Ask the Chairman
The national Order of the Arrow chairman answers your questions on a regular basis. You may contact the chairman, Ray Capp, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can unit elections be held out of council while at another council's summer camp?
How do you keep the elections from being a popularity contest? Some scouts who meet the requirements and definitely have the qualities of a true Boy Scout are not elected. They meet the qualifications year after year. Even the other Scouts are surprised certain Scouts are never elected.
Who selects the adult candidates and when can the nomination be submitted?
I was talking with an Arrowman who had seen some seemingly real policy announcements posted on the Internet from the national Order of the Arrow committee. It turns out that they were intended to be April Fools jokes but were not clearly identified as such. Maybe you could address these in your Ask the Chairman forum?
Is there a way that a Venturing Crew can hold an election for Boy Scouts that completed their First Class rank?
Can a Scoutmaster ask that a 20yr old Assistant Scoutmaster who had been a first class scout or higher with a current 15 days and nights of camping be placed on his units OA ballot?
Why does the Order of the Arrow discourage beaded sashes?
Can the letter written for Brotherhood be used in Vigil selection?
What should become of the letter that an Ordeal candidate writes to the lodge secretary?
Our lodge is telling us we cannot do call-outs in our district until the first of June. Is this a national policy?
How can an adult camp staffer be elected to the Order?
While on the Jamboree trip, there was a four night campout and a two night camp out, can those be combined?
We have recently moved to another city and someone told me that the the camping requirement must be fulfilled with only one troop. Do we have to start over the days and nights of camping?
Do the camping requirements need to be fulfilled in a single troop?
What is national policy regarding face paint?
Which sashes should be worn for ceremonies?
Can a lodge hold a ceremony outside of its council boundaries? For instance, if a Lodge wanted to hold a Brotherhood ceremony at a Conclave that it wasn't hosting or at a NOAC, could it?
Why did Order of the Arrow change the Vigil triangle on the Vigil sash?
I have heard some people who have not seen the crate, nor read the instructions, are concerned about the transportation of invasive species.
Which youth may be a part of the council executive board?
Is the local council summer camp the only sanctioned camp for call outs?
The BSA National Exec Board has approved the revision of Sea Scouting and Venturing adult age to 18. Does this change in the adult age affect the Order of the Arrow?
Does the lodge chief (youth member) get to vote on issues on the council executive board?
How many lodges may an Arrowman be a member of?
Is there a congratulatory letter available from the Order of the Arrow?
Can a Scout who is elected in the spring attend a spring Ordeal?
A Scout recently moved and join our troop. Where does he need to complete his Ordeal?
Is it possible for a deceased Scout to be elected into the OA?
Can a "lone Scout" be elected to the OA?
What should happen if a Scoutmaster (either knowingly or unwittingly) certifies a Scout as eligible for election when he clearly is not eligible and that Scout is subsequently called out?
Can a Troop withdrawl an elected Scout that has not yet been through the Ordeal?
What is the official policy on lodges withholding unit elections from troops that request one? Does any policy exist?
Since all lodges will be required to use LodgeMaster for rechartering in 2015, are there any plans for a user guide, or how to manual, for LodgeMaster?
Has the handclasp of the Order been the same over all these years, or has it changed?
Are their rules for holding chapter elections?
Should staff members attending national events be included in the Journey To Excellence counts?
The 2012 Journey to Excellence process caused confusion, what is the status of this program and the future process?
What is a Key Volunteer in the Order of the Arrow national structure?
Should Lodge Officers have a vote on the LEC or should it just be chapter chiefs?
Our Lodge is working on the Legacy Project history book. To whom should we send our lodge history PDF? What will be done with it? Should our lodge bring a hardcopy for display at NOAC?
Is it possible to purchase a life membership in the Order of the Arrow?
What is the status of the Lodge Assistance Program?
Can the council remove funds from the OA account at their discretion without LEC discussion or approval?
Why is the Lodge JTE membership different than the council?
Every so often we do see illegal lodge/chapter chief patches being worn. These have been manufactured locally and are not authorized by the BSA Uniform and Insignia Guide.
Does the long term camping requirement have to be fulfilled at a BSA accredited camp?
During the Jamboree, there was a two-night and four-night trip. Can these be combined and count for the long term camp out?
It seems like the members of the National Order of the Arrow Committee are a bunch of old men who are ceremonial, only. You know…holding honorary positions.
I am looking for historical records, where may I find these?
What is the proper procedure for Vigil induction for Arrowmen on active duty in the military?
How did the national committee decide on Michigan State University as the site of the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference?
Several parents have asked me about obtaining a visitor’s pass for the day to visit their son while at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference, similar to the national Scout jamboree. Is this possible?
What is the process for applying for NOAC staff?
How do you become part of a national committee?
How do you become a section chief and then national chief or any other national positions?
What to do when nominating a lodge adviser for the Distinguished Service Award?
Are parents / non-Scouters are allowed at the Ordeal Ceremony?
Can non-OA Adult Leaders attend OA Camping Functions (e.g. lodge events, conclave, etc)?
When should the OA Assistant Scoutmaster Patch be worn?
I heard that the OA and the National Eagle Scout Association are merging. True?
Is the old sash my son was given by his godfather acceptable for his wear?
When should the OA sash be worn?
Where do Arrowmen and the lodge order OA items?
I have been away from Scouting for many years, how do I renew my membership in the Order?
Does an elangomat have the right to tell an adult what to do?
Does the supreme chief of the fire have the final say in a decision?
What is the Scoutmaster's role in unit elections?
Can service hours be counted for the OA and a Scout's rank?
What would you say to Arrowmen who are disappointed that there will be a single commemorative sash at NOAC 2015?
I heard that the National Committee has created a bunch of Task Forces. What do they do and how does that work?
What are the tour permit requirements for lodge events? What are the tour permit requirements for national events (NOAC, NLS/NLATS)?
What is the term of office for the OA Troop/Team Representative?
Is there a minimum time period before a Scout can be elected to the OA?
Does a scout have to be elected again if he is unable to attend the Ordeal? Does he have to be called-out before an Ordeal?
Does a Scout need to be present during the unit elections to have his name on the OA ballot, if he meets the other requirements?
Is it appropriate to use lodge numbers on lodge merchandise?
What is the proper term for a female member of the OA?
Is it appropriate to use elements of past ceremonies (no words, just action) including, but not limited to, the use of black robes as costumes and the attempt to hug a tree by yourself in our show?
Can Venturing members be in the OA?
Could you clarify the two years of Brotherhood requirement for the Vigil Honor?
Does the lodge chief need to sign his own Vigil petition?
Should the Vigil Honor selection committee submit the maximum number of Vigil Honor candidates?
The Vigil triangle have been shown going clockwise and counterclockwise. Which way is correct?
If I earned the 50th and/or 60th Anniversary Award(s), can I also wear the ASA patch on the same sash?
I’ve noticed that the word adviser has different spellings in different Scouting programs. Which one is correct?
Why are women allowed in the Order of the Arrow?