Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who decides what camping activities qualify for the camping requirement needed for election to the Order of the Arrow?
  2. I have a question about Unit Elections. For the camping requirement of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping does the camping have to be at a Boy Scout owned and operated camp, or can it be a troop long term campout allowed by the council?
  3. What are the requirements for an adult to become a member of the OA? I realize that the rank requirement is not an issue but do they have to meet the rest of the requirements that the boys do?
  4. I went through my ordeal last year, but never got a membership card. Since then I have moved, and would like to know how to make sure I don't lose my OA membership.
  5. I was inducted into a lodge in the 70's as a Scout. I have recently become an assistant Scoutmaster and I would like to add a lodge patch to the pocket flap of my uniform. Do I still belong to the original lodge or do I now belong to the local lodge? Where do I look to buy the appropriate lodge patch
  6. When I was a Scout as a boy, I was in the OA and went through my Ordeal and Brotherhood. I am now an adult leader in my son's troop. Am I automatically in the OA (in other words, is OA a lifetime membership)? Or do I have to start all over with another Ordeal, and so forth?
  7. As a 15 year old, I went through the OA Ordeal. Now, as an adult, I am a den leader for my son's Cub Scout den. Can I wear the symbol of the OA on my den leader uniform?
  8. I was elected to OA as a Scout many years ago. I am becoming a uniformed Scouter where I live now, which is in another council. When I asked the local Scout shop about the OA patch for my uniform, I was told that I should wear the one from where I was elected, instead of the one for the council in which I now live. Is this correct?
  9. There has been some disagreement as to whether or not Venturing Crews can have OA elections and elect candidates for OA membership. Some people in our lodge say they can, while our Lodge Adviser says they can not. Can you please clear this up for us?
  10. My son is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. Recently he joined a Venturing Crew. While putting patches on his Venturing uniform, the question arose whether he could wear his lodge flap on his Venturing uniform. I know the Order of the Arrow does not do elections for Venturing Crews, but can a current member (be it Scout or Scouter) wear their lodge flap on a Venturing Uniform?
  11. What is the cutoff age for youths and adults in OA Activities?
  12. I was inducted around 1962 and then became a Brotherhood member while in a Scout troop. I am now interested in Scouting with my son, and would like to know how to verify my membership in the OA.