Unit OA Representatives
What do I do as a Unit OA Representative?
This is the most important position in the Order of the Arrow. As unit OA Representative, you are the link between your unit (Troop, Ship, Crew, or Team) and your Chapter.
Without your help, the Chapter won't know how to best support your unit, and the unit won't know what's happening in the Order of the Arrow.
Thank you for answering the call to serve, and remember that everyone in the Chapter is here to help you do your job well.
Attend unit and chapter meetings regularly as a youth representative of the unit and Order.
Serve as a two-way communication link between the unit and the lodge or chapter.
Arrange with the chapter election team to conduct an annual Order of the Arrow election for the unit at the time determined by the unit leadership.
Arrange with the lodge or chapter for at least one camp promotion visit to the unit annually.
Make at least one high adventure presentation to the troop, including the OA programs, annually.
As requested by the youth leader, participate in unit Courts of Honor by recognizing high adventure participation of unit members, induction of new OA members, changes in OA honors of unit members, and other appropriate events.
Coordinate the Induction process for newly elected candidates by ensuring they know the time and location of the Ordeal, providing information of what to bring to the Ordeal, assisting (as needed) in arranging transportation to the Ordeal, and offering assistance (as needed) to the Lodge in the Ordeal process.
Assist current Ordeal members in the troop in sealing their membership through Brotherhood membership by ensuring they know the time and location of Brotherhood opportunities, assisting (as needed) in arranging transportation to the Brotherhood opportunities, and offering assistance to the Lodge (as needed) in the Brotherhood process. Also, at the discretion of the unit leadership, offer periodic training and discussions of OA principles, symbolism, and the Legend as needed by and appropriate for the unit's members of the Order.
Lead at least one unit service project for the community or charter partner during the year.
Assist the unit (as appropriate) as a trainer of leadership and outdoor skills.
In all cases, advocate environmental stewardship and Leave No Trace camping.
Set a good example by wearing the Scout uniform correctly, showing Scout spirit, and living by the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and the OA Obligation.