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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 - 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
Ask the Chairman - Camp Staff

Q. Dear Ray,
I am my Lodge’s Chapter Chief and people have been asking me about how to get one particular person from Camp Staff into the Order. He definitely deserves to be in our Order. The thing is that he was never allowed into a Troop as a youth.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Centennial Totem

Q: Ray, is our lodge required use the OA centennial totem on our lodge flaps and memorabilia items for NOAC 2015?

A: Thanks for your question and interest in having your lodge join in our centennial celebration!

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Defining an Active Arrowman

Q. Ray,
There are numerous references in our various books and guides that refer to an "active" Arrowman, but no definition of what constitutes "active." Can you give me a definitive answer as to what being “active” entails?

Thank you,
Everette

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman