20 May

Troop Representatives

“Let it be remembered that the Order of the Arrow was created to help the unit – to help it present its membership a better ideal of the inner qualities of the good scout camper. Qualities of character, like cheerfulness and service, are hard for a boy or a man to understand in the abstract. They come easier when seen in human life. Let us realize the significance of the Order in the unit – for the unit is our best hope in Scouting.”

Dr. E. Urner Goodman
Founder, Order of the Arrow

Troop Representative EmblemThe Order of the Arrow Troop Representative or Team Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local OA lodge or chapter and his unit. In his unit, he 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.

Job Description, Duties and Qualifications

OA Troop Representative Job Description:

An Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local OA lodge or chapter and his troop. In his troop, he serves as a communication and programmatic link to the Arrowman and adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. He does this in a fashion that strengthens the mission of the lodge and purpose of the Order. By setting a good example, he enhances the image of the Order as a service arm to his troop.

OA Troop Representative Duties:

  • Serves as a communication link between the lodge or chapter 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/or chapter activities and to seal their membership in the Order by becoming Brotherhood members.
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath, Scout Law and OA Obligation
  • Shows Scout spirit

OA Troop Representative Qualifications:

  • Under 18 years old
  • Appointed by SPL with SM approval
  • OA Member in good standing

OA Troop Representative Reports To:

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Who Benefits from the OA Troop/Team Representative Program?

Scouting:

  • 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

Lodge/Chapter:

  • 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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