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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 - Why are the JTE gold-level requirements so difficult?

Q: Ray,

Why are some of the gold-level requirements for the Journey to Excellence (JTE) program so unfair? I’m a member of my lodge executive committee, and we look at some of the things you need to do for gold-level JTE and don’t see how that’s even possible.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Elected Candidates

Q. Ray,
Can a Scout who is elected in the spring attend a spring Ordeal?

Thank you,
Randall

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Camping Requirement II

Q. Ray,
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?

Richard

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Legacy Project Lodge History Book

Q. 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? Do we bring it home after the conference or donate it to the museum following NOAC?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Brotherhood Service Requirements

Q. I recently had a conversation with an OA chapter adviser about an Ordeal member who was denied taking part in the Brotherhood Ceremony because he had not attended chapter meetings during the 10 months of service.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Can an OA Membership be given Posthumously?

Q. Ray,
Has there ever been an OA membership given posthumously for an adult leader?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Must all ceremony sites be ADA compliant?

Q. Greetings Ray,

There seems to be the impression among members of our lodge that, due to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we must have all of our OA ceremony rings handicap accessible.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Is the term lodge executive committee an official term?

Q: Dear Ray,
 
My question involves the naming of the LEC. Deciding the name "lodge executive committee" was too threatening, my lodge decided to change ​the name to "general lodge leadership". I wanted to clarify this, as I have never heard of a lodge use a name other than LEC.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - What is Operation Arrow and how do I learn more information about it?

Q: Ray,

I've heard a lot of talk about Operation Arrow, but am not sure what the right fit for me is at the Jamboree. What opportunities are still available for Arrowmen to serve on staff at the 2017 National Jamboree and how do I find out more?

Thanks,

Christopher

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Troop/Team Representative

Q. Ray,
What is the term of office for the OA Troop/Team Representative? Some unit leaders use a 6 month term, but I heard it was supposed to be 12 month term.
Appreciate in advance your time and effort.

WWW,
Carl

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman