> updated 11/06/15 to add Centennial Service Award insignia
> updated 16/11/10
Order of the Arrow (OA for short) sashes are worn as shown above. They are NEVER suspended from a belt or pants
More information on other OA items which may be worn and their locations can be found
on a separate page.
Order of the Arrow (OA)
Order of the Arrow (OA) sashes
Jay Schnapp provided the following information dealing
with the three Order of the Arrow sashes, how they are worn, what may be worn
with them, and when are they worn:
The official Order of the Arrow
sash is available for members through the lodge or local council service
center, or through the Supply Division of the BSA. It is a white
fabric sash with a red arrow embroidered upon it.
Ordeal members wear the sash with a red embroidered arrow:
Brotherhood members wear the sash with a red embroidered arrow
enclosed by two red bars:
Vigil Honor members alone wear the sash with a red
embroidered arrow enclosed by two red bars, bearing a red triangle
superimposed on the arrow shaft. Within the red triangle are three
The Order of the Arrow sash is worn with the
official scout uniform or Scouting's official adult dress wear (a blue
blazer and gray slacks). The sash also may be worn by Elangomats who are
not in uniform at an Ordeal, youth wearing ceremonial attire, and in
such other instances as approved by the Scout Executive. The sash is worn
over the right shoulder so that the arrow is pointing over the
right shoulder (see the illustration above left). The sash is worn diagonally across the chest. It is
not worn in any other manner. If worn with either the "Legacy" or "Centennial" Scout uniform, it
is permissable to place the sash under or over the right shoulder loop.
Sashes may not be altered in any way or form. Beading or any other
material is not permitted on the sash. Nothing is
to be worn on the sash, including signatures, patches of any kind,
pins, or "legends" (embrordered or drawn illustrations of the history of the Order of the Arrow or of the
local lodge). The only exceptions are the
50th, 60th or Centennial anniversary awards. These may be worn as an option, by those who have
earned them, on the shoulder portion above the bar at the point of the arrow; or below the bar at the bottom
of the arrow.
The sash is worn at Order of the Arrow functions (work days, conclaves, banquets, "tap outs", etc.)
and special Scouting activities, when members need to be identified as Arrowmen rendering special services
(for instance when Arrowmen are serving as escorts or honor guard members).
--- Order of the Arrow Handbook (#34996), page 57
Thanks, Jay, for finding the references!!
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