National OA Bans 3-Flap System!


This policy was voted on in May by the National OA Committee. It was finally released recently in a program update to all Scout execs, and OA leadership. I have emailed both my section adviser and the Southern Region OA Chairman to confirm this news and both of them did. The intent is to ban all flaps designating honors such as brotherhood-vigil and lodge officer, elangomat etc. If everybody can’t buy it then they don’t want you to make it.


The policy goes into effect immediately and is not a suggestion…its policy! Whether local scout execs will upset the apple cart and tell their lodges to toss the 3-flaps remains to be seen. However in my home lodge of Santee 116 this news was delivered at the LLDC last weekend. The 3-flap system is dead in Santee. At our next fellowship a decision will be made on what to do with the lodge flaps in the inventory.


Below is the quote from the update:


“The Order of the Arrow policy on lodge pocket flaps appears on page 58 of the Order of the Arrow Handbook. Several clarifications have been added to this policy. The following revised text will appear in future printings of the Handbook:


Lodge pocket flap. Cloth lodge emblems (flaps) are made available by most lodges. National policy requires that these pocket flap patches be made of, and embroidered on, cloth, and must be of a size and shape so as to cover the right breast pocket flap and not extend beyond the outer edge of the uniform pocket flap. They usually show the lodge name and totem. All OA patches must include BSA or the Boy Scout emblem in their patch designs. Chapter or clan flaps are not permitted. There will be no honor distinction denoted by the flap or flap border.


Beading of flaps is against uniform and insignia policy. The national Order of the Arrow committee recommends that no restrictions be placed on the purchase of lodge flap patches. Members may only wear the lodge pocket flap of the lodge where their dues are paid.


If the lodge has been certified as a National Quality Lodge, members of the lodge may wear a Quality Lodge pin on the pocket flap. Only the most recent pin awarded may be worn, and it must be mounted against the left vertical border of the flap.


The clarifications are in the last sentence of the first paragraph and in the third paragraph. These policy clarifications are effective immediately.”




I have heard alot over the last year or so about fakes and how national should go after the makers of fakes. National now has a policy in place to help address this problem. Let’s see how this works out. I neithor agree or disagree with the policy. I don’t have any power to do anything about it one way or the other.

By sipc2001 on August 28th, 2007 at 4:04 am

There Should Be A Ton Of New Issues Coming Out As Many Lodges Use Up There Current Stockpiles Of Flaps.
You Have Lodges Like Muscogee Lodge #221 Who Has Sold Out Of Their Current Lodge Flap And Are Issuing A New Flap To Conform To National’s Standards With The BSA Backing. Which Will Be A New Design Retiring The Current S-23…instead Of Issuing The S-23 With A Different Backing And Creating A Variation Of The Flap. Then You Have Lodges Like Catawba Lodge 459, Santee 116, And Atta Kulla Kulla Lodge 185, All Southern Sr-5 Lodges Who Just Issued New Obv Sets Either Designing “a” New Flap Or Settling On One Of Their Current Designs To Meet National’s Expectations.

A Question I Have Pondered Is…Would National Pull Lodges Charters If They Dont Comply To Their Request Of Eliminating Honor Status’s Among The Ranks Of The Arrowmen In Said Lodge.

By mopar73mopar on August 28th, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Anyone heard of other lodges planning new flaps because of this?

I’m curious to see how many lodges will make a change.

By Paul G on August 28th, 2007 at 3:59 pm

It’s been a few months sinced this news broke. How are all the lodges in SR5 handling this?

By Paul G on November 21st, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Santee decided to move away from the 3-flap system and to maintain current restricitions and designs.

By collectorofpatches on November 21st, 2007 at 10:19 pm

Ma-Nu has a new design coming out soon.
It will conform the the Nat’l policy.
They are selling off the last of the Oklahoma Centennial flaps first, of which there are 7 variations.

By OkiePatchTrader on January 9th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

While looking in the current issue of the arrowman santees newletter. I saw a really nice design for a new flap the only thing i would change is the santee name to the right side and the www to the left and put the crecent moon on the correct side in my opinion of the flap. Other than that beautiful flap. make it !!!!

By mopar73mopar on March 7th, 2008 at 2:17 am

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