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  1. Hi, This is one of the most interesting topics related the OA and one of the most abused. First and foremost it would be appropriate to say that using the material culture of a local tribe is a process fraught with trouble. For example, if you are in California, the clothing is likely to be none at all or very inappropriate sacred ceremonial clothing. Other regions have similar problems for Scouts. It is also the case that many tribes have not been well researched and there are no appropriate resources available. Now, let's address powwows: the clothing used at powwows is DANCE CLOTHING, not ceremonial clothing. I.e., it is not appropriate for ceremonials for the most part. Other than moccasins and porky hair roaches, most powwow clothing is just not right. Then there is the issue of our image of Native Americans. For the most part when we think of Native Americans, we see the image of Plains Indians: Sioux (Lakota), Crow, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, etc. The warbonnet, the headdress most closely associated with Native Americans, is a Sioux invention. It has become adopted universally by Native Americans, though. The horned headdress we think of for Meteu is also, in the main, a Plains headdress. There is something else that is of value to consider: there is so much research and published material on the ceremonial clothing of the Plains that it makes assembling such an outfit somewhat easier. That, in itself, is not controlling, but it is helpful. I am going to suggest something here that borders on heresy today: get a used copy or one of the new reprints (available from Crazy Crow) of the late Ben Hunt's Indian Crafts and Lore. Look at what he has to say about Sioux ceremonial outfits and you will be on the right track. You have to be careful when you use Hunt because his research was not complete. But if you stick to Sioux and ceremonial things, you will be okay. Another thing that is so easy to do these days is use search engines like Google to look for designs and patterns. When it comes to headdresses, you can buy them, but most are now made in Asia and are simply poorly made. However, making a warbonnet takes some skill and time. So, if you choose to buy one, make sure the feathers are white with black tips and that the base fluffs are white. There is so much more I would like to help you with, but this could go on forever. Just remember that using a pattern for pajamas with buckskin-color cloth is not a good idea! In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    other honor societies?

    Hi, Jeffrey, One of the oldest still in existence is the Tribe of Tahquitz, Long Beach Area Council, Long Beach California. Most of the early societies converted to Order of the Arrow lodges. In Southern California, the Tribe of Siwinis, serving both LA Area Council and Arrowhead Area Council, passed into oblivion and those councils started OA lodges named Siwinis (252, still in existance) and Wisumahi (478, now merged), respectively. There was a second Tribe of Tahquitz that served the Riverside County Council; it, too, became an OA Lodge, Tahquitz (127, now merged). There apparently was also a loose confederation between the two Tribes of Tahquitz. Yet another was the Tribe of Gorgonia that Served the Orange Empire Council. It became San Gorgonio Lodge (298, now merged). Not very many exist today since the OA became so popular and offered a number of advantages in terms of organization and national support. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Drum Teams

    Hi, again, I am delighted to hear that you are headed for NOAC: it is a great event! You may find, though, that Ceremonies tend to deal with how lines are delivered, etc., and do not focus on the accuracy of outfits. For that aspect, you must look mostly to AIA. There are also workshops on headdresses, beadwork, quillwork, and numerous other topics that may interest you. There are also classes galore! If you do come to the staff powwow (Gathering of Nations), you will see some excellent outfits. I will be in an Old Time Sioux outfit, but there will be outfits from many categories and all are generally top notch. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Drum Teams

    Hi, Hillis, You are truly on track to become an avid American Indian hobbyist. Are you going to NOAC? If so, you will have many opportunities to enhance your education in this area. AIA at NOAC is filled with classes and activities that will be of great help to you. There are singing classes in which you can learn either southern or northern. And you can meet Scouts from your area. I believe you are located in the SE; if so, you should look into attending the Carolina Indian Seminar and/or the Tiak Lodge Indian Seminar. Both of these are normally held around January and February. They are excellent events to attend if you want to learn from some of the same folks who teach at NOAC. Another item I should mention about NOAC are the competitions. There are dance competitions for 5 categories of dance and you will be able to see the best dancers and outfits in the OA. In addition there are craft competitions and there should be an "expo" in which staff members will display some of their best craft items. Finally, There are two powwows: one in which only staff dance ("The Gathering of Nations") and an open powwow ("The Founders' Day Powwow"). Both of these are fun events...and you should feel free to ask any staff member any questions you have. They are always happy to help. How do I know? Because I am on the AIA staff and I know my colleagues well! In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    historic tent question, shelter halfs?

    Hi, I joined the Boy Scouts in 1953 and my troop had no communal gear other than flags, flag poles, and cooking equipment. Each Scout was expected to have his own gear: back in those days equipment from World War II was in abundance. We all just visited a local, well-stocked war surplus store and got our gear. Each Scout got a shelter-half, one half of an Army or Marine puptent. I think our SM brought along a spare in case we had an odd number of Scouts, but you could make a lean-to type shelter if you did not want to have a whole puptent. Other equipment we had were US-issued packs, canteens and canteen carriers, web belts, and sleeping bags. Back in those days the sleeping bags were filled with kapoc, a plant-derived material that had the unfortunate property of soaking up water. It was not a good idea to let any rain fall on it! Times have changed so much with materials such as ripstop nylon, readily-available down, synthetic fill, etc. One more item that might amaze today's Scouts is how we were transported to campsites and trailheads: in the back of a stakebed truck. In fact, my post traveled from California to Philmont in the such a truck. No seats, seatbelts, etc. But it was a lot of fun...except when it was raining! Wisumahi
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    Old patches mix n match

    Hi, emb021! We wrote: ""(2) On the pocket I sewed a Philmont "Dollar" patch with 5 segments." "I was an Explorer in the 50's and earned all the patches that requiered earning. " Did you earn those segments? There were requirements for them. Personally, I would have gotten a 1950s Explorer shirt off eBay, rather then using a Venturing shirt. I have gotten several that way. "" Yes, I earned all all but two segments, Philmont Horseman and Frontiersman. At any rate I earned only have 5 and they are the ones on my shirt. I still have my old Philmont Program Hand Book with all the requirements and checklist that I used. Philmont was one of the most memorable highlights of my youth Scouting experience. I memorized the Philmont Grace and, if called upon to say grace at a Scouting event, I still use it. It is elegant in its simplicity. I have not tried to get a vintage uni shirt on eBay: that is a great idea. I still have one of my old uni shirts and much of my personal memoribilia. I was amazed at the prices on eBay for those items now. I was the last person in my lodge to get a felt Vigil sash: I see they now sell on eBay for ca. $1000! Had I known that in the 50's, I would have made a small investment in some spare sashes back then! In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Old patches mix n match

    Hi, Gang! Well, I decided awhile back to completely ignore the UP and make a retro-uni from some modern parts. So, I took a Venturing uni shirt, removed the Venturing patch over the right pocket and began adding patches. Here is the list: (1) Over the right pocket I sewed on a 50's Explorers patch. (2) On the pocket I sewed a Philmont "Dollar" patch with 5 segments. (3) On the pocket flap I sewed on a Wisumahi Lodge 478 S2 patch. (4) On the button I hung a 1950's OA ribbon with a 1950's Vigil triangle pin. (5) On the right sleeve I sewed on a CAW patch and a National Standard Explorer Unit patch (6) Over the left pocket I sewed on an Eagle knot and an Explorer Silver Award knot. (7) On the left sleeve I sewed on a RWS patches for San Bernardino and Calif; I also sewed on a Region 12 patch. I left the American flag on the right sleeve and the epaulets on the shoulders (but those might go before the next wash). I was an Explorer in the 50's and earned all the patches that requiered earning. In fact, they are all patches that I have had since my youth. Probably I have about $350 worth of patches on my uni. AND I love it! The OF's in my area are all thinking about doing the same! Wisumahi
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    scout law

    Gents, I hardly know where to start. I have read much of what B-P wrote what has been writen about him. Further, I have spent considerable time at B-P House in London and absorbing much of what is there, a wonderful experience. Here is an online list of the many books B-P wrote and he was a prolific writer: http://www.scouting.milestones.btinternet.co.uk/bpbooks.htm Let me point out a few: Reconnaissance and Scouting; this was written in the late 1800's and it is more than coincidental that Boy Scouts got its name based on military Scouting. B-P was a proponent of good military scouting and he chose the name for Boy Scouts very carefully. How Girls Can Help Build up the Empire; this was co-written in 1912 by B-P for girls and the title says it all! Marksmanship for Boys; Meant for Boy Scouts for wartime training. Written in 1915. The website featuring the bibliography also features this: http://www.scoutingmilestones.freeserve.co.uk/index.htm Remember, other than being the founder of Scouting, he was the "Hero of Mafeking", a significant siege during the Boer War. It was there he observed the Cadets and their great value to the military effort. He cited their service as one of the inspirations for Boy Scouts. B-P denied that Scouting was militaristic and, yet, at the same time he exulted in patriotism and stated that the kind of preparation Boy Scouting provided would be useful in wartime. Some authors think that he became sensitized to the notion that Scouting was early preparation for the military and he made statements to the contrary. However, the very words he selected to use such as Scouts and Patrol belied that. Remember B-P was a very literate man and could choose his words carefully! Here is an online list of many of the books written about B-P: http://www.scouting.milestones.btinternet.co.uk/books.htm Amongst them you will find some of the concepts I mentioned in my earlier note. I am not a B-P scholar and have contributed no primary knowledge about him: I merely have cited some of the many works I have read about him. Finally, I wish to note that B-P was a product of his time, Victorian England. He was as much an icon of those times as were Rudyard Kipling and Benjamin Disraeli. They all took great pride in the notion that "The sun never set on the British Empire." And that fact was closely associated with the British military. Wisumahi
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    scout law

    Hi, I think we sometimes forget that what Baden-Powell attempted to create was a paramilitary organization for middle and lower class boys. The very name, "scouts", is derived from the military function of persons whose job it was to sneak into enemy territory and get information for military planners. His experience in SA led him to believe that the men who were not officers, i.e., did not come from the upper classes, had insufficient background to prepare them for military duty in the sorts of places where the British Army did its work, the colonies in Africa and Asia. That is, they did not have the survival skills that would serve them well under conditions of the veldt, the bush, the "Road to Mandalay", etc. In addition, he felt that their upbringing may not have had the same kind of honor-enducing education that good-old-boy upper classes in Great Britain went through. Thus, they needed to be introduced to that through Scouting. All of this was directed at producing generations of young men who were well-prepared to step directly from a Scout uniform to a military uniform. In his day, the public (i.e., private) schools relied heavily on rote learning and Baden-Powell applied that to the Scout Law, for instance: one had to learn and repeat a rather cumbersome set of laws (compared to the American version) along with the more cumbersome commentary. Of course, the fun version of this was Kim's Game. At any rate, it was directed at educating the lower classes and at developing their memories in the same fashion that the priviledged upper classes experienced in their formal schooling. It is no mystery as to why "honour" and "loyalty" are at the top: these were two of the most important concepts one learned in the upper classes. If you will read some of the novels or poems of the time, "Beau Geste", "Gunga Din", etc., you will see these traits held in the highest esteem... on paper, at least. So, how important is reverence as a skill for a military scout on a dangerous mission? Wisumahi
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    Vigil Knot??

