OA Unit Representative

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.

In an effort to improve the OA Unit Representative program within the Lodge, we have a created a form that is available for all OA Unit Representatives to fill out and submit online. Once completed, the Lodge will be able to better communicate to all of the OA Unit Representatives across the Lincoln Heritage Council about any OA information that needs to be shared with the Units. Once the form is completed and submitted to the Lodge, we will send in the mail a complimentary Order of the Arrow Unit Representative position patch to the Scout who is fulfilling the position. As a reminder, whenever the OA Unit Representative within the troop changes, a new form will need to be filled out and submitted online so that we have their contact information and a position patch can be mailed to the Scout. Below, you will find the duties and qualifications of an OA Unit Representative:

OA Unit Representative Duties:

Serves as a communication link between the lodge or chapter and the unit.
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 unit.
Encourages Arrowmen to assume leadership positions in the unit.
Encourages Arrowmen in the unit 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.

Qualifications:

Youth membership in their unit (Under 18 years old for a troop or under 21 years old for a crew/ship)
Appointed by SPL/Crew President/Boatswain with SM/Crew Advisor/Skipper approval
OA Member in good standing

The most up to date information can be found in this OA Unit Representative Support Pack https://oa-bsa.org/uploads/publications/UR-201905.pdf.