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 SashAsk the Chairman - Use of Lodge NumbersAsk the Chairman - Lodge JTE Plus 1 Membership RequirementAsk the Chairman - Beaded SashesAsk the Chairman - Role of the ElangomatAsk the Chairman - Elections: Withholding elections from unitsAsk the Chairman - Nominating a Lodge Adviser for the DSAAsk the Chairman - Legacy Project Lodge History BookAsk the Chairman - Guide for Using LodgemasterAsk the Chairman - Adult Candidate NominationAsk the Chairman - Are elections in a Venturing Crew possible?Ask the Chairman - Electing a deceased ScoutAsk the Chairman - Election of an ineligible ScoutAsk the Chairman - Eagle Scout Congratulations LetterAsk the Chairman - Using Historic Elements of CeremoniesAsk the Chairman - Vigil Honor SelectionAsk the Chairman - Use of the term “Arrowman”Ask the Chairman - Life MembershipAsk the Chairman - Wearing Multiple Sash Award PatchesAsk the Chairman - Does the lodge chief have a vote on the council executive boardAsk the Chairman - NOAC 2015 Day Passes/VisitorsAsk the Chairman - Scoutmaster’s Role in Unit ElectionsAsk the Chairman - Vigil Triangle ArrowsAsk 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 -  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 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 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 - 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 - 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 lodges provide annual scholarships?

Are lodges allowed to give out an annual scholarship?

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 Vigil Sash

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

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 - Crossover Ceremonies Performed by OA Members

Are only OA members allowed to conduct crossover ceremonies?

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 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 - 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 - 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 - Legacy Project Lodge History Book

Our Lodge is working on the Legacy Project history book. To whom should we send our lodge history PDF? What will be done with it? Should our lodge bring a hardcopy for display at NOAC?

Ask the Chairman - Life Membership

Is it possible to purchase a life membership in the Order of the Arrow?

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 JTE Plus 1 Membership Requirement

Why is the Lodge JTE membership different than the council?

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 Camping Requirement

Does the long term camping requirement have to be fulfilled at a BSA accredited camp?

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 - Meeting the Camping Requirement with Dual Membership

Is it possible to meet the camping requirement while registered with a troop and a Venturing crew?

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 2015 Day Passes/Visitors

Several parents have asked me about obtaining a visitor’s pass for the day to visit their son while at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference, similar to the national Scout jamboree. Is this possible?

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 - Nominating a Lodge Adviser for the DSA

What to do when nominating a lodge adviser for the Distinguished Service Award?

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 - Ordering OA items – National Office, Online or Scout Shop?

Where do Arrowmen and the lodge order OA items?

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 - Role of the Elangomat

Does an elangomat have the right to tell an adult what to do?

Ask the Chairman - Role of the Supreme Chief of the Fire

Does the supreme chief of the fire have the final say in a decision?

Ask the Chairman - Scoutmaster’s Role in Unit Elections

What is the Scoutmaster's role in unit elections?

Ask the Chairman - Service Hours

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

Ask the Chairman - Single Commemorative Sash

What would you say to Arrowmen who are disappointed that there will be a single commemorative sash at NOAC 2015?

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 - Use of Lodge Numbers

Is it appropriate to use lodge numbers on lodge merchandise?

Ask the Chairman - Use of the term “Arrowman”

What is the proper term for a female member of the OA?

Ask the Chairman - Using Historic Elements of Ceremonies

Is it appropriate to use elements of past ceremonies (no words, just action) including, but not limited to, the use of black robes as costumes and the attempt to hug a tree by yourself in our show?

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 - Vigil Honor Selection

Should the Vigil Honor selection committee submit the maximum number of Vigil Honor candidates?

Ask the Chairman - Vigil Triangle Arrows

The Vigil triangle have been shown going clockwise and counterclockwise. Which way is correct?

Ask the Chairman - Wearing Multiple Sash Award Patches

If I earned the 50th and/or 60th Anniversary Award(s), can I also wear the ASA patch on the same sash?

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 - Will the Arrowman Service Award Patch be Available at NOAC

Will there be an opportunity to obtain the Arrowman Service Award at NOAC and ArrowTour for those who have earned the award?

Ask the Chairman - Women and the Order

Why are women allowed in the Order of the Arrow?