The Order of the Arrow unit Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local OA lodge or chapter and his troop. In his unit, he helps meet the needs of the unit and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. He will do this in a fashion that strengthens the mission of the lodge, purpose of the Order and the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. By setting a good example, he will enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to his unit.
OA Troop/ Team Representative Duties:
- Serves as a communication link between the lodge and the troop.
- Encourages year round and resident camping in the troop.
- Encourages older Scout participation in high adventure programs.
- Encourages Scouts to actively participate in community service projects.
- Assists with leadership skills training in the troop.
- Encourages Arrowmen to assume leadership positions in the troop.
- Encourages Arrowmen in the troop to be active participants in the lodge and become Brotherhood members.
- Helps their unit earn the OA Unit Award of Excellence
- Sets a good example.
- Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
- Lives by the Scout Oath, Scout Law and OA Obligation.
- Shows Scout spirit.
- Under 18 year old for the entire term – January to December each year.
- Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader with Scoutmaster Approval
- OA Member in Good Standing (Current Dues Paid)
- Has his own Assistant Scoutmaster Adviser approved by the Scoutmaster – Find information HERE
- Helps your unit earn the OA Unit of Excellence Award
- Reports to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Flow of Information:
The following is a list of information that needs to flow between the OA Troop Representative and the Lodge:
- Does the unit conduct monthly campouts?
- Does the unit attend a long-term camp?
- Do the unit’s older scouts participate in high adventure programs?
- Does the unit need assistance with its outdoor program?
- Does the unit need assistance with community service projects?
- Does the unit need assistance with training?
- Do the unit’s OA members participate in Lodge functions? Name of the new OA Troop Representative
- Reaction of the Troop members to the Lodge program.
Who Benefits from the OA Troop/Team Representative Program?
- With the Troop/Team Representative as a liaison between the Order of the Arrow and the troop or team, the camp promotions process will be smoother, leading to greater numbers of Scouts at summer camp.
- Creates a vehicle to strengthen the ties between the OA and the individual BSA troop or team. This will help with the retention of the older Scouts.
- With the organization of service projects, Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts will be seen actively helping others in their communities.
- With an easier camp promotions process, the lodge can increase the number of units visited, increasing the effectiveness of this program in the Council.
- Eases the unit election process by having a person in the troop or team whose job is to ensure that elections are held.
- With positive OA leadership on the unit level, lodges will experience greater membership retention and higher Brotherhood conversion rates.
- A Unit’s OA members will have someone to organize transportation to OA events, increasing attendance at chapter/lodge functions.
Troop and Team:
- The coordination of OA calendar with that of troop and team will prevent OA members from having to choose between OA functions and unit events.
- With the organization of service projects, there will be greater opportunity for community service hours that are required for rank advancement.
- Experienced Arrowmen from other units who may be able to share their knowledge can be sought out by the OA Representative to augment the troop program.
- Creates more opportunities for leadership in the troop or team for both youth and adults, effectively increasing membership retention.
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OA Troop/Team Representative Summit
The OA Troop/Team Representative Summit is a training experience for OA troop/team representatives and their advisers from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The summit focuses on building leadership skills, providing service to the troop and working with the OA troop/team representative adviser.
The summit emphasizes how the OA troop/team representative is a jack of all trades in his various leadership situations. The course also revolves around the OA Unit of Excellence Award and will give Arrowmen an opportunity to develop a plan for their troop to achieve this recognition. Finally, Arrowmen will begin to think critically about crafting their own goals regarding service to their unit.
Lead Your Unit. Be The Catalyst. Inspire Others.
The OA troop/ream representative is a leadership position held by an OA member. He serves as a liaison among the unit, chapter and the lodge. Practically speaking, this gives your unit a voice in the OA and is the avenue through which your troops questions or requests of the OA are addressed.
As the primary platform where the Scouting program is delivered to youth, the unit is
the most vital and important level of the BSA for the Order to support. The Order of the
Arrow Unit of Excellence Award seeks to identify those units, and the leaders within
them, who excel at incorporating the OA into their annual planning.
Our hope is that units that complete these criteria will benefit from the support
programs that the Order of the Arrow has implemented to strengthen unit-delivered