The National Order of the Arrow Web Site focuses mainly on national programs and publications, not on local lodge events or operations. If you have questions about the Order of the Arrow, you should first try to get an answer locally from your own lodge or chapter chief or adviser. If you do not know who they are, you can contact your local council service center to find out. Many questions we receive (about such concerns as lodge dues, unit election deadlines, conclave dates, lodge newsletter mailings, and so on) can only be answered by the specific local lodge involved, so we can't help you with them.
For national-related questions, you should first look in the various publications of the OA, the Operation Updates, and the National Bulletin. General questions and answers are listed below. Specific questions are addressed in the Ask the Chairman feature. This Ask the Chairman question and answer should answer questions from past Arrowman looking for membership renewal and records.
- Q/A: Accessing Safeguarded Material
- Q/A: Adult Membership Requirements
- Q/A: Age for OA Activities
- Q/A: Are any OA training materials available online?
- Q/A: Arrowman Service Award: Adult Requirement Question
- Q/A: Camping Requirement Interpretation
- Q/A: Can the position of OA Troop/Team Representative be used for BSA rank advancement?
- Q/A: Cub Den Leader Wearing a Lodge Flap
- Q/A: Dissolution of a Lodge
- Q/A: External Site Links
- Q/A: Founder's Award Application
- Q/A: Health and Medical Checks
- Q/A: How to Change Membership to a New Lodge
- Q/A: How to Pay Lodge Dues
- Q/A: How to verify old membership
- Q/A: Is there a Lodge transfer form available?
- Q/A: Is there a national Founder's Award list?
- Q/A: Links to the National OA Website
- Q/A: Lodge Flaps on Venturing Uniforms
- Q/A: Lone Scouts
- Q/A: My old lodge does not exist anymore
- Q/A: New Lodge Membership as an Adult
- Q/A: Number of Adult Recommendations per Unit
- Q/A: OA High Adventure Minimum Age Requirement
- Q/A: OA Troop/Team Representative Advisers
- Q/A: Old Membership Records
- Q/A: Old Vigil Records
- Q/A: Ordering Ceremonies Booklets
- Q/A: Personal contact information
- Q/A: Reprinting Website Material
- Q/A: Resident Camping Requirement
- Q/A: Restarting Active OA Membership
- Q/A: The Admonition
- Q/A: The Handclasp of the Lodge
- Q/A: Using Pictures from the National OA Website
- Q/A: Venturing Crew Elections
- Q/A: Verifying a Vigil Honor Member
- Q/A: Wearing your Current OA Lodge's Flap
- Q/A: Web Hosting
- Q/A: Why the OA Logo was Changed
What if my question wasn't answered above?
If your questions are not answered in the above publications and resources, you should next try to get an answer locally from your own lodge chief or adviser, chapter chief or adviser, or the lodge staff adviser.
If you are unable to find an answer from these sources, you may send your question to @email. Because this site is operated by volunteers, under the authority of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, it may take several weeks to respond to your question, so please be patient. Due to the volume of email received, we may not be able to respond directly to every question sent to us.
Policy questions that need an immediate response should be directed to the National Order of the Arrow Office by phone at 972-580-2438.
Please do not send emails asking when an expected mailing will go out from the National OA Office. The mailing schedule is controlled by the national office, not the web site.