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Policy Updates

OA Temporary Camping Requirement Changes

Feedback from our lodge leaders indicates that existing requirements will substantially limit the number of Scouts that will be eligible...

Short-Term Camp NCAP Classification

Due to changes in the BSA's National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) standards, all lodge and chapter overnight events that are...

Reemerging from COVID-19: Membership Retention Incentives

A major focus of our Reemerging from COVID-19 initiatives centers on membership. Our priority has been to concentrate on ensuring...

Guidelines for Conducting Virtual Lodge Officer Elections

Many times, difficult situations lead to innovative solutions. COVID-19 has given lodges across the country the tough decision of whether...

Induction Guidance to Lodges Under COVID-19 Restrictions (Virtual Inductions)

New guidelines have been issued to provide lodges in areas under COVID-19 restrictions to proceed with induction events....

Increasing Induction of Adult Unit Leaders

We’ve made some key changes to the process by which adults can be selected by the lodge adult selection committee....

Temporary Camping Night Policy Due to COVID-19

In light of the extended period of camping restrictions attributable to COVID-19, following temporary modifications are being made to the...

Virtual Unit Elections and Induction Date Extension

The National OA Director has approved lodges to hold virtual unit elections until further notice. Due to the cancellation of...

Response to COVID-19

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority....

OA Ceremonial Update

Effective January 1, 2020, changes will be enacted pertaining to the attire worn by ceremonialists during the official Order of...

The Language of the OA to Serve as Primary Resource for OA Terminology

The Language of the OA encompasses style, usage and grammar norms observed by both the Boy Scouts of America and...

National Committee: Immediate Policy Changes

Brothers, In recent years, youth membership in the Order of the Arrow has declined significantly — down 18 percent since 2015....