boys by boy standards and adults by
adult standards. Those of us active in OA are explicitly encouraged to
follow this sage advice.
A couple of additional points: first, no one should be too concerned about
a scout who rarely if ever sets foot in another OA meeting after his
Ordeal. As long as he is active in his troop and helping the troop camping
program and giving leadership in the troop, he is fulfilling his primary
responsibility as an arrowman, which is to his troop. In fact,
lodge/chapter officers and advisers (youth and adults, respectively) are
encouraged not to schedule too many OA meetings or functions, so as not to
cause a scout to have to choose between troop and lodge/chapter events.
Second, the idea that a scout shouldn't allow his name to be put forward
for election to the Order in order to allow another, perhaps more
deserving, scout a chance to be elected isn't how it works. Under the
current election rules, any scout who is 1) first class, 2) meets the
camping requirement, and 3) has the recommendation of his scoutmaster, is
eligible for election. The unit can elect every single eligible candidate
in the ensuing election; thus one kid's election will not keep another kid
from being elected. It used to be that only half the eligible scouts could
be elected; this is no longer the case.
Of course, there may well be good reasons why a kid should decline to be
nominated for election; I certainly don't quarrel with most of the post
that Hank was responding to. It's just that one kid getting elected won't
keep another kid from being elected as well.
In fact, the scouts in my troop have been just about infallible in their
judgments as to who gets elected and who does not. So trust the boys to
make the right decision here--they're almost always right on the money.
OA is a great program for keeping older boys involved and active in BSA; I
hope all you scoutmasters out there are supportive and encouraging toward
it. It's really aimed at helping you and your camping program!
YiS & WWW,
Colonial Chapter, Amangamek Wipit Lodge 470
Order of the Arrow, BSA