The National Order of the Arrow Committee is focusing on a concerted effort to create tools and develop resources for local-area Scout leaders. For the Order of the Arrow to provide the best support to units, we have created the Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence recognition program.
This program incentivizes your unit to participate in local Order of the Arrow events, hold annual elections for those Scouts members who are eligible for OA membership, and implement the OA Unit Representative Program. 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 program. Units who qualify for OA Unit of Excellence recognition will be presented with a ribbon from your local lodge to be displayed on your unit flagpole. In addition, your unit’s Representative, Units Representative Advisor, and Scoutmaster are eligible for awards associated with their roles in supporting the achievement of your OA Unit of Excellence status. Requirements for the award. You can find the forms there or conveniently on our website https://www.bmcbsa.org/oa .
As new members are elected into the Order of the Arrow, they experience leadership development opportunities that build upon the lessons learned in their units about living a life of character and leading by example. Lodge and chapter events are designed to improve upon the experience of OA members so that they can bring back greater value to the Scouts in their unit.
The OA Representative program offers a youth in your unit the chance to develop leadership and communication skills as an officer of your unit and bring greater connectivity between your OA lodge and the youth of your unit. To effectively implement the OA Representative program, you should also appoint an adult leader to serve as an OA Unit Representative Adviser. The OA Unit Representative Adviser is a new, official BSA adult position of responsibility that has been created in conjunction with this award, and formally establishes the role for an adult to guide and mentor the youth OA Representative.
If you have any questions about the Order of the Arrow or the programs your unit can participate in, please contact:
Lodge Advisor: Mirandy Donley
Phone: 509-554-0018 Email: Mirandy94scouts@gmail.com
Thank you for your service to Scouting and we hope you will participate in the OA Unit of Excellence program.
Yours in Scouting,
Zack Nelson Mirandy Donley
Lodge Chief Lodge Adviser