Skip to main content

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 - Is there a minimum age for election to the OA?

The information on this page may not reflect the changes to the Order of the Arrow membership requirements effective February 1, 2019.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - How do the national officers fit all of their travels into their school schedules

Q: Ray,
 
In your role, you work closely with the national officers. How do you work with them to ensure they can fit their OA travel into their full time student schedules?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - April Fools

Q. I was talking with an Arrowman who had seen some seemingly real policy announcements posted on the Internet from the national Order of the Arrow committee. It turns out that they were intended to be April Fools jokes but were not clearly identified as such.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Election of an ineligible Scout

Q. Ray,

What should happen if a Scoutmaster (either knowingly or unwittingly) certifies a Scout as eligible for election when he clearly is not eligible and that Scout is subsequently “called out?”

Thanks,
Randy

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Should an OA troop rep adviser wear the OA assistant Scoutmaster patch?

Q. Dear Ray,

I am a troop committee member as well as a OA Vigil Honor member. I recently was designated as the OA troop representative adviser for my troop. The requirements for this position state that the scouter may be either an assistant unit leader or committee member.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - How can I sign up for OA High Adventure opportunities?

Q: Ray,

How can youth members of my lodge get more information and sign-up for the OA High Adventure programs?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Key Volunteer

Q. What is a Key Volunteer in the Order of the Arrow national structure?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Journey to Excellence

Q. Hello Ray,
In our Lodge Journey to Excellence, does lodge member attendance at national events (such as NOAC) mean just contingent Arrowmen, or contingent plus staff Arrowmen?

Thanks,
Doug

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman