Ask the Chairman - What is the Correct Spelling of Adviser?Ask the Chairman - Council Executive BoardAsk the Chairman - OA Assistant Scoutmaster PatchAsk the Chairman - Non-Members at CeremoniesAsk the Chairman - Centennial TotemAsk the Chairman - Does the Change in Adult Age Affect the Order?Ask the Chairman - Concerns with Legacy Project FirewoodAsk the Chairman - Ceremony Outside of CouncilAsk the Chairman - Election for Lone ScoutAsk the Chairman - Elections: Withdrawing a CandidateAsk the Chairman - Non-OA Adult Leaders at OA Camping FunctionsAsk the Chairman - NOAC StaffAsk the Chairman - LEC Voting RightsAsk the Chairman - Vigil Honor Petition FormAsk the Chairman - National Order of the Arrow CommitteeAsk the Chairman - CampingAsk the Chairman - Long-term CampAsk the Chairman - Ceremonies IIAsk the Chairman - CeremoniesAsk the Chairman - Lodge Assistance ProgramAsk the Chairman - Lodge FinanceAsk the Chairman - Elected to OAAsk the Chairman - Camping Requirement IIAsk the Chairman - Brotherhood LettersAsk the Chairman - Two-Year PeriodAsk the Chairman - Service HoursAsk the Chairman - Elected CandidatesAsk the Chairman - HandclaspAsk the Chairman - Assistant ScoutmasterAsk the Chairman - Troop/Team RepresentativeAsk the Chairman - Venturing CrewAsk the Chairman - Camping RequirementAsk the Chairman - NOAC 2015Ask the Chairman - Membership RecordsAsk the Chairman - Journey to Excellence ProgramAsk the Chairman - Brotherhood LetterAsk the Chairman - Military CommitmentsAsk the Chairman - Vigil HonorAsk the Chairman - Renew my MembershipAsk the Chairman - Women and the OrderAsk the Chairman - Camp StaffAsk the Chairman - Journey to ExcellenceAsk the Chairman - Call-OutsAsk the Chairman - Courtesy LetterAsk the Chairman - Unit ElectionsAsk the Chairman - Old SashAsk the Chairman - National PositionsAsk the Chairman - OA and the National Eagle Scout AssociationAsk the Chairman - Dual MembershipAsk the Chairman - Tour PermitAsk the Chairman - Unable to Attend the OrdealAsk the Chairman - Order of the Arrow SashAsk the Chairman - April FoolsAsk the Chairman - A Popularity ContestAsk the Chairman - Lodge/Chapter ChiefAsk the Chairman - Task ForcesAsk the Chairman - Key VolunteerAsk the Chairman - Members of the National Order of the Arrow CommitteeAsk the Chairman -  Unit Elections Held Out of Council

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 ray.capp@oa-bsa.org.

Ask the Chairman -  Unit Elections Held Out of Council

Can unit elections be held out of council while at another council's summer camp?

Ask the Chairman - A Popularity Contest

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.

Ask the Chairman - April Fools

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?

Ask the Chairman - Assistant Scoutmaster

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?

Ask the Chairman - Brotherhood Letter

Can the letter written for Brotherhood be used in Vigil selection?

Ask the Chairman - Brotherhood Letters

What should become of the letter that an Ordeal candidate writes to the lodge secretary?

Ask the Chairman - Call-Outs

Our lodge is telling us we cannot do call-outs in our district until the first of June. Is this a national policy?

Ask the Chairman - Camp Staff

How can an adult camp staffer be elected to the Order?

Ask the Chairman - Camping

While on the Jamboree trip, there was a four night campout and a two night camp out, can those be combined?

Ask the Chairman - Camping Requirement

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?

Ask the Chairman - Camping Requirement II

Do the camping requirements need to be fulfilled in a single troop?

Ask the Chairman - Centennial Totem

Ask the Chairman - Ceremonies

What is national policy regarding face paint?

Ask the Chairman - Ceremonies II

Which sashes should be worn for ceremonies?

Ask the Chairman - Ceremony Outside of Council

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?

Ask the Chairman - Concerns with Legacy Project Firewood

I have heard some people who have not seen the crate, nor read the instructions, are concerned about the transportation of invasive species.

Ask the Chairman - Council Executive Board

Which youth may be a part of the council executive board?

Ask the Chairman - Courtesy Letter

Is the local council summer camp the only sanctioned camp for call outs?

Ask the Chairman - Does the Change in Adult Age Affect the Order?

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?

Ask the Chairman - Dual Membership

How many lodges may an Arrowman be a member of?

Ask the Chairman - Elected Candidates

Can a Scout who is elected in the spring attend a spring Ordeal?

Ask the Chairman - Elected to OA

A Scout recently moved and join our troop. Where does he need to complete his Ordeal?

Ask the Chairman - Election for Lone Scout

Can a "lone Scout" be elected to the OA?
 

Ask the Chairman - Elections: Withdrawing a Candidate

Can a Troop withdrawl an elected Scout that has not yet been through the Ordeal?

Ask the Chairman - Handclasp

Has the handclasp of the Order been the same over all these years, or has it changed?

Ask the Chairman - Journey to Excellence

Should staff members attending national events be included in the Journey To Excellence counts?

Ask the Chairman - Journey to Excellence Program

The 2012 Journey to Excellence process caused confusion, what is the status of this program and the future process?

Ask the Chairman - Key Volunteer

What is a Key Volunteer in the Order of the Arrow national structure?

Ask the Chairman - LEC Voting Rights

Should Lodge Officers have a vote on the LEC or should it just be chapter chiefs?

Ask the Chairman - Lodge Assistance Program

What is the status of the Lodge Assistance Program?

Ask the Chairman - Lodge Finance

Can the council remove funds from the OA account at their discretion without LEC discussion or approval?

Ask the Chairman - Lodge/Chapter Chief

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.

Ask the Chairman - Long-term 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?

Ask the Chairman - Members of the National Order of the Arrow Committee

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.

Ask the Chairman - Membership Records

I am looking for historical records, where may I find these?

Ask the Chairman - Military Commitments

What is the proper procedure for Vigil induction for Arrowmen on active duty in the military?

Ask the Chairman - NOAC 2015

How did the national committee decide on Michigan State University as the site of the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference?

Ask the Chairman - NOAC Staff

What is the process for applying for NOAC staff?

Ask the Chairman - National Order of the Arrow Committee

How do you become part of a national committee?

Ask the Chairman - National Positions

How do you become a section chief and then national chief or any other national positions?

Ask the Chairman - Non-Members at Ceremonies

Are parents / non-Scouters are allowed at the Ordeal Ceremony?

Ask the Chairman - Non-OA Adult Leaders at OA Camping Functions

Can non-OA Adult Leaders attend OA Camping Functions (e.g. lodge events, conclave, etc)?

Ask the Chairman - OA Assistant Scoutmaster Patch

When should the OA Assistant Scoutmaster Patch be worn?

Ask the Chairman - OA and the National Eagle Scout Association

I heard that the OA and the National Eagle Scout Association are merging. True?

Ask the Chairman - Old Sash

Is the old sash my son was given by his godfather acceptable for his wear?

Ask the Chairman - Order of the Arrow Sash

When should the OA sash be worn?

Ask the Chairman - Renew my Membership

I have been away from Scouting for many years, how do I renew my membership in the Order?

Ask the Chairman - Service Hours

Can service hours be counted for the OA and a Scout's rank?

Ask the Chairman - Task Forces

I heard that the National Committee has created a bunch of Task Forces. What do they do and how does that work?

Ask the Chairman - Tour Permit

What are the tour permit requirements for lodge events? What are the tour permit requirements for national events (NOAC, NLS/NLATS)?

Ask the Chairman - Troop/Team Representative

What is the term of office for the OA Troop/Team Representative?

Ask the Chairman - Two-Year Period

Is there a minimum time period before a Scout can be elected to the OA?

Ask the Chairman - Unable to Attend the Ordeal

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?

Ask the Chairman - Unit Elections

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?

Ask the Chairman - Venturing Crew

Can Venturing members be in the OA?

Ask the Chairman - Vigil Honor

Could you clarify the two years of Brotherhood requirement for the Vigil Honor?

Ask the Chairman - Vigil Honor Petition Form

Does the lodge chief need to sign his own Vigil petition?

Ask the Chairman - What is the Correct Spelling of Adviser?

I’ve noticed that the word adviser has different spellings in different Scouting programs. Which one is correct?

Ask the Chairman - Women and the Order

Why are women allowed in the Order of the Arrow?