Re: [Scouter_T] OT: OA Question
- According to the eligibility requirements, the youth has to have earned the
rank of First Class. Since a female cannot earn that rank, I would say they
would not be eligible as a youth. Haven't seen anything specific in writing
that says a female youth can or cannot be a member. Check the Order of the
Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisers for an exact answer.
When I was looking into this, I found that a Lone Scout also cannot join the
OA as a youth. This is because he has to be elected by other youth in his
unit. If he's a Lone Scout, there is no one to elect him. Also, the youth
elected to the OA are to return service to their unit and inspire others to be
better scouts. If he's the only one, there is no one to inspire.
Pack 230 Apopka Florida
Troop 936 Longwood Florida
Wekiwa District Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
...and a good 'ol Bobwhite too! SR442
"PackDude" at Scoutboard.com
Quoting Sean Scott <sscott@...>:
> Sorry for the off-topic post, but this question recently came up and I
> figure someone here would know:
> Can a female youth member of a Venturing Crew be elected into the OA?
> Yours in Scouting,
> Sean Scott
> Assistant Council Commissioner, Webmaster
> California Inland Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America
- --- In email@example.com, "Sean Scott" <sscott@a...> wrote:
> Sorry for the off-topic post, but this question recently came upand I
> figure someone here would know:OA?
> Can a female youth member of a Venturing Crew be elected into the
First, the Order of the Arrow is an honor society for the Boy Scout
division of the BSA. This includes Troops and Teams (Varsity
Scouts). No one can be elected by a Venturing Crew, male or female.
Second, to be elected, you must hold at least First Class rank.
Since females cannot earn rank (no one can earn rank below First
class in a Crew), this also makes them not electable.
Either of these requirements be themselves makes it impossible for
female Crew members to be elected. Both would have to be changed for
that to happen.