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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 - What is Operation Arrow and how do I learn more information about it?

Q: Ray,

I've heard a lot of talk about Operation Arrow, but am not sure what the right fit for me is at the Jamboree. What opportunities are still available for Arrowmen to serve on staff at the 2017 National Jamboree and how do I find out more?

Thanks,

Christopher

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 - Can lodges provide annual scholarships?

Q. Hello Ray,
Are lodges allowed to give out an annual scholarship to a worthy Arrowman, if done properly?

In Brotherhood,
Joseph

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - To whom are the NOAC promotional patches intended to be distributed?

Q. Dear Ray:
I would like to know if the NOAC promotional patches are exclusively reserved for NOAC contingent participants or can they be distributed outside the contingent to lodge members?

Thank you!
Luis

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Is there an age requirement for an OA Troop/Team Representative Adviser?

Q. Dear Ray,
Does an assistant Scoutmaster acting as the troop representative adviser need to be at least 21 years old since if he is not he would still be a youth in the Order?

Yours in Service,
Brendan

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - When should the OA troop representative wear his sash?

Q: Ray,
 
I read the rules regarding when it is appropriate to wear the OA sash to troop meetings.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Can members choose not to participate in the tests of the Ordeal?

Q: Dear Ray,

Is it acceptable for members of a chapter or lodge to not participate in one or more of the four tests of the Ordeal in the presence or view of the candidates for convenience or logistical simplicity?

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Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Long-term Camp

Q. Dear Ray,
Our troop visited the Jamboree. It was wonderful. On our trip, we spent four nights camping, then two nights in a hotel, then two nights camping.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - NOAC 2015 Day Passes/Visitors

Q. Ray,

Several parents have asked me about obtaining a visitor’s pass for the day to visit their son while at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference, similar to the national Scout jamboree. Is this possible? How would I go about obtaining such a pass?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman