Q/A: OA Troop/Team Representative Advisers
Q: I noticed that on the page of Basic Information about the OA Troop/Team
Representative it states that an adviser "...should be over the age of 21."
I have asked my Lodge's OA Troop/Team Representative Adviser about this, and
he tells me that the adviser MUST be 21. My question is, would I be eligible
for the position, being that I am only 19? I understand that policy says the
an adviser must be 21, but aren't all the youth they advise in this case under
18? Is this policy waived for this new, BSA youth (not OA youth), position?
A: The adviser to the OA Troop/Team Representative is to be over 21. A role
that an 18-20 year old may have is the chapter or lodge
chair or liaison for the representatives.
The basic principle
in the Order of the Arrow is that youth leaders are under 21 and advisers are 21
or older. This is stated in several places in the "Order of the Arrow Handbook"
and the "Guide for Officers and Advisers."
You may want to consider serving as
your lodge or chapter chair, or as a liaison, and support the OA Troop/Team
Representatives that way. (See the
How OA Troop/Team Representatives fit in
the lodge structure page on this web site for details.)
We have corrected the page of Basic Information about the OA Troop/Team Representative to clarify this issue.
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