Apache District Chairman Message

To Apache Unit Leaders:

OA Adult Nominations

DISTRICT CHAIRMAN PatchThe Order of the Arrow is BSA's National Camping Honor Society, run by youth for youth members, with adult guidance and support.  Adult membership in the Catawba Lodge of the Order of the Arrow is vital to the health of the Lodge and to the recruitment, retention, and support of youth OA members.  In contrast to the process of unit elections for youth OA Ordeal candidates usually held from January into April, adult OA Ordeal candidates must be recommended by the Unit Committee to the Lodge Adult Selection Committee.

"Because the Order of the Arrow is principally a youth organization, unit, district, and council Scouters are not elected to membership as recognition. Election into the Order should take place only when the adult’s job in Boy Scouting or Varsity Scouting will make the Order of the Arrow membership more meaningful in the lives of the youth membership."
"Adults may be recommended for membership only one time per year as either unit Scouters or district/council Scouters, but not both. How they are recommended depends on where they maintain their primary registration. "

Although it may seem irrelevant for Cub leaders to receive this communication, all Cub leaders should be familiar with the Order of the Arrow as a service organization.  Further, many Cub leaders of 2012-2013 will eventually cross-over into Boy Scout units with their sons, and by 2016-2017, many of these leaders will be potentially eligible for OA nominations from their troops.  This communication is intended to begin to build interest in the OA, an interest that will mature in the next 3 to 7 years.

Adult leaders in units: 

Each unit may recommend one adult for each 50 active registered youth members of the unit.  Each potential adult candidate must meet each of 4 requirements:

1.  Selection of the adult is based on the ability to perform the necessary function to help the Order fulfill its purposes, and not for recognition of service, including current or prior achievement and position.

2.  The individual will be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities that fulfill the purpose of the Order.

3.  The camping requirements set forth for youth members are fulfilled. 
[The youth camping requirement is: 
After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.]

4.  The adult leaders’ membership will provide a positive role model for the growth and development of the youth members of the lodge.

Adult leaders in council and district positions:

The lodge adviser, district chairman, council president, or members of the professional staff may recommend adults to the lodge adult selection committee.  For these recommended adults, camping requirements may be waived.

During 2012-2013, leading up to Ordeals in May, June, and August of 2013, Apache District will be aggressively recruiting recommendations for adult OA Ordeal candidates  from its units.  Adult active in the OA enhance the unit's and the Catawba Lodge's youth activities.  Because a number of adults may be attending summer camp (for 6 days and 5 nights) with their home units this summer, that level of participation may help to qualify them for recommendation.  We bring these considerations forward to you now to promote these requirements within your units so that qualified adults can work toward completing their camping requirements and so that the nomination process can begin with eventual goal of qualified nominees participating in the Apache Callout in April and in one of the three Ordeals (May, June, August) in 2013.

You can read about the selection of OA Ordeal candidates at these reference sites:

http://www.oa-bsa.org/programs/ttr/unit_elections_policy.php

http://www.oa-bsa.org/resources/forms/OA-Election-Forms.pdf

As a practical matter, when a unit has identified an adult who has potential for OA membership, please contact

Greg Buehner
Apache Chapter OA Adviser
gbuehner@pikapp.org
Cell #  319-231-5470

He can work with the Troop OA Representative, the Unit Committee, and the potential candidate on the details of the selection process, with sensitvity to the adult qualifications, interviews, and timing of selection on the Catawba Lodge calendar.

Attached are Nomination Forms.  Please submit completed forms to Greg Buehner.

OA Adult Nomination Form page 1 (pdf)

OA Adult Nomination Form page 2 (pdf)

Stuart Tucker
Apache District Chairman 2012-2013

 


 

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