National OA Web Site Information and Policies

Operation

This is the Official National Website for the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America. The main goal of this website is to communicate official, approved information to Arrowmen who have web access. The site is produced by the National OA Website staff under the direction of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the National Order of the Arrow Committee.

The web site Youth Coordinator is Patrick Burtchaell, and the Adviser is Doug Kupec. Anthony Fiori is the National OA Committee Lead Adviser for the website. Craig Salazar is the National OA Committee Communications and Technology vice-chair.

This site follows the Official OA Web Site Guidelines.

Use of material from this site

In general, Order of the Arrow members may freely reprint material from the National OA Website for their own use, or in local publications as part of the official program of the OA, as long as proper credit is given as to where the material came from. (A simple byline of "-from the National OA Website, www.oa-bsa.org" is fine, or the footer statement that appears on the bottom of each page can be used.)

Please do not copy the material presented here to a local web site. Instead, put a link to the appropriate page. A basic entry like "The new OA Strategic Plan [on the national OA web site]" is quite common. This ensures that local users will always get the most current copy when the pages here are updated, and it also saves local webmasters from any need to edit or retype our pages. The only exception to this policy is the clipart explictly made available for use elsewhere.

OA Marks and Logos

The names “Order of the Arrow” and “NOAC," the official Order of the Arrow logo, and the Order of Arrow centennial totem and centennial logo are trademarks of the Boy Scouts of America. They may be used in accordance with our brand guidelines for the purpose of promoting OA programs via the Internet, social media, etc. OA marks and logos may not be used on patches, T-shirts, hats, bags or other goods unless the item is produced by either the BSA National Supply Group or an authorized BSA licensee (see listing at http://www.licensingbsa.org/bsa-licensee-list/). All other vendors must obtain a written product license from the Boy Scouts of America National Council in order to make custom products using OA marks. To request a license application to use OA marks on custom products, please visit the BSA’s trademark licensing department at www.scouting.org/licensing.  Please note that the license application review process takes between 2-4 weeks.

Updates

The site is updated regularly, as new material becomes available. See the What's New page for recent updates.

Linking to the site

All Scouting and related web sites are encouraged to link to Official National Order of the Arrow Website.

If you have a web page, you can put a link banner on it to connect to the Official National Order of the Arrow Website. It's easy to do - see our Link Back Banner Page for details.

Safeguarded Material

To ensure that Scouts and Scouters who may be going through various Order of the Arrow ceremonies in the future do not have their experience lessened or spoiled, some of the material on this web site is protected. See the Safeguarded Material page for more details.

Questions

If you have questions about the Order of the Arrow, you should first try to get an answer locally from your own lodge or chapter chief or adviser. If you can not get an answer locally, or if you wish to provide comments on the National OA Website, please see our Questions and Comments page.

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