Updated Troop/Team Representative Support Pak
2001 Pak Available
Following preliminary release at the 2000 NOAC, a newly revamped
Representative Support Pak
is now available for download directly from the National Order of the Arrow
Included in the Support Pak are job descriptions, program
information, and resources that OA Troop and Team Representatives can use to
help them implement the position in their units. New items to
the Support Pak since the 2000 NOAC edition include some successful
programming ideas from lodges across the country and an additional appendix
containing information about camping resources available for free on the Internet.
In addition to the Support Pak, other OA Troop/Team Representative
program support materials will be released in the coming year, including one
aimed specifically at Scoutmasters and Varsity Coaches. Further updates to the
program and this document will be available on the National Web Site as they
are released. Earlier this year, the 2001 Resource Book, highlighting
the OA Troop/Team Representative program and creative ideas for implementing
new programs, was distributed to all lodges upon completion of the
According to Danny Ritchie, OA Troop/Team Representative
program coordinator for Egwa Tawa Dee #129, Atlanta Area Council,
"The lodge succeeds with the troop, and the troop
succeeds with the lodge. The Troop Representative brings these together,
and the boy becomes the success."
The OA Troop/Team Representative program was started in 1999 as a national
Order of the Arrow program. It has now been adopted by the Boy Scouts of America
as a leadership position, and as such, it fulfills the leadership requirement
for Boy Scout rank advancement. As each Arrowman learns during his Order of the
Arrow Ordeal, service to his unit is of primary importance; the Unit
Representative Program allows him serve his unit while also serving his lodge.
The Unit Representative's primary responsibilities are to organize service
opportunities within the unit; to coordinate unit involvement with the Order
of the Arrow, including Unit Elections, Camp Promotions, and Inductions; and
to request lodge and chapter resources to help meet unit programming needs.
In this sense, the position is of service to the unit, to the lodge, and to the
council. For more information on the position, see the
Information page on the National Web Site or
contact your local
2000 National Chief Carey Mignerey says, "With the Troop/Team
Representative as a liaison between the Order of the Arrow and the
troop or team, the mission of the Order... will be advanced. The camp
promotions process will be smoother, leading to greater numbers of Scouts at
summer camp. The position creates a vehicle to strengthen the ties between the
OA and the individual BSA troop or team, helping to retain older Scouts.
Additionally, with the organization of service projects, Boy Scouts and
Varsity Scouts will be seen actively helping others in their communities."