The Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth liaison serving between the lodge and his troop. In his troop, 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 troop .
The Troop Representative program began in 1999, and is a program of the Order of the Arrow that has been officially adopted by the Boy Scouts of America. The OA Representative is now an official leadership position within the troop, and boys can earn time towards their leadership rank requirements, just as with Den Chief, Troop Scribe, or any of the other leadership positions. Anyone in the unit who is under the age of 18 can serve as the OA Representative for the unit, provided he is a dues-paid member of the Order of the Arrow. He should be appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader, approved by the Scoutmaster, and be an OA member in good standing. He will become a member of the Patrol Leaders' Council and will attend all lodge meetings. The Troop Representative will report to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. As with all positions in the Order, the OA Representative should have an adult as his Adviser. This adult needs to be 21 years of age or older, a dues-paid member of the Order of the Arrow, and be appointed by the Scoutmaster. As BSA publications are revised and updated, they will include this new position. The OA Troop Representative badge of office is available from BSA National Supply. Interested Arrowmen can get them at the Scout Shop. Just ask for the "OA Troop Representative badge," BSA item #00237.
There are numerous possibilities for the job description of the OA Representative. The beauty is that it is flexible enough to allow your unit to fine-tune the exact responsibilities. However, the most basic tasks of the Representative will be to coordinate service opportunities within the unit, to coordinate unit involvement with the Order of the Arrow (including Unit Elections, Camp Promotions, and Inductions), and request Lodge resources to help meet unit needs.
The duties of the Troop Representative include: