Skip to main content
We've detected that you're using an unsupported browser. You may experience issues using the OA website. Please visit our supported browsers page for more information.

Unit Representative Adviser Position Description

Role of the OA Unit Representative Adviser

The adviser to the Unit Representative assists the youth representative so that he might succeed in his role as the communication and programmatic link between the unit and the lodge or chapter. The adviser helps to include the Order of the Arrow ideals and activities in the program of the troop. Be setting a good example, the adviser enhances the image of the Order as a service arm to the unit.

Duties of the Adviser to the OA Representative:

  • Supports the youth he or she advises, helping him or her to fully understand the needs of the unit and the elements of the lodge and chapter structure that are responsible for support to the unit.
  • Promotes the incorporation of OA ideals into the advancement program of the unit, in unit leader conferences, boards of review, and courts of honor. Promotes recognition of members who have completed their Ordeal, achieved Brotherhood, or been inducted into Vigil Honor membership within the unit.
  • Attends lodge and chapter meetings with the youth he or she advises.
  • Ensures that the OA Representative has the necessary transportation.
  • Helps the lodge, chapter, or Extended Elangomat in insuring that messages and documents regarding the achievement of Brotherhood reach Ordeal members in the troop/team and works with the OA Representative to assess their impact.
  • Assists the OA Representative in providing feedback to the Lodge or Chapter the reaction of the unit and its OA members to the success of the OA programs which affect the unit, including Ordeals, unit elections, call-outs, camp promotion visits, meetings and service projects.
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath, Scout Law and OA Obligation
  • Shows Scout spirit


  • A unit assistant leader or committee member at least 21 years old
  • Appointed by the unit leader with the approval of the unit committee chairman
  • OA member in good standing

Reports To:

  • Unit leader