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 email@example.com.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
How many lodges may an Arrowman be a member of?
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?
Can a "lone Scout" be elected to the OA?
Can a Troop withdrawl an elected Scout that has not yet been through the Ordeal?
Has the handclasp of the Order been the same over all these years, or has it changed?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
I have been away from Scouting for many years, how do I renew my membership in the Order?
What is the Scoutmaster's role in unit elections?
Can service hours be counted for the OA and a Scout's rank?
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?
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?
The Vigil triangle have been shown going clockwise and counterclockwise. Which way is correct?
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?