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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 - 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 - Elections: Withdrawing a Candidate

Q. Mr. Capp,
I am having a meeting tonight with a Troop that is having a problem with one of the Scouts that has been elected to become an Order of the Arrow candidate. He has not been called out yet. The Troop wants to withdraw/cancelled his nomination. Here are my questions:

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Founder's Award Selection Committee

Q. I'm serving as adviser to a youth-led committee charged with selecting Vigil Honor and Founder's Award candidates. We have good guidance on the Vigil Honor selection process but very little on the Founder’s Award. So:

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Two-Piece Lodge Flaps

Q. Dear Ray,
I was told today by a member of our lodge that the National Order of the Arrow Committee has made a decree that 2-piece (full pocket) lodge flaps are no longer allowed to be worn on the BSA field uniform. Is this true?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Is the “Broken Arrow” ceremony an official ceremony?

Q. Ray,
I have heard of a ceremony for deceased Arrowmen called the “Broken Arrow” ceremony. Is this ceremony legitimate or just something a lodge made up?

Sincerely,
Joseph

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Can region chiefs be elected national chief or national vice chief?

Q: Ray,
 
Can the region chiefs be considered as candidates for national chief or national vice chief after their term as region chief has concluded?
 

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - National Order of the Arrow Committee

Q. Mr. Chairman,
How do you become part of a national committee?

Samuel

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