The national Order of the Arrow chairman answers your questions on a regular basis. You may contact the chairman, Mike Hoffman, at @email.
Q. Mr. Capp,
I have a few questions about the Vigil selection process that you could help me better understand.
Q. Dear Ray,
I was told today by a member of our lodge that the National Order of the Arrow Committee has made a decree that 2-piece (full pocket) lodge flaps are no longer allowed to be worn on the BSA field uniform. Is this true?
I have heard of a ceremony for deceased Arrowmen called the “Broken Arrow” ceremony. Is this ceremony legitimate or just something a lodge made up?
Q. Hi Ray,
I was wondering if you would be willing to share the officer installation script that you use at the national planning meeting for the national officer installation?
Thanks also for your leadership!
Q. I heard that the OA and the National Eagle Scout Association are merging. True?
I’ve noticed that the word adviser has different spellings in different Scouting programs. Which one is correct?
Q. I'm serving as adviser to a youth-led committee charged with selecting Vigil Honor and Founder's Award candidates. We have good guidance on the Vigil Honor selection process but very little on the Founder’s Award. So:
I just read the article in the May/June issue of Scouting Magazine, titled, "The Order of the Arrow at 100." It describes the plan for lodges to bring firewood to NOAC, where the wood will be burned in a ceremonial fire.
Q. Mr. Capp,
I am trying to find out if new ordeal members that have been inducted in the summer of 2015 are eligible for the Arrowman Service Award. Footnote one says: