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    • Let's keep this a courteous discussion where different opinions are expressed and not a argument that some one has to win.  Thanks.
    • In my area you are allowed two adult candidates for every three Scouts elected; rounding up if you don't have a multiple of 3 exactly. So if four Scouts were elected you can nominate two adults AND you as Scoutmaster. The SM does not count against the total of adults nominated. This doc should help. Some units will arrange to have the adults and Scouts attend the same Ordeal. You are usually broken up into different groups. That's about all I can say really without spoiling too much. You council's Lodge should have a set of dates so you can coordinate with the others. It is like a camp out, sort of. Expect the first night to be interesting. The second night should be quiet. Your Lodge will tell you what to bring. It is kind of a personal experience if it is done correctly.
    • Citizen militia members of the time typically did not own personal canon, swords or bayonets. They did not own many of the weapons (or shot) that most of the military used or had access to. The Founding Fathers could never envision the proliferation and variety of weapons available today.Their intent was to allow the people to defend themselves and rise up to meet any challenge from an opposing foreign power or government (even our own). They did not mean for the right to bear arms to be equal to that of the military, per se. Which is why the 2nd Amendment reads in full "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This does not mean that the people have the right to have the same weapons as the military. 
    • I was not involved in OA as a Scout, and I am just now becoming familiar with OA as a Scoutmaster. Our troop recently conducted our first OA election with four candidates elected. I am also qualified with the required camping nights, but the lodge representatives said I did not need to be included on the ballot. Just to become more knowledgeable about OA, I feel like I (or some other adult leader in our troop) should go through the ordeal and become involved if I am sending off some of my Scouts. For lack of information, I am a bit apprehensive. Blind are leading the blind right now when it comes to OA.  
    • The COR is what they choose to be. They can be a paper official,  or take an active role, be there to help make decisions.  "Offishully"  , the COR and IH decide and approve who is and who is not the Unit Leaders.  It is their signature on the appointments and applications, yes? When  Chicago Council set about disassembling their camps, it was the volunteers that got the Council Voting Members (the CORs) together and embarrassed the Chicago Council leaders AND National, who thought they had a slam dunk in selling off all the camps.  Owasippee is still there, thanks to the CORs who got together and voted their votes, finally, and made the stink and reminded the County Boards who should be in charge.   Lots of discussion on Scouter.com about it.    AND   https://www.michigan-sportsman.com/forum/threads/owasippe-scout-property-in-jeopardy.90741/
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