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Day 15: OA Participation
100 days of scouting Day 15: Attended second Webelos cross-over this evening. Two scouts from our troop did the Order of the Arrow's Arrow of Light ceremony. This was the first time for one and 2nd time for the other. After this ceremony, they had to zip across town to a 2nd one for another pack.
It's great for me to see because I've been coaxing guys to take on this role for awhile now. My hope is they will get other scouts in the troop excited about having their own ceremony team and cover the Blue Golds for all five packs in our community each year.
Historically, the OA hasn't been very strong in our troop. Scouts tend to see it as getting a cool sash rather than the beginning of another level of service and growth. I and a few others have gone on to Brotherhood, but most pay their dues, get the pocket flap and sash, and that's it. Doing these ceremonies is a step in the right direction.

A scout completed his Eagle board of review tonight. Whoop-whoop!

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Posted: 22:19 02-22-2011 576
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 Feb 28, 2011 - Billy Daubenmire
The Order of the Arrow is a great way to take your troop to the next level. Assign one of your Adult Leaders to be the liason with the local OA Chaptr and get your youth to attend. You'll reap the rewards within 6 months and keep the youth involved longer.

I received my Vigil Honor from Echockotee Lodge 200 in Jacksonville, Florida as a youth. I know hundreds of young men who were positively impacted by the OA.

Keep up with the blog... you're doing a nice job.

Billy Daubenmire

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