National flaps are different from regular lodge flaps in that they are worn by arrowmen from lodges all across the country. Issued by the National Executive Secretary of the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow, these flaps are only worn by an individual while serving in the capacity indicated by the flap and have traditionally been restricted to two per person.

National flaps have been issued for members of the National Committee, and the OA Service Corps for the 1977, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2013, and 2017 National Jamborees.

The OA has provided service troops since the 1950 National Jamboree. These early troops were issued armbands instead of flaps at the 1950, 1953, 1957, 1960, 1964, and 1973 Jamborees (Aldridge).

National OA Committee, NCf1

red rolled edge on black twill, NCf1 black reverse
aka "the black flap"
Discontinued in 1995 or 1996

National OA Committee, NCf2
red rolled edge on black twill, white reverse
aka "the black flap"
Discontinued in 1995 or 1996

2017 OA Jamboree Staff flap numbered set
#282 / 500

2013 OA Jamboree Staff flap numbered set
#51 / 700

2013 NSJ OA Service Corps flap s?
red border, staff flap, 2? ea.

2013 NSJ OA Staff "Thank You" flap s?
Thank You flap for all OA Jamboree staff

2010 NSJ OA Service Corps staff flap s1
silver mylar border
staff flap, 2 ea.

2010 NSJ BSA 100th Anniv. flap & thank you card

2010 NSJ Thank You s2
"Thank You," w/ gold mylar border
OA area administration and leaders,
strict 1 per person

2005 NSJ OA Service Corps s1
white border
trader flap, 2 per staff

2005 OA Service Staff s2

red border
staff flap (400 made)

2005 OA Service Staff s3
gold border
special recognition flap (150 made)

2001 OA Service Staff s1

white solid flap with dark blue border
trader flap, 2 per staff (1,500 made)

2001 OA Service Staff s2
white solid flap with red border
1 per staff (150 made)

2001 OA Service Staff s3
white solid flap with yellow border
special recognition flap

1997 OA Service Staff s1

teal border, all OA Staff including
TOAP, Indian Village, Odyssey
(approx. 2,000)

1997 OA Service Staff s2

red border, 1 per staff (150 made)

1993 OA Service Corps f1

service corps & youth services staff
3 ea. (approx. 375 made)

1989 OA Service Corps f1
light blue twill (NT) flap with blue border
extra star top left above arrow shaft

1989 OA Service Corps f1
light blue twill (NT) flap with blue border

A genuine flap has a light blue or powder blue background, and the bottom text is aligned parallel to the bottom border. Authentic flaps have two varieties, with and without an extra star in the top left above the arrow shaft.

1989 OA Service Corps, zfNT
fake, blue twill (NT) flap with blue border

1989 OA Service Corps, zfTLS
fake, blue twill (TLS) flap with blue border

Fakes of the 1989 Service Corps flap appeared during the Jamboree (Evans). According to Destry Hoffard at the Scout Patch Auction (TSPA), all those who were dealing fakes at the Jamboree were arrested. Ron Aldridge documented the TLS fake (vol. 2, 12-702), and Robert C. Evans found an additional fake, another NT.

1985 OA Service Corps s1

dark blue solid flap with gold border

1981 OA Service Corps f1

orange-gold twill flap

1977 OA Service Corps f1

white twill flap with blue border

Jamboree Armbands

2017 armband

2010 armband

2005 armband

1993 OA Service Corps armband

1989 OA Service Corps armband

1973 OA Service Corps armband

1964 OA Service Corps armband

1960 OA Service Corps armband

1957 OA Service Corps armband

1953 OA Service Corps armband

1950 OA Service Corps armband
*re-- courtesy of Robert C. Evans

Staff Troop #3260
Troop 4-- John Hartman, SM

The 1993 Jamboree OA Service Corps (Staff Troop #3260) was made up of four troops, and also included support staff and key members of the National Committee. It's my guess that there were only 125 of us total, in addition to the Youth Services staff.

We were housed at Longstreet Camp, Youth Services HQ near the OA Indian Village and Trading Post C. We had the privilege to work with a lot of cool people, including Del Loder, National Chief Brian Beaverstock, Ed Pease, Allen Mossman, and Dr. Carl Marchetti. While the rain was pretty bad for a day or two, we all had a really memorable time.

Initially, we could purchase two service corps flaps, and were also issued the armband (only one each). During the Jamboree, we were given the option to purchase a third flap. All of the extras were distributed to the rest of Youth Services.

My Complete Set of National Flaps

Works Cited:

Aldridge, Ronald G., Ph.D., Patches and Memorabilia of the Order of the Arrow at National Events, vol I&II., Argyle, TX: n.p., 1998
Miura, David T., "National Order of the Arrow Flaps." American Scouting Traders Association Report, The, 9.3 (Sep. 1994): 1. Print.
Bazonis, Mike, 1997 OA Service Corps
Evans, Robert C.
Ramsey, Terry A., Valuation Guide Supplement For Selected National Jamboree Flaps & Patches

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