OA was once a " national brotherhood of honor campers" and, later, "The National Society of Scout Honor Campers." Those descriptions seems to have gone away. Still . . .
We know what is required by National Council. http://www.oa-bsa.or...and-induction Within two years of being a candidate for election, each candidate must have experienced fifteen nights of "Boy Scout camping," which is also "overnight camping" " approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America."
While OA is not going to audit the unit records, that does not mean that whether a candidate for election has his fifteen nights should be a matter of the Scoutmaster's discretion. The Scoutmaster's role should be ministerial. The Scout has the fifteen nights or he does not. The burden should not vary from unit to unit.
But what is "Boy Scout camping"? As in other things, BSA leaves questions where there should be clarity.
BSA has various definitions of "camping."
Individual Scouts and Scouters Application for National Camping Award
What Counts As Camping ?
>Sleeping in tents.
>Staying in rustic cabins (no electricity).
>Under the open skies.
>You participated in setting up and breaking camp.
>You participated in camp chores.
>You participated in camping activities (hiking, swimming, nature exploration, conservation projects, etc)
Advancement to First Class
What counts as camping?
On at least five of the six overnight campouts used toward First Class, the Scout must “spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee).
Camping Merit Badge
tSleep each night under the sky or in a tent you have pitched. If the camp provides a tent that has already been pitched, you need not pitch your own tent
Journey to "Excellence"
Then we have the program designed to "encourage excellence." Really. That what it says.
In this bubble, a "weekend campout" may be a weekend spent indoors watching videos or playing electronic games. This is said to encourage excellence in "short-term camping." It, of course, does nothing of the kind. The method is the "Outdoor Method":
Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. It is here that the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for God's handiwork and humankind's place in it. The outdoors is the laboratory for Boy Scouts to learn ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources.
Even the bureaucrats of the Journey to Mediocrity bubble cannot turn "indoor" into "outdoor" and "nature" into video games. Nine "lock-ins" is a joke as "excellence" in "short-term camping." (JTM also does not require any actual use of the Patrol Method - such as Scouts selected by their peers who plan or lead anything or who are responsible for anything -- to "earn" the status of "excellence" in the Patrol Method.) LTM's definition ought to be rejected out of hand for demonstrated lack of knowledge of the Boy Scout program.
The Outdoor Method
The description of the Outdoor method quoted above out to also be taken into account. OA is part of the Boy Scout program. It recognizes excellence in participants in the Boy Scout Program, a program designed to take place outdoors." So "camping" under that standard out to be seen as an outdoor activity.
BSA should clear this up, and now would be good.
Edited by TAHAWK, 08 March 2017 - 04:29 PM.