Q/A: Wearing your Current OA Lodge's Flap
Q: I was elected to OA as a Scout many years ago.
I am becoming a uniformed Scouter where I live now, which is in
another council. When I asked the local Scout shop about the
OA patch for my uniform, I was told that I should wear the one
from where I was elected, instead of the one for the council in
which I now live. Is this correct?
A: Your Scout shop person was mistaken. The lodge flap
signifies active dues paid membership in a local lodge.
"Members of the OA may be official dues-paying (and, in the
case of youth, voting) members of only one lodge, that being
the lodge chartered to the council where they reside and have
their principal Scouting Registration." (OA Handbook, p. 47,
So, you should pay your dues in the local lodge of the council
you now live in and are becoming active in. You should then
wear the lodge flap of this local lodge on your uniform.
Welcome back to active membership in the OA!
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