The Troop/Team Representative program was begun 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 an official leadership position within the troop or team, and boys can earn time towards their leadership rank requirements, just as with Den Chief, Troop Scribe, or any of the other leadership positions.
The Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is the youth liaison between the local OA Lodge and his Chapter and his unit. In the unit, 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, the 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 unit.
The Order of the Arrow Troop Rep is a cool position in the Troop. It is a leadership position. The OA Troop Rep has a large set of responsibilities in his Troop. It is not just a stepping stone from Scribe to PL or something along those lines. It is an important and fun position in itself that needs a strong and determined leader. The OA Troop Rep position can count toward the leadership requirements in Star, Life, and Eagle. The OA Troop Rep has an important role as a communicator and leader. The next two pages will explain the important link.