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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 - Founder's Award Selection Committee

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:

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Concerns about Legacy Project wood for the Centennial Fire

Q. Ray,

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.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman: New Ordeal members and the Arrowman Service Award

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:

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Can a unit election be conducted in American Indian regalia?

Q. Dear Ray,

A unit has requested that our election team conduct their election in American Indian regalia. I have never seen this.  Is it okay for our team to do an election out of uniform?
 
Thanks,
An Adviser Seeking Advice


A. Dear Adviser,

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - What training resources are available to help my lodge?

Q: Ray,
 
I am the training chairman for my lodge. I am looking for resources that might help me to develop a series of continual training sessions for our lodge executive committee. What resources are available to help with this project?
 
Thanks,
 
John

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - How do we implement the new OA brand guidelines?

Q: Ray, 
My lodge's flap was recently denied because of the new brand guidelines. What advice do you have for our leadership? It seems quite difficult to adhere to these standards.

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 - Elections: Withdrawing a Candidate

Q. Mr. Capp,
I am having a meeting tonight with a Troop that is having a problem with one of the Scouts that has been elected to become an Order of the Arrow candidate. He has not been called out yet. The Troop wants to withdraw/cancelled his nomination. Here are my questions:

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman