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

Q: Dear Ray,

Is it acceptable for members of a chapter or lodge to not participate in one or more of the four tests of the Ordeal in the presence or view of the candidates for convenience or logistical simplicity?

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Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Lodge/Chapter Chief

Q. 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.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Where do you place the anniversary award sash patches?

Q. Ray,
As a youth I earned the 60th Anniversary Award and now as an adult I am progressing towards earning the Arrowman Service Award.

When I complete the requirements, you have said that we could wear both patches on our sash.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Can members who are not dues paid wear a lodge flap?

Q. Mr. Capp,
In my lodge there is a question that is always asked. 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?

Thank you very much,
Glen

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - How was the new national chairman chosen?

Q: Ray,
 
I have heard that there is a transition happening and that the OA will have a new chairman, soon. How does this process happen, and can you tell us who the new chairman is and how we communicate with him?
 
Your frequent pen pal,
Henry
 

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Long-term Camp

Q. Dear Ray,
Our troop visited the Jamboree. It was wonderful. On our trip, we spent four nights camping, then two nights in a hotel, then two nights camping.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - NOAC 2015 Day Passes/Visitors

Q. Ray,

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? How would I go about obtaining such a pass?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman