Ask the Chairman - How do I get the OA program restarted in a troop?Ask the Chairman - How do we implement the new OA brand guidelines?Ask the Chairman - What is the proper way to wear the OA sash?Ask the Chairman - What is the role of the national chief within the BSA?Ask the Chairman - Can the OA sash be worn with the Sea Scout uniform?Ask the Chairman - How was the new national chairman chosen?Ask the Chairman - Can members choose not to participate in the tests of the Ordeal?Ask the Chairman - What is Operation Arrow and how do I learn more information about it?Ask the Chairman - Why are the JTE gold-level requirements so difficult?Ask the Chairman - Are lodges required to use LodgeMaster to contact members?Ask the Chairman - Does the OA trading post take suggestions for new items?Ask the Chairman - Is there a time limit for induction as a Vigil Honor member?Ask the Chairman - Can you transfer to another chapter within a lodge?Ask the Chairman - How can I sign up for OA High Adventure opportunities?Ask the Chairman - How do the national officers fit all of their travels into their school schedulesAsk the Chairman - Does my lodge have to merge if my council merges?Ask the Chairman - What training resources are available to help my lodge?Ask the Chairman - Will NOACs return to being held every two years?Ask the Chairman - Can region chiefs be elected national chief or national vice chief?Ask the Chairman - May 24, 2016Ask the Chairman - Can someone be considered a Vigil Honor member if they die before induction?Ask the Chairman - How are chapter boundaries determined?Ask the Chairman - Can the camping requirement be waived for a unit level Scouter?Ask the Chairman - When should the OA troop representative wear his sash?Ask the Chairman - Is the term lodge executive committee an official term?Ask the Chairman - How can an adult meet the long­term camping requirement for membership?Ask the Chairman - April 29, 2016Ask the Chairman - Can the OA sash be worn with the BSA activity uniform?Ask the Chairman - Are there scripts available for the installation of youth officers?Ask the Chairman - How should a Scout be inducted if he is moving before his induction?Ask the Chairman - What is the ratio of adults to Scouts that a troop can select for OA membership?Ask the Chairman - Should an OA troop rep adviser wear the OA assistant Scoutmaster patch?Ask the Chairman - Is there a minimum age for election to the OA?Ask the Chairman - Can a first year Scout meet the camping requirement for OA membership?Ask the Chairman - Can an OA sash be embroidered with an Arrowman’s name?Ask the Chairman - Can a unit election be conducted in American Indian regalia?Ask the Chairman - Are there national guidelines for conducting lodge officer elections online?Ask the Chairman - Should I accept the Vigil Honor if I am having doubts about it?Ask the Chairman - Why was the Lenni Lenape dictionary removed from the latest OA Handbook?Ask the Chairman - Which lodge flap should I wear?Ask the Chairman - When will female Venturers be allowed to join the OA?Ask the Chairman - Is there a proper way to wear the OA cufflinks?Ask the Chairman - Can Cub Scout camping count for the camping requirement for adult membership?Ask the Chairman - Is there a recommended timeline for the selection of the Vigil Honor?Ask the Chairman - How can I submit my updated lodge history book?Ask the Chairman - Can a Scout executive remove an elected lodge officer from office?Ask the Chairman - Are there regulations on how many lodge flaps a lodge may issue for wear?Ask the Chairman - What’s a new Order of the Arrow dad to do when his son isn’t yet elected?Ask the Chairman - Can a Scout be elected to the OA if he is moving and leaving the unit?Ask the Chairman - Can a Vigil name be changed after the nomination petition is submitted?Ask the Chairman - Must all ceremony sites be ADA compliant?Ask the Chairman - Should ceremonies be conducted shirtless?Ask the Chairman: New Ordeal members and the Arrowman Service AwardAsk the Chairman - How should special needs Scouts be considered for election to the OA?Ask the Chairman - Can volunteer time be counted towards the camping requirement for membership?Ask the Chairman - Can I maintain my OA membership in a Venturing crew after my induction?Ask the Chairman - Can ceremonies be performed according to local Indian tribe custom?Ask the Chairman - How do we handle elections for Scouts who may be dual registered?Ask the Chairman - What training is available for chapter advisers?Ask the Chairman - Is there an age requirement for an OA Troop/Team Representative Adviser?Ask the Chairman - What sign does a Cub Scout leader use when reciting the Obligation?Ask the Chairman - Is the “Broken Arrow” ceremony an official ceremony?Ask the Chairman - What BSA membership is necessary for OA membership?Ask the Chairman - Are Arrowmen allowed to wear OA Legend patches on their sashes?Ask the Chairman - What is the role of the Scoutmaster and the OA Troop Rep during a unit election?Ask the Chairman - Can the OA Legend be used as part of a public ceremony?Ask the Chairman - How will those adults who gave up their spots at NOAC obtain the centennial sash?Ask the Chairman - Can an OA Membership be given Posthumously?Ask the Chairman - Which sash do Arrowmen wear at NOAC?Ask the Chairman - Can Scouts who are 18-20 be elected to the Order?Ask the Chairman - To whom are the NOAC promotional patches intended to be distributed?Ask the Chairman - Can members who are not dues paid wear a lodge flap?Ask the Chairman - Will unselected NOAC staff applicants be able to purchase the Centennial Sash?Ask the Chairman - When will the Centurion Award recognition take place at NOAC?Ask the Chairman - How does a lodge handle finances for scholarships?Ask the Chairman - Concerns about Legacy Project wood for the Centennial FireAsk the Chairman - Two-Piece Lodge FlapsAsk the Chairman - NOAC 2015 QuestionsAsk the Chairman - Defining an Active ArrowmanAsk the Chairman - Centennial Sash DesignAsk the Chairman - Changes to the Unit Elections JTE RequirementAsk the Chairman - Parents at NOAC 2015Ask the Chairman - Brotherhood Service RequirementsAsk the Chairman - How can I be involved in the Order’s centennial celebration outside of NOAC?Ask the Chairman - Will there be a centennial edition of the OA Handbook?Ask the Chairman - Can a unit leader add additional requirements for membership in the OA?Ask the Chairman - Meeting the Camping Requirement with Dual MembershipAsk the Chairman -  Where do you place the anniversary award sash patches?Ask the Chairman - Can lodges provide annual scholarships?Ask the Chairman - Will the Arrowman Service Award Patch be Available at NOACAsk the Chairman - Founder’s Award Selection CommitteeAsk the Chairman - Crossover Ceremonies Performed by OA MembersAsk the Chairman - Guidance on the Vigil Selection ProcessAsk the Chairman - Is the Commemorative Red Sash Available for Youth Attending World Scout JamboreeAsk the Chairman - Single Commemorative SashAsk the Chairman - Long Term Camping RequirementAsk the Chairman - Holding Chapter Officer ElectionsAsk the Chairman - Ordering OA items – National Office, Online or Scout Shop?Ask the Chairman - Role of the Supreme Chief of the FireAsk the Chairman - Changes to the Vigil Sash

