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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 - Guidance on the Vigil Selection Process

Q. Mr. Capp,

I have a few questions about the Vigil selection process that you could help me better understand.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - NOAC 2015 Questions

Q. Ray,

 I have several questions regarding NOAC 2015:

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Why was the Lenni Lenape dictionary removed from the latest OA Handbook?

Q. Dear Ray,

Why was the Lenni Lenape word list left out of the new edition of the OA Handbook distributed at NOAC? I have found the list very useful for determining Vigil Indian names.

Thank you,
John


A. Dear John,

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Can someone be considered a Vigil Honor member if they die before induction?

Q: Ray,
 
If a person is selected for the Vigil Honor by the Vigil nominating committee but passes away before they are called out or they complete the Vigil induction, are they considered a Vigil Honor member? If not, can the lodge still recognize them as Vigil?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - What is the role of the national chief within the BSA?

Q: Ray,

Outside of the Order of the Arrow, does the national chief (or national vice chief for that matter) have any other responsibilities within the BSA?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - NOAC 2015

Q. How did the national committee decide on Michigan State University as the site of the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference?

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Order of the Arrow Sash

Q. When should the OA sash be worn?

A. Your OA sash, wear it at OA events and when you represent the OA, over the right shoulder, never over the belt.

Oct 29, 2016   Ask the Chairman
Ask the Chairman - Non-OA Adult Leaders at OA Camping Functions

Q. Ray,
Can non-OA Adult Leaders attend OA Camping Functions (e.g. lodge events, conclave, etc)?

Gene

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