Ask the Expert: When should Scouts and Scouters wear their OA sash?

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That bright red arrow atop a crisp white band is an unmistakeable symbol that the wearer is one of Scouting’s best.

The sash is an outward sign that the man or woman wearing it is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society.

But when should Arrowmen wear the sash and when shouldn’t they? That question was on the mind of a crew advisor and Brotherhood OA member from Phoenix who contacted me last week. Here’s his email:

First off I know there is no hard set rule that I am aware of on when to wear your OA sash. Back in my day it was only for OA events or during tapouts at Scout camporees. I don’t want to sound like a “grumbler,” but it seems that rule has become very skewed in recent years. We currently have an adult and…

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Gene is an avid outdoorsman, loves reading and is known to put pen to paper (well, he types) as an amateur poet.
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