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HashTagScouts,

 

Welcome to the new and improved OA. Anyone at anytime. No batteries required. Just get them in, and then guilt them towards their Brotherhood. Our new lodge advisor is someone I've known for a long time. Has been everywhere, and started as a scoutmaster. Great person. Has also been active in the OA. He has always attended the chapter meetings. Since becoming the lodge advisor, his tune has changed drastically. He personally was handing out lodge provided illegibility (for Brotherhood) lists to our chapter scouts just before our last Service Weekend (Ordeal). He wanted them to call them, e-mail them, text them, whatever works, but do it! Ge them registered.

The spirit has changed in our lodge. Elections for all troops are pushed hard. Quantity might be up. But the quality is way down. Lots of scouts joining, but every event I attend, the turnover rate has to be high, because I see all new faces. How young can you be to be nominated for the OA????? I know I'm getting older, but give me a break.

Oh well, I have my memories.

sst3rd

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I too would rather 10 serious Arrowman, than 100 going through the motions.

I remember upsetting a SM when I stated that those who are not interested in the OA could leave their names off the ballots, and several of his Scouts volunteered NOT to be on the ballot. This is the Same SM who had a bunch of Arrowman in the troop, but none active

I knew this would happen when they changed the election process in the 1990s.  I just didn't know how long it would take. Combined with some other decisions by national OA, specifically the new new AOL and Cross Over Policies, I do not see anything inspiring Scouts to be interested. 

And of course, the poor Call Out Ceremony I attended really upset people.

 

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On 11/14/2019 at 10:12 PM, sst3rd said:

HashTagScouts,

 

Welcome to the new and improved OA. Anyone at anytime. No batteries required. Just get them in, and then guilt them towards their Brotherhood. Our new lodge advisor is someone I've known for a long time. Has been everywhere, and started as a scoutmaster. Great person. Has also been active in the OA. He has always attended the chapter meetings. Since becoming the lodge advisor, his tune has changed drastically. He personally was handing out lodge provided illegibility (for Brotherhood) lists to our chapter scouts just before our last Service Weekend (Ordeal). He wanted them to call them, e-mail them, text them, whatever works, but do it! Ge them registered.

The spirit has changed in our lodge. Elections for all troops are pushed hard. Quantity might be up. But the quality is way down. Lots of scouts joining, but every event I attend, the turnover rate has to be high, because I see all new faces. How young can you be to be nominated for the OA????? I know I'm getting older, but give me a break.

Oh well, I have my memories.

sst3rd

I've gotta think that in a Scouting program that is contracting, this is going to be an all too common occurrence.  A lodge/chapter structure setup when Scouting had two or three times the members is going to struggle and try to figure out how to have critical mass.  Like others, I'd rather see 10 committed members than 100 members who don't care. 

I'm getting the impression that many of these chapters are at the point where there are 10 members all looking at each other and saying "where is everyone?"  So you're the chapter chief in a district with 500 Scouts and 10 members in the OA.  What do you do?

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I was one of those who was indifferent about the OA scene due to time constraints and other issues.  Over time due to arm twisting, I became more involved, and so has my son.  Yes, there are youth that should not be there, and are troublemakers, but it is no sin to rally the troops, and encourage youth and adults to serve.  We should be reminded that the chief goal of scouting is to develop young men into engaged citizens and leaders of the future.  Being tapped is not an award for the self involved overachievers, but a call to service.  Relationships and strengthening the bonds of brotherhood will develop if people serve.

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