    John, you wrote: "It's way too much to expect perfect altruism (especially from me), thus plenty of adult recognition is a tool in the box for retaining Scouters." And I am fully on board. We cannot RECOGNIZE Scouters too much. They are wonderful folks who are devoted to helping young men along a pretty rocky path to a useful and fulfilling adulthood. I think we should take every opportunity to recognize the men and women who go the extra mile for our youth. Every opportunity and then some! However, let's do it in a dignified and adult-appropriate manner. I love the example of the small triangle on the OA ribbon. How much more dignified and appropriate that is compared to a bunch of beads and pouch or whatever hanging around one's neck. To recapitulate, all I am saying is save special places on the uniform for a few and very special awards. And what more special than the highest award that a Scout can EARN, the Eagle? In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Old uniform question

    Oops--I forgot one: on the right sleeve below your troop number, you put your position patch. Sorry, Wisumahi
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    Eagle service projects

    Hi, I earned my Eagle in 1956 and we had no Eagle Project. You had to earn 21 merit badges--and they were different than the required ones today--had been a Life Scout for 6 months, served your troop as a leader, and served your community in a variety of ways. I cannot remember if this was a BSA requirement, but in our troop one had to present letters from various community leaders indicating one's standing. One had to be from one's school's principal. I think the Eagle Project was a wonderful addition to the Eagle requirements. Wisumahi
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    Old uniform question

    Hi, fellow Scouts! Sorry for being so late in getting to this...too much rain here in Northern California! I was a Boy Scout from 1953 to 1956--at which point I became an Explorer--and I have to tell you that our uniforms were much less adorned than those of today. On the left sleeve we wore a city strip, a state strip and our unit's numbers; on our right sleeve we wore just our circular black and red patrol emblem--and up to 6 mbs on the long sleeve. On, under, or over our left pocket we wore service stars and attendance awards, our rank, and our AOL. Over our right pocket could wear a jambo patch, on flap we could wear an OA flap, on the pocket we could wear a "temporary" patch such as a camp patch, OA fellowship patch, etc, and, of course, we could wear an OA ribbon on the button. In 1960, the BSA issued a 50th Anniversary Acheivement patch: my buddies and I wore that below our right pocket, but I think it was officially supposed to go somewhere else. I just do not remember where. You could also wear an interpreter's strip that you earned. I can only remember two knots--and you had to be eighteen to retire your rank patch and switch to a knot(s). They were Eagle and the Explorer Silver Award. That was it: no epaulets, no American flags, no "Trained" strips and all the other badges that have spread out over our present day uniforms. It might be fun for you to find a 50's "Handbook for Boys" and have a look. Wisumahi
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    Vigil Knot??

    "I have always felt it inappropriate to critize others for their choices as to what knots they wear. We may not know what their reasons are, and it might NOT be for show or to brag." Hi, emb021! I guess I was not clear: I am not critical of the adults who wear all those myriad of knots. I am critical of the BSA for creating the opportunity. I think the BSA encourages an inappropriate display of awards on adults by having such awards in knot form. I also think it diminishes the importance of one of the most important things a Scout can achieve, the award of Eagle Scout. That said, I am also critical or lodges that have all these beaded geegaws and jimcracks to string around members' necks. My goodness, do we really need to look like some refugee from Mardi Gras as an indication of participation in OA events? You see, I like something more subtle and emblematic of the solemnity that I associate with things like Vigil: the perfect example is the one you mentioned, the small triangle that can be attached to one's OA pocket ribbon. Tell me that is less classy than a bunch of cheap beads and other ornaments strung on fake sinew or whatever other type of string is available that day. Well, I sorta felt I would get some slings and arrows for my retro-view of Scouting awards. But, just step back and take a look at today's uniforms and all the places we can put patches, etc. With the exception of the back of the shirt, there is hardly a barren spot left. Honesty, is that an improvement over the traditional uniforms of 50 years ago that I wore? If you have never seen such a uniform, look in an old "Handbook for Boys". Sometimes elegance is not at all complicated, but rather, understated. And sometimes elegance says it all. Remember it is still called BOY SCOUTS and not adult scouts. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Vigil Knot??

    Hi, John-in-KC! Thanks for the kind words. However, we may be in the very small minority. I have so many examples of what I believe to be over-awarding and going too far in the OA/Scouting. In my lodge (and many others) one is give beads of various colors for attending events. These are then strung on a necklace that one wears to OA events. In addition, things like pouches are added when one attains Vigil. I cannot express properly how foolish I think a 50 year-old looks wearing a necklace with all sorts of beads and fuu-fuus on in it. I mean, seriously, is that truly behavior that should be emulated by youth? I know a Scoutmaster who is just a prince of a man: he wears just one knot--and he can wear more-his Eagle. However, when you talk to him about his adult experience as an SM, all he wants to talk about is how many Eagles have sprouted their wings in his troop. I guess he reminds me of my late, sainted SM... But do not get me wrong: I think we should recognize the wonderful adults who work with Scouts. And recognize them regularly for their great service to youth. I just do not think we should plaster all those awards on adult uniforms. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Vigil Knot??

    Hi, MV Scouter, You wrote, "Vigil Honors for youth only? Does that include the Founders Award also? What about the Disinquished Service Award--for youth only too? " I guess I was not clear enough. I have been advocating eliminating all knots, save those earned as a Boy. I felt that Scouting is becoming excessively adult-award-and-display oriented. I did not say that we should eliminate adult awards, just the ostentatious display of those awards on the left chest. I actually feel that more appropriate awards for adults ARE the Founders' Award and the DSA. Further, you wrote, "I received my Vigil as an adult, and yes, it may sound crazy, but I too value the Vigil honor more than my Eagle award. As a youth, I did not have the maturity or life experience to fully comprehend the significance of my Eagle honor." It is a shame that you were not able to appreciate the true value of the Eagle. I remember my Eagle Court of Honor in 1956 very well: the Court was for the Eagle and Silver Awards only. There were just a few of us. We were really made to feel special. In addition, our Council had an Eagle Dinner every year and, again, we were made to feel very special. Further, so few Scouts earned Eagle that the oval emblem on one's left pocket really stood out. I have never checked the statistics personally, but we were told back then that less than 1 percent of all Scouts ever earned Eagle. That really made an impression on me...even at 13 years of age. So, if I sound like a curmudgeon, I apologize, I just feel that we spend too much time and effort awarding adults for what is a boy's activity. It seems to me that adults should get their joy from helping youth, not from wearing awards. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Vigil Knot??

    "Lest you forget, there is also the youth religious award knot." John, Mea Culpa! Thanks for reminding me. They were not available when I was a Scout and,so, were not on my horizon. And, yes, they, too, would fit what I think is appropriate: awards earned as a Scout. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Vigil Knot??

    Hola, Cary, que tal? "If they have a knot for most everything else, then why "knot" Vigil?" Actually, what I said was that I would do the opposite: eliminate most of the knots entirely. What I think would be more appropriate is to have Eagle, Silver Award, Arrow of Light, and, possibly, the heroism-related awards as the only knots. All the others, as far as I can tell, are for adults and I see little reason to have so many adult-oriented awards on BOY SCOUT uniforms. I think adults should get their satisfaction from seeing fine young boys turn into fine young men as a result of adult efforts--and leave the foliage on the uniform in a drawer or on the wall at home. Of course, I come from a generation when our Scout uniforms had much less adornment on them. I was a Scout in the 1950's and, believe me, the most decorated Scout's uniform was pretty barren compared to today's least decorated Scout, it seems. One more thing to consider: if only a few knots were allowed, it would make them much more important and really tell the world that they were truly meaningful. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Vigil Knot??

    Hi, Cary, One question: does not having a knot make you less proud? And a few comments: (1) The two are so very different. Eagle comes mainly as a result of one's own efforts. Vigil is entirely in the hands of other folks who judge one's contributions. (2) I earned my Eagle in 1956 and was honored with Vigil in 1959; I value both, but Eagle represented such a wonderful learning experience that I hold it in higher regard. (3) One item I have also pondered recently is whether Vigil should be like Eagle and just presented to youth? Adults would be given a different award to recognize their contributions. I guess it comes down to my current belief that Boy Scout awards are looking too much like Adult Scout awards. Wisumahi
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    Vigil Knot??

