For Adults in the OA

Scouting is a youth-led program, and that includes the Order of the Arrow. An adult’s primary role in OA is to facilitate the program for the youth. That could mean offering guidance on ceremonies, helping sew ceremony regalia, arranging service opportunities, and yes…it almost always includes chauffeuring youth to OA events. Here are some ideas to get you started.

IN SCOUTING UNITS

  • Adults can help the OA Troop or Team Representative (a youth position) stay on top of their duties
  • Adults can help get youth to monthly chapter meetings.

IN YOUR CHAPTER

  • Start attending chapter meetings regularly so you can become aware of the needs of your youth
  • Meet other adults and find out how you can combine your skill sets to help the chapter
  • If you’re unsure of where to start, check out the OA Journey to Excellence goals and start working toward those
  • Offer to assist your Chapter Adviser; they will surely have a task that needs some attention
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you’re asking the youth

IN OUR LODGE

  • Attend as many Lodge events as possible and let youth in your units know that you’re available to give them a ride (being mindful of Youth Protection policies). We hold Ordeal weekends twice a year and about 6 Lodge Executive Committee meetings annually, in addition to the various other meet-ups throughout the year.
  • If interested in serving in a leadership role, there are plenty of official and unofficial roles into which you can invest your time and talent. Start by looking over the list of Adviser positions and see if you’d like to start helping as an assistant in one of them.