Re: OA Registration question...don't have handbook handy!
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Tue, 17 May 1994 22:33:37 EDT
Nathan Brindle <NBRINDLE%INDYCMS.bitnet@UKCC.uky.edu> writes:
>It has suddenly become urgent that I get a read on whether or not
>a certain person has a right to be reinstated as a member of the
>Order. I don't have my handbook with me here (*gasp*:) and if
>anyone can provide the answer, I will be grateful.
>The situation is that a gentleman who was a youth member of the Order
>was reinstated as an adult member of our Lodge last year. The question
>that has arisen is whether or not he was entitled to do so, as it turns
>out that he was not and is not currently registered with BSA in a dues-
>paying position. (He is registered as a Merit Badge Counselor with the
Who paid his dues? If he is registered with the BSA in any capacity,
then he *could* serve as a member of the Order of the Arrow in your
Lodge. However, your Lodge's Executive Committee has the final say on
>What several of the adult advisors believe at this point is that we won't
>have to do much to have him removed since he is not currently a dues-
>paying member of the BSA. Do we have a leg to stand on? Kathie? Mike?
Leg, knee, torso.
Membership in the Order of the Arrow is PREDICATED upon membership as
a volunteer, youth member or professional member of the Boy Scouts of
America. In order to become (or rebecome) a member of the Order of
the Arrow, a person MUST be registered as a youth member in a
unit; an adult (in this case) MUST be registered with a local Council
as a unit leader or member, as a volunteer Scouter or as a
Professional Scouter (either professional-technical or
Therefore, if this gentleman is NOT registered ANYWHERE as a volunteer
and if your local Council has not "automatically" registered all Merit
Badge Counsellors (as they were supposed to do about two years back,
when the second phase-in of the Youth Protection Policy was
implemented), then HE HAS NO BUSINESS IN THE ORDER OF THE ARROW OR
AROUND THE OA ACTIVITIES. Point blank.
Registration is defined as paying the fees_and_filling out the
application_and_having it approved at the local Council level by the
Council Scout Executive (or his designee)_and_having the Regional
Office to approve the application (in the case of adults) on behalf
of the BSA.
While many Lodges DON'T check, part of the responsibility of the
Lodge's Secretary (and his adult counterpart) is to verify that each
Arrowman is a registered Scout or Scouter within that local Council.
Since the BSA no longer allows Scouts and Scouters to "cross-register"
and therefore "cross-lodges", this process should be easy to do.
However, in larger lodges where the youth membership by itself is in
excess of 500 or more, those lodges rely on the "Scout integity" of
each Arrowman by placing on a renewal application or card where the
person is actually registered at and in what position. Other Lodges
have responded by printing new cards with the inscription "not valid
unless accompanied by a current BSA membership card" on the face of
Bottom line, Nathan.....he's a OA member but NOT an active member of
your Lodge unless he is registered someplace somehow in some position.
The references to this are found in the OA Lodge and Chapter Officer's
Book...your Lodge Staff Advisor should also have a copy of the
National Director's letter dated back in 1992 (or 1991...I don't have
a copy here, but it's either one or the other year)...August...which
states the "new" policy to be implemented.
Note again, that this is NOT a "new policy". The ONLY thing that the
BSA is doing is "tightening" the existing policy which says that the
Order of the Arrow, like the Explorer Presidents Association and the
National Eagle Scout Association chapters, are all adjunct programs of
the various local Council committees (camping and conservation,
Exploring program, membership/relationships or advancement, depending
on local Council, respectivily). Therefore, in order to take
advantage of those programs, one must be either invited to attend or
participate, or be a registered member of the BSA's programs in order
to attend or participate.
Long answer to a short question....hope that helps!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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