scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: OA elections Notifications
Roman J. Smith (Roman.J.Smith.13@ND.EDU
Thu Jun 29 2000 - 06:54:04 CDT
Murphy Peter writes
>Last week I had to deal with the second kind of response.
>Immediately after the call out, one of my disappointed Scouts
>had to "ask" in front of the entire troop "Mr. Murphy, why
>OA elections just a big popularity contest?"
Our troop is quite active in the OA as it has been in the past. I firmly
believe that OA elections are a popularity contest. When scouts are not
elected, I inform them that they can be elected by doing those things that
the "popular" scouts do that get them elected.
Scouts who are the fist in line to carry equipment, do the grunt work of a
service project, complement the cooks at dinner, clean up their own area
and then the troop area are the type of scouts that are popular.
This past spring we had 1 of 4 eligible scouts elected. Before we left for
summer camp I told the troop that some of the eligible scouts may have been
elected. I informed them that those tapped out would take a little longer
to get back to the trading post after the campfire and let their parents be
aware of that. I then asked one of our scouts to speak to the troop. He
was not elected until his third year of eligibility and was devastated the
first two years. He gave a great speech on what to do when you are not
elected. He told them to talk to the SM right away and let him know what
you are feeling. He told them to talk the SPL and SM and find out what he
needs to do to improve his scout spirit and attitude. It helped all of the
scouts who were not elected to get over the initial disappointment.
Roman J. Smith, SM Troop 505 / CM, Ship 505
-I used to be an Owl