Ask the Chairman
A Scout's parent would like to know if the required service time with the Order
of the Arrow counts as service time towards their child's rank. Local OA
members and our unit commissioner have told us that it is a time of cheerful
service. What is the OA's policy?
It would be much appreciated.
Thanks for writing.
There is no OA rule that tells a Scoutmaster what to accept for service hours
for Rank Advancement. It is completely a troop matter to discern, in compliance
with their best understanding of the requirements.
I can tell you that as a Scoutmaster for 23 years, I started talking with the
Webelos as they crossed over and with their parents about the importance of
service, stressing that one hour only "counted" for one purpose or the other. My
personal opinion is to agree with your commissioner and local OA brethren. But,
ultimately, the Scoutmaster is the person with the authority to decide what
"counts" as a service hour.