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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 @email.

Ask the Chairman - Reconnecting with Scouting and the OA

Q: Hi Mike, I'm volunteering with my son's troop in Champaign, IL. Is there a way a former lodge member (Monaken...

Ask the Chairman - Video Materials

Q: Mike, I am the chapter adviser for a district in the Sam Houston Area Council in Texas. At next week’s...

Ask the Chairman - Brotherhood Never Awarded

Q: Mike, I feel I met the Brotherhood requirements as a youth, but was never "advanced" to Brotherhood. Is there some...

Ask the Chairman - OA Sashes

Q: Hello Mike, We recently discovered an interesting thread regarding beaded OA sashes. A group of us have interest in presenting...

Ask the Chairman - Membership Records

Q: Hello Brother Mike! In my position as a chapter adviser I was recently approached by a Scoutmaster to ask if...

Ask the Chairman - Adviser Patch

Q: Hi Mike, I am the manager of a Scout shop for the Supply Group located in Ohio. One of my...

Ask the Chairman - Ordeal Guests/Parents

Q: Hello Mike, I was wondering if there is any specific policy regarding having non-member guests and parents attend an Ordeal...

Ask the Chairman - Rule of Order

Q: Mike, Thank you for taking my question. My lodge has a different opinion than the national guidelines regarding the wearing...

Ask the Chairman - Ordeals at Other Locations Besides Scout Camps

Q: Hello Mike, I was wondering if Ordeals can only be held at Scout camps, or if they can be held...

Ask the Chairman - Vigil Selection Committee

Dear Mr. Chairman My name is Joseph. My lodge is currently deciding its next Vigil Honor selection chairman. However, an issue...

Ask the Chairman - NOAC Centennial Promotion Patch on Uniform

Q: Mike, I and many others in my lodge who attended NOAC 2015 sewed the promotional patch on our uniforms above...

Ask the Chairman - Lodgemaster Update

Q: Mike, Is there a way to get the troop details that will be used to compute the Lodgemaster JTE unit...