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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can unit elections be held out of council while at another council's summer camp?
Where do you place the 50th and 60th Anniversary Awards? Where does the Arrowman Service Award go?
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.
Who selects the adult candidates and when can the nomination be submitted?
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?
Can the OA Legend patch be added to the sash?
Is there a way that a Venturing Crew can hold an election for Boy Scouts that completed their First Class rank?
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?
Why does the Order of the Arrow discourage beaded sashes?
Can the letter written for Brotherhood be used in Vigil selection?
What should become of the letter that an Ordeal candidate writes to the lodge secretary?
What are the service requirements for attaining Brotherhood membership?
Our lodge is telling us we cannot do call-outs in our district until the first of June. Is this a national policy?
How can an adult camp staffer be elected to the Order?
While on the Jamboree trip, there was a four night campout and a two night camp out, can those be combined?
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?
Do the camping requirements need to be fulfilled in a single troop?
How does the OA youth age range effect election to the OA?
Can the Scoutmaster add to or subtract from the candidacy requirements?
Has there ever been an OA membership given posthumously for an adult leader?
Are lodges allowed to give out an annual scholarship?
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?
Can parts of the Ordeal ceremony be used in a public recognition?
What are the final plans for the centennial sash?
What is national policy regarding face paint?
Which sashes should be worn for ceremonies?
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?
Why was the 2015 requirements for unit elections changed in this year’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) program?
Why did Order of the Arrow change the Vigil triangle on the Vigil sash?
Have the organizers of NOAC 2015 addressed this issue of each lodge bring their area's wood onto MSU's campus?
I have heard some people who have not seen the crate, nor read the instructions, are concerned about the transportation of invasive species.
Which youth may be a part of the council executive board?
Is the local council summer camp the only sanctioned camp for call outs?
Are only OA members allowed to conduct crossover ceremonies?
What defines an “active” Arrowman?
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?
Does the lodge chief (youth member) get to vote on issues on the council executive board?
How many lodges may an Arrowman be a member of?
Is there a congratulatory letter available from the Order of the Arrow?
Can a Scout who is elected in the spring attend a spring Ordeal?
A Scout recently moved and join our troop. Where does he need to complete his Ordeal?
Is it possible for a deceased Scout to be elected into the OA?
Can a "lone Scout" be elected to the OA?
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?
Can a Troop withdrawl an elected Scout that has not yet been through the Ordeal?
What is the official policy on lodges withholding unit elections from troops that request one? Does any policy exist?
Who should serve on the Founder's Award selection committee?
Is there a deadline for submitting Vigil Candidates to National? How long after submission do we need to wait to conduct the Vigil Callout?
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?
Has the handclasp of the Order been the same over all these years, or has it changed?
Are their rules for holding chapter elections?
What other opportunities are available to be a part of the Centennial Celebration?
Our chapter has recently received donations for utilization as scholarships. How does a lodge handle finances for scholarships?
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?
Can the commemorative red sash be made available to those who were unable to attend NOAC 2015 because of the 2015 World Scout Jamboree?
Is the Broken Arrow ceremony official or did a lodge create it?
Should staff members attending national events be included in the Journey To Excellence counts?
The 2012 Journey to Excellence process caused confusion, what is the status of this program and the future process?
What is a Key Volunteer in the Order of the Arrow national structure?
Should Lodge Officers have a vote on the LEC or should it just be chapter chiefs?
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?
Is it possible to purchase a life membership in the Order of the Arrow?
What is the status of the Lodge Assistance Program?
Can the council remove funds from the OA account at their discretion without LEC discussion or approval?
Why is the Lodge JTE membership different than the council?
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.
Does the long term camping requirement have to be fulfilled at a BSA accredited 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?
Is it possible to meet the camping requirement while registered with a troop and a Venturing crew?
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.
I am looking for historical records, where may I find these?
What is the proper procedure for Vigil induction for Arrowmen on active duty in the military?
How did the national committee decide on Michigan State University as the site of the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference?
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?
A contingent advisers asks several questions in regards to NOAC 2015.
What is the process for applying for NOAC staff?
How do you become part of a national committee?
How do you become a section chief and then national chief or any other national positions?
What to do when nominating a lodge adviser for the Distinguished Service Award?
Are parents / non-Scouters are allowed at the Ordeal Ceremony?
Can non-OA Adult Leaders attend OA Camping Functions (e.g. lodge events, conclave, etc)?
When should the OA Assistant Scoutmaster Patch be worn?
I heard that the OA and the National Eagle Scout Association are merging. True?
Is the old sash my son was given by his godfather acceptable for his wear?
When should the OA sash be worn?
Where do Arrowmen and the lodge order OA items?
Will parents be able to attend NOAC 2015 as a visitor to the conference?
I have been away from Scouting for many years, how do I renew my membership in the Order?
Does an elangomat have the right to tell an adult what to do?
Does the supreme chief of the fire have the final say in a decision?
What is the Scoutmaster's role in unit elections?
Can service hours be counted for the OA and a Scout's rank?
What would you say to Arrowmen who are disappointed that there will be a single commemorative sash at NOAC 2015?
I heard that the National Committee has created a bunch of Task Forces. What do they do and how does that work?
Are NOAC promotional patches are exclusively reserved for NOAC contingent participants?
What are the tour permit requirements for lodge events? What are the tour permit requirements for national events (NOAC, NLS/NLATS)?
What is the term of office for the OA Troop/Team Representative?
Are two-piece lodge flap sets allowed to be worn on the BSA field uniform?
Is there a minimum time period before a Scout can be elected to the OA?