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 (Miura).

Also, in 2019 the National Council created Wewikit Lodge, mainly for professionals and the National Chief and National Vice-Chief. Volunteers and professionals attending the National Planning Meeting in December were each given a flap badge from this lodge (Minnihan and Shelley). According to patchscan.com, 350 were manufactured by Moritz Embroidery in July of that year. In my opinion, these are more akin to the discontinued National Committee flaps.

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
[re*] 
red rolled edge on black twill, white reverse
aka "the black flap"
Discontinued in 1995 or 1996



Wewiki Lodge, s1
 
2019 (350 made)


2009 NOAC National Committee
 


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
[re*] 
"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
[re*] 
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
[re*] 
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
[re*] 
fake, blue twill (NT) flap with blue border


1989 OA Service Corps, zfTLS
[re*] 
fake, blue twill (TLS) flap with blue border

Fakes of the 1989 Service Corps flap appeared during the Jamboree (Evans). According to a post by Destry Hoffard at The Scout Patch Auction, all those who were dealing fakes at the Jamboree were arrested. Ron Aldridge documented the TLS fake (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
*re-- courtesy of Robert C. Evans

Jamboree Armbands

2017 National Jamboree Operation Arrowhead/
OA Exhibit Display Staff armband
 


2010 OA Service Corps armband 

2005 OA Service Corps armband
 

1993 OA Service Corps armband
 

1989 OA Service Corps armband 

1973 OA Service Corps armband
 


1964 OA GHQ Service Troops armband
"Estimated 150 armbands made." (Aldridge 12-684)

1960 Jamboree Service Troops armband
[image from ebay] 
"... the Order provided 80 arrowmen to man two service troops.... The third service troop was manned by Alpha Phi Omega. All three service troops wore the same armband this time, with an estimated 120 armbands made." (Aldridge 12-682)


1957 OA GHQ Service Troop armband
"Estimated 25 made with approximately 6-8 known in collections." (Aldridge 12-680)


1953 OA GHQ Service Troop armband
 
[image from oa-archive.org]
"36 made, 20 presented, with approximately 6-8 known in collections." (Aldridge 12-678)

1950 Jamboree Service Troop armband
[image from ebay] 
"Estimated 50 made with approximately 12 known in collections." (Aldridge 12-676)


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. Print.
Bazonis, Mike, 1997 OA Service Corps
Evans, Robert C.
Hoffard, Destry. “Unknown title.” The Scout Patch Auction. Web.
Minnihan, Dave and Bruce Shelley. "OA News." International Scouting Collectors Association Journal, vol. 20, no. 1, Mar 2020, p. 18. PDF file.
Miura, David T., "National Order of the Arrow Flaps." American Scouting Traders Association Report, The, 9.3 (Sep. 1994): 1. Print.
Ramsey, Terry A., Valuation Guide Supplement For Selected National Jamboree Flaps & Patches
“Wewikit Lodge.” PatchScan, Boy Scouts of America, www.patchscan.com/patches/30001/7b80a74f215e/view.






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