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Language of the OA

The Language of the OA encompasses style, usage, and grammar norms observed by both the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow. The OA has developed this resource so that communications at every level of the organization are more consistent. Through periodic updates of terminology, it will become a more comprehensive primary resource to ensure chapters, lodges, sections and regions are aware of terms and style specific to the OA.

For more information on broader Scouting terms not commonly used in day-to-day OA operations, please visit The Language of Scouting and BSA Style Manual. To suggest an update and/or edit of The Language of the OA, please email @email.

Term#AdventureAwaits
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to promote OA High Adventure programs and anything outdoors related.

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#ArrowmenServe
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to promote the Arrowman Service Award, and all other service related endevors in the Order of the Arrow.

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#ArrowTour
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag for anything relating to the general ArrowTour program.

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#ChooseOA
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social media hashtag used to promote the OA to potential members, Scoutmasters, parents, and/or non-members.

Style and Usage

Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#DareToDo
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag of the "Dare to Do" movement, in which participants pledge to preform one act of service each day, and then share it on social media. Used at the beggining or conclusion of posts.

Style and Usage

Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#FuelScoutingsAdventure
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag of the OA's staff presence at the 2017 National Jamboree. 

Style and Usage

Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#HackOA
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to promote OA hackathons. Used during and after event in social media posts.

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#OA100
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag of centennial anniversary communications. Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. 

Style and Usage

Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#OABSA
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to generally promote the Order of the Arrow.

Style and Usage
Examples
Term#OACO
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to promote OA Canadian Odyssey at Northern Tier.

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#OAHA
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to generally promote OA High Adventure programs.

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#OAOA
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to promote OA Ocean Adventure at the Florida Sea Base.

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#OASE
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to promote OA Summit Experience at Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#OATC
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to promote OA Trail Crew at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#OAWV
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to promote OA Wilderness Voyage at Northern Tier.

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term#TakeTheLead
Category
Social Media
Definition

Official social hashtag used to promote OA-centric training events and initiatives. 

Style and Usage

Used within or at the conclusion of social posts. Do not use outside social media posts unless it is used to promote the hashtag. Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Term100+ Club
Category
2015 NOAC
Definition

A NOAC 2015 incentive program that challenges lodges to bring 100 or more of their members to the conference.

Style and Usage

Capitalize as shown.

Examples
Termadviser/Adviser
Category
OA General
Definition

A member of the Order of the Arrow who is at least 21 years of age, is responsible to the Scout executive, supervises the program, and guides, counsels, and mentors youth on an Order of the Arrow organization or committee (e.g, lodge adviser, staff adviser, ceremony team adviser, etc.).

Style and Usage

Capitalize in sentence case, unless it is used to precede a person’s name. Do not use “advisor” in the OA (more info).

Examples

"Johnny Scout is a lodge adviser," "Na Tsi Hi Lodge Adviser Johnny Scout"

TermAIA
Category
2015 NOAC
Definition

American Indian Activities Committee

Style and Usage

Should not be used in guest communications.

Examples
TermAmerican Indian
Category
OA General
Definition

This term is preferred to "Native American" when referring to Indigenous People of the continental United States. "Native American" also applies to include native peoples of the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Guam. When possible, be required and use the name of a specific tribe, Such as "Chinook tribe," "Chinook Indian tribe."

Style and Usage

Capitalize as shown.

Examples
TermAnnual Report
Category
Publications
Definition

Annual publication of the National Order of the Arrow Committee that details organizational operations and achievements for the previous year and presents a current vision for the future.

Style and Usage

Capitalize and italicized as shown.

Examples
TermARC
Category
2015 NOAC
Definition

Activities and Recreation Committee

Style and Usage

Should not be used in guest communications.

Examples
Termarea
Category
OA Organization
Definition

An administrative section of a BSA region containing a number of councils. Organizational equivalent of a section within the Order of the Arrow, though it is possible for one area to have multiple sections. In the OA, sections contain a number of lodges (charted to the council). Regions have from five to eight areas. 

Style and Usage

Capitalize in sentence case unless referring to a specific area. When referring to a specific area, use numerals.

Examples

Area 1, Area 4, "an area event"

TermArrowCorps Puerto Rico
Category
OA General
Definition

In September 2017, the island of Puerto Rico was devastated by a category five hurricane; Maria. Many people in affected areas lost power for months, and suffered extreme property damage. The council camp in Puerto Rico, Camp Guajataka, suffered intense damage. Later that year, a group of Arrowmen from Section NE-5 created a patch fundraiser to assist with cleanup and repair efforts. After raising over $50,000, ArrowCorps Puerto Rico was born - a weeklong service project with 100 Arrowmen from across the country, rebuilding Camp Guajataka. Held in the spring of 2018, the week of service made Camp Guajataka operational for the upcoming camping season.

Style and Usage

Capitalize as shown. An Arrowman who attends ArrowCorps Puerto Rico is named a "participant."

Examples
TermArrowCorps⁵
Category
OA General
Definition

A national OA service project where over 3600 Arrowmen provided over 280,000 man-hours of service to our National Parks. Sites included the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Manti-La Sal National Forest, the Mark Twain National Forest, and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. 

Style and Usage

Capitalize and italicized as shown. If possible, the 5 should be superscript.

Examples