Official OA Web Site Guidelines
As the proliferation of chapter, lodge, section, and region
Order of the Arrow Internet web sites continues, the National
OA Committee felt it was appropriate to set forth some policy
guidelines for OA web sites. There are many people who are
unsure of what is or is not appropriate, and what guidance
is available to them.
These guidelines were adapted from the guidelines that the
BSA electronic publishing division has established for council
web sites, as laid out in a October 23, 1998 memo from the
Electronic Publishing Division Director.
The following guidelines were approved at the May 1999 National
OA Committee meeting, and take effect immediately. They are
being publicized starting at the 1999 National Leadership
official Order of the Arrow web site should follow these guidelines:
appropriate OA leadership must have direct control over
the content of its official web site (i.e. the Key 3 at
each level of the organization).
content of the OA site must be appropriate to the Scouting
movement and the Order of the Arrow. Safeguarded information
such as ceremony details must be properly protected.
OA site shall not contain any advertisements or commercial
endorsements, except those for the organization providing
the site service if it is provided for free or at a discount.
OA site shall not engage in the electronic sale of BSA Supply
Division merchandise, merchandise commissioned by the National
Order of the Arrow Committee, or competing products.
OA site shall not contain any links directly to any sites
that contain material that is not appropriate to the Scouting
OA site shall not replicate any BSA publication currently
for sale through the Supply Division.
OA site must abide by all laws regarding copyrights, trademarks,
and other intellectual property.
OA site must consider the safety and privacy of their participants
by obtaining necessary permissions to release information
about or identifying images of any specific individual.
OA site should include an email contact address for reaching
the person managing the site, so visitors can report any
problems or concerns.
-From the National OA Web Site,