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  1. Hello, some of you may now know me as the kid who really wants to join the OA. Well I am here to tell you guys that my journey has come to a sad end. I have tried all chances to join but none of them have turned out. My SM denied an election, surrounding troops wouldnt do dual enrollment, and even the lodge in the council neighboring has "ghosted' me. So I wish you all the best of luck with your journeys and you are truly all lucky to be involved in such a great organization and brotherhood. - A friend in scouting,
  2. my troop also requires a leadership camp for all scouts getting First Class. Most of our troops scouts get first class in their 8th grade year, they are then PL for their 9th grade year completing the Star req, after the PL year the scout is inducted into our troops "staff" which completes the Life leadership req.
  3. My troop does things a little differently, patrol leaders are limited to one year. We have a semi training program which generally lasts 1 month. The program teaches new scouts some of the most basic skills ie... knot tying, flag folding, basic knife safety. Basic skills for any scouts. After that one patrol leader gets all of the newest scouts in their patrol, generally the most responsible PL. This is how my troop has done it for 80 years and it worked great.
  4. Thank you so much for your input, as of right now I couldnt leave my current troop it just means to much to me. Its not unheard of in my troop for scouts to switch troops because of disagreements with our SM. If I did dual membership and spent time getting to know the scouts, camp, going to meetings, and service projects I feel I might have a chance at election, but wouldnt it be odd if I had no rank advancment in my newer troop?
  5. This might be slightly off topic for this, but if I am considering option #3 right no. Does anyone think that another troop would take offense if I do a dual membership thing just to join the OA?
  6. Any words you would use to explain to your SM why the OA is good? I think my SM is ok with me joining but doesnt want to introduce the rest of the troop to it, which would make it very hard to have an election.
  7. been there, done that, got an email back from them saying they would contact me to set up an election🤣
  8. Thank you for your help so much, I will update the forum following my scoutmasters decision on an election.
  9. Ah I think thats what my SM is trying to avoid, he thinks the arrow steals scouts. I am willing to bet I am the only scout in a very large troop who actually knows what the arrow is. I get the sense he is okay with me joining the arrow but wants to keep it under the rug so other scouts dont try and join.
  10. As far as the election goes, do you have to run or is everyone qualified included.
  11. Thank you for this information, what troop does your name refer to?
  12. I am a youth but my troop doesnt support the Order of The Arrow, but my scoutmaster said I am welcome to pursue it on my own. Unsure if that is a possibility.
  13. Hello, I am not sure if anyone is going to respond to this but. Recently I have found the OA, seeing that I met the member ship requirments I contacted my scoutmaster about joining. He informed me that my troop does not support the OA for multiple reasons but that if I wanted to pursue this on my own I was more then welcome to pursue this on my own if I wish. I contacted my local lodge expressing my interest and the head adviser of the lodge got back to me saying that "We will have the youth in charge contact you and your scoutmaster to conduct the election. What do I do now?
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