    Brothers, I would head the opposite direction and eliminate nearly all the knots! Sometimes, when I go to an event and see all those knots, I think that Boy Scouts should be called Adult Scouts. After all, nost are earned as an adult! My opinion is that we should have knots representing Eagle, Silver Award and one or two more that are truly significant to what one earned as BOY. An adult can be proud of his acheivements as an adult and take great pride in helping to make men grow up to be fine adults without having to display all sorts of ribbons on his chest. There is a pejorative term for a soul who wears a uniform with excess foliage on it that refers to various superior officers from other countries. I sometimes feel like it would apply to a number of Scouters... Just one old man's opinion. Come forth with the slings and arrows! Wisumahi
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    NOAC 2006

    Hi, Here is the latest update on NOAC 2006: http://www.oa-bsa.org/bulletin/nb-q3-05.pdf There will be a NOAC 2006 website after November at http://noac.oa-bsa.org. According the the update, you will be able to register at that site. I hope this helps. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Whats going to happen to NOAC in 2010?

    Brothers, emb021 wrote: "Someone at OA National said basically there is no need for one, as we do the same sort of things at NOAC. Sorry, but as a member of AIA (American Indian Activities) staff both at Indian Summer and the past NOAC (when we incorporated a lot of the craft stuff we did at IS), I can say there is NO comparison" And that is the truth: there is nothing on the National level like AIA at NOAC or like Indian Summer if we do not specifically schedule that type of activity. Beyond that, did you know that the most well attended (and, presumably popular) activities at NOAC are those in the AIA program? It would be a travesty to not have something like Indian Summer in conjunction with whatever Extravaganza we have in 2008. I cannot imagine going from 2006 to 2011 with no AIA activity on the national level! Time to start discussing this with Lodge Advisors, Regional Chiefs, and at NOAC 2006. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    NOAC 2006

    Hi, The NOAC Staff Leaders have now started discussions re program, staffing, budgets, etc. But so far there have been no official announcements made. My best advice is to keep a daily watch on this site: http://www.live.oa-bsa.org/events/n2004/live/thumorn/noac2006.htm I would hazard a guess that we should hear something by mid-November. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    I can't be the only one????

    Hi, If you check out my "e-name", you will see that my OA career is related to Cahuilla...all the way back to the 50's. In that distant era I was a member of Wisumahi Lodge #478, one of the lodges that merged to form Cahuilla. To boot, I am now a member of Ut In Selica! NOAC 2006 is on the horizon and I hope all you Westerners are planning to be there. Last year Wiatava had a huge contingent that was very impressive. I can still see all those "yellow gearheads" lining up for the Founders' Day Show: it seemed like there were thousands! And let me put in a word for my specialty, American Indian Activities. NOAC always had a great program in that area AND it is the most well-attended of all the NOAC areas. If you want to see some of the very best outfits in the OA, be sure to come to the "Gathering of Nations Powwow": that is where the AIA Staff shows off its stuff. Then be certain to come to the dance competitions where you will see the very best outfits and dancing that the OA youth has to offer. I am certain you will be impressed. In Brotherhood, Wisumahi
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    Call-Out v. Tap-Out

    I was tapped out in 1954 and it was a memorable ceremony. The OA Tap Out Team faced each Scout at the campfire circle and Allowat Sakima, the final member of the team, did the tap out. In later years, I had the pleasure of being Allowat Sakima and was advised to not tap with excessive force. I believe that Lodge Advisors can play a vital role in making certain that there is no hazing or gratuitous "violence" in doing the Tap Out. I also believe that the Tap Out Ceremony is much more impressive and has a more lasting image than a Calling Out Ceremony. Let's not make Scouting so bland that it becomes boring! Oh, yes, well-made, reasonably authentic looking outfits in the light of a campfire make for a breath-taking scene. Lately we made a determined effort to have good outfits and a well-prepared team for this ceremony. At a recent camporee you could hear a pin drop when the team came before the Scouts. Many, many SM's complimented us on our "new approach"--which was actually over 50 years old! Wisumahi
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