Ask the Chairman

The national Order of the Arrow chairman answers your questions on a regular basis. You may contact the chairman, Mike Hoffman, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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 -  Where do you place the anniversary award sash patches?

Where do you place the 50th and 60th Anniversary Awards? Where does the Arrowman Service Award go?

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 - Adult Candidate Nomination

Who selects the adult candidates and when can the nomination be submitted?

Ask the Chairman - April 29, 2016

National OA Chairman Ray Capp has been reading and answering your questions. To finish the month of April, Ray answered multiple questions about membership requirements and the Vigil Honor, as well as lodge operations.

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 - Are Arrowmen allowed to wear OA Legend patches on their sashes?

Can the OA Legend patch be added to the sash?

Ask the Chairman - Are elections in a Venturing Crew possible?

Is there a way that a Venturing Crew can hold an election for Boy Scouts that completed their First Class rank?

Ask the Chairman - Are lodges required to use LodgeMaster to contact members?

Are lodges required to use LodgeMaster to contact members?

Ask the Chairman - Are there national guidelines for conducting lodge officer elections online?

Are there national guidelines regarding conducting lodge officer elections online?

Ask the Chairman - Are there regulations on how many lodge flaps a lodge may issue for wear?

Are there regulations on how many lodge flaps a lodge may issue for wear at one time?

Ask the Chairman - Are there scripts available for the installation of youth officers?

Are there scripts available for the installation of youth officers?

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 - Beaded Sashes

Why does the Order of the Arrow discourage beaded sashes?

