The national Order of the Arrow chairman answers your questions on a regular basis. You may contact the chairman, Mike Hoffman, at @email.
We have a "lone scout", the only remaining young man in his troop. Long story short, he would like to have the opportunity for OA, but his troop cannot do an election. We just found this out as he was one of the kids that went to the Jamboree from our council.
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.
Has there ever been an OA membership given posthumously for an adult leader?
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.
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?
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.
Q. Mr. Chairman,
How do you become part of a national committee?
Here's a question for your Ask the Chairman section: Can a lodge hold a ceremony outside of its council boundaries? For instance, if a Lodge wanted to hold a Brotherhood ceremony at a Conclave that it wasn't hosting or at a NOAC, could it?