scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Two Uniform Questions--OA
Settummanque, the blackeagle ((MAJ) Mike L. Walton) (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Fri Aug 11 2000 - 20:11:56 CDT
You correctly wrote:
>This is one of the most common errors in wearing OA items on the uniform.
>All members of the OA should wear the OA ribbon, or Founder's Award ribbon if
>so entitled, but the lodge flap patch is optional.
I don't have access to my Scouting stuff right now (its on their way to me
here), but the reference is found in a VERY OLD SCOUTING magazine from 1964.
A Scouter asked if he had to wear the "new" Order of the Arrow Lodge flap
which his Council's OA lodge was introducing. He would rather wear the
Arrow Pin, as tradition was in his Council for all OA members to do so.
The BSA staffer responded that the Universal Arrow Pin is called such
because it is the true common item to ALL Order of the Arrow members. The
Lodge flap is an OPTIONAL WEAR ITEM. Scouters and Scouts do NOT have to
wear one, and (at that time, remember this was 1964) Lodges could NOT force
Scouters and Scouts to purchase and wear OA flaps.
(Don't know if this is written in the OA's national policies or not; some
of you OA Scouters on a Section or Region level can check this and please
let all of us know if it's written in the policies ...)
The Universal Arrow Pin was designed to "alert" Scouts and Scouters that a
person is an Arrowman, and is worn on the field uniform to do so.
The Lodge flap (which should be the flap of the Lodge in which the Scout or
Scouter is currently registered with; we all (*raising hands high*)
disregard this policy in favor
of a older Lodge flap from a Lodge which has merged, folded, or holds
special significance in the life of the Scout or Scouter) is
optional. Nobody can make you wear the flap and with the various
variations of the flap, how could a Lodge force their membership to wear a
So Ralph is correct: the Universal Arrow Pin SHOULD be worn by all
Arrowmen, and if a Scout or Scouter chooses to do so, he or she MAY wear A
Lodge flap representing the Order of the Arrow Lodge which is a part of the
local Council where he or she is registered or associated with.
Hope this helps out and sorry for the late response....
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
Crystal City, Virginia