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 - Brotherhood Service Requirements

What are the service requirements for attaining Brotherhood membership?

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 - Can Cub Scout camping count for the camping requirement for adult membership?

Can Cub Scout camping be counted for the camping requirement for OA adult membership?

Ask the Chairman - Can I maintain my OA membership in a Venturing crew after my induction?

Once inducted into the OA, can I be part of a Venturing crew?

Ask the Chairman - Can Scouts who are 18-20 be elected to the Order?

How does the OA youth age range effect election to the OA?

Ask the Chairman - Can a Scout be elected to the OA if he is moving and leaving the unit?

Can a Scout be elected to the OA by a unit even if he is moving and leaving the unit?

Ask the Chairman - Can a Scout executive remove an elected lodge officer from office?

Can a Scout executive remove an elected lodge officer from office?

Ask the Chairman - Can a Vigil name be changed after the nomination petition is submitted?

Can a Vigil name be changed after the nomination petition is submitted?

Ask the Chairman - Can a first year Scout meet the camping requirement for OA membership?

Can a first year Scout meet the camping requirement for OA membership?

Ask the Chairman - Can a unit election be conducted in American Indian regalia?

Can a unit election be conducted in American Indian regalia?

Ask the Chairman - Can a unit leader add additional requirements for membership in the OA?

Can the Scoutmaster add to or subtract from the candidacy requirements?

Ask the Chairman - Can an OA Membership be given Posthumously?

Has there ever been an OA membership given posthumously for an adult leader?

Ask the Chairman - Can an OA sash be embroidered with an Arrowman’s name?

Can an OA sash be embroidered with an Arrowman’s name?

Ask the Chairman - Can ceremonies be performed according to local Indian tribe custom?

What is the criteria for picking a native local tribe for ceremonies?

Ask the Chairman - Can lodges provide annual scholarships?

Are lodges allowed to give out an annual scholarship?

Ask the Chairman - Can members choose not to participate in the tests of the Ordeal?

Can members choose not to participate in the tests of the Ordeal?

Ask the Chairman - Can members who are not dues paid wear a lodge flap?

Can a Scout or Scouter who completed their Ordeal continue to wear the lodge flap even though they have not paid their dues or attended any events?

Ask the Chairman - Can region chiefs be elected national chief or national vice chief?

Can region chiefs be elected national chief or national vice chief?

Ask the Chairman - Can someone be considered a Vigil Honor member if they die before induction?

Can someone be considered a Vigil Honor member if they die before they are inducted?

Ask the Chairman - Can the OA Legend be used as part of a public ceremony?

Can parts of the Ordeal ceremony be used in a public recognition?

Ask the Chairman - Can the OA sash be worn with the BSA activity uniform?

Can the OA sash be worn with the BSA activity uniform?

Ask the Chairman - Can the OA sash be worn with the Sea Scout uniform?

Can the OA sash be worn with the Sea Scout uniform?

Ask the Chairman - Can the camping requirement be waived for a unit level Scouter?

Can the camping requirement be waived for a unit level Scouter?

Ask the Chairman - Can volunteer time be counted towards the camping requirement for membership?

Can volunteer time be a substitate for the camping requirement?

Ask the Chairman - Can you transfer to another chapter within a lodge?

Can you transfer to another chapter within a lodge?

Ask the Chairman - Centennial Sash Design

What are the final plans for the centennial sash?

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 - Changes to the Unit Elections JTE Requirement

Why was the 2015 requirements for unit elections changed in this year’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) program?

Ask the Chairman - Changes to the Vigil Sash

Why did Order of the Arrow change the Vigil triangle on the Vigil sash?

Ask the Chairman - Concerns about Legacy Project wood for the Centennial Fire

Have the organizers of NOAC 2015 addressed this issue of each lodge bring their area's wood onto MSU's campus?

Ask the Chairman - Concerns with Legacy Project Wood

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 - Crossover Ceremonies Performed by OA Members

Are only OA members allowed to conduct crossover ceremonies?

Ask the Chairman - Defining an Active Arrowman

What defines an “active” Arrowman?

Ask the Chairman - Does my lodge have to merge if my council merges?

Does my lodge have to merge if my council merges?

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 - Does the OA trading post take suggestions for new items?

Does the OA trading post take suggestions for new items?

Ask the Chairman - Does the lodge chief have a vote on the council executive board

Does the lodge chief (youth member) get to vote on issues on the council executive board?

Ask the Chairman - Dual Membership

How many lodges may an Arrowman be a member of?

Ask the Chairman - Eagle Scout Congratulations Letter

Is there a congratulatory letter available from the Order of the Arrow?

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 - Electing a deceased Scout

Is it possible for a deceased Scout to be elected into the OA?

Ask the Chairman - Election for Lone Scout

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

Ask the Chairman - Election of an ineligible Scout

What should happen if a Scoutmaster (either knowingly or unwittingly) certifies a Scout as eligible for election when he clearly is not eligible and that Scout is subsequently called out?

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 - Elections: Withholding elections from units

What is the official policy on lodges withholding unit elections from troops that request one? Does any policy exist?

Ask the Chairman - Founder’s Award Selection Committee

Who should serve on the Founder's Award selection committee?

Ask the Chairman - Guidance on the Vigil Selection Process

Is there a deadline for submitting Vigil Candidates to National? How long after submission do we need to wait to conduct the Vigil Callout?

Ask the Chairman - Guide for Using Lodgemaster

Since all lodges will be required to use LodgeMaster for rechartering in 2015, are there any plans for a user guide, or how to manual, for LodgeMaster?

Ask the Chairman - Handclasp

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

Ask the Chairman - Holding Chapter Officer Elections

Are their rules for holding chapter elections?

Ask the Chairman - How are chapter boundaries determined?

How are chapter boundaries determined?

Ask the Chairman - How can I be involved in the Order’s centennial celebration outside of NOAC?

What other opportunities are available to be a part of the Centennial Celebration?

Ask the Chairman - How can I sign up for OA High Adventure opportunities?

How can I sign up for OA High Adventure opportunities?

Ask the Chairman - How can I submit my updated lodge history book?

How can I submit my updated lodge history book?

Ask the Chairman - How can an adult meet the long­term camping requirement for membership?

How can an adult meet the long­term camping requirement for membership?

Ask the Chairman - How do I get the OA program restarted in a troop?

How do I get the OA program restarted in a troop?

Ask the Chairman - How do the national officers fit all of their travels into their school schedules

How do the national officers fit all of their travels into their school schedules?

Ask the Chairman - How do we handle elections for Scouts who may be dual registered?

What is the election policy for Scouts that are dual registered?

Ask the Chairman - How do we implement the new OA brand guidelines?

How do we implement the new OA brand guidelines?

Ask the Chairman - How does a lodge handle finances for scholarships?

Our chapter has recently received donations for utilization as scholarships. How does a lodge handle finances for scholarships?

Ask the Chairman - How should a Scout be inducted if he is moving before his induction?

How should a Scout be inducted if he was already elected but is moving before his induction?

Ask the Chairman - How should special needs Scouts be considered for election to the OA?

What are the considerations for special needs Scouts?

Ask the Chairman - How was the new national chairman chosen?

How was the new national chairman chosen?

Ask the Chairman - How will those adults who gave up their spots at NOAC obtain the centennial sash?

How will those adults who gave up their spots at NOAC obtain the centennial sash?

Ask the Chairman - Is the Commemorative Red Sash Available for Youth Attending World Scout Jamboree

Can the commemorative red sash be made available to those who were unable to attend NOAC 2015 because of the 2015 World Scout Jamboree?

Ask the Chairman - Is the term lodge executive committee an official term?

Is the term lodge executive committee an official term?

Ask the Chairman - Is the “Broken Arrow” ceremony an official ceremony?

Is the Broken Arrow ceremony official or did a lodge create it?

Ask the Chairman - Is there a minimum age for election to the OA?

Is there a minimum age for election to the OA?

Ask the Chairman - Is there a proper way to wear the OA cufflinks?

Is there a proper way to wear the OA cufflinks?

Ask the Chairman - Is there a recommended timeline for the selection of the Vigil Honor?

Is there a recommended timeline for the selection of the Vigil Honor?

Ask the Chairman - Is there a time limit for induction as a Vigil Honor member?

Is there a time limit for induction as a Vigil Honor member?

Ask the Chairman - Is there an age requirement for an OA Troop/Team Representative Adviser?

What is the age requirement for the OA Troop/Team Representative Adviser?

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?