Alpha Phi Omega is a international coed service fraternity. There are
over 300 active chapters across the world. APO was founded in 1925 on the
principles of scouting. It is worthy to not only state the purpose of APO, but also
the Scout Oath and Law.
The Purpose of Alpha Phi Omega
"The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to assemble college students in
a National Service Fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the
Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop Leadership, to promote Friendship
and provide Service to humanity; and to further the freedom that is our national,
educational and intellectual heritage."
The Scout Oath
"On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and
to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself
physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Scout Law
"A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind,
obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent."
Nationally, APO is governed by a biannual convention composed of student delegates from each chapter. Voting delegates at each convention
consider legislation, elect a volunteer National Board of Directors and set fees and
priorities. The National Office in Independence, Missouri, provides supplies and other resources
and coordinates national education programs, such as leadership development workshops,
service exchanges and national programs.
The fraternity is administered at three levels. First, the fraternity is
governed between conventions by the National Board of Directors. Second, there
are eleven geographic regions, each led by a Regional Director who serves a
two-year term on the National Board of Directors. Each is responsible for supporting and
promoting activities within his or her region. Regional conferences are held every two years
to provide interaction between chapters and to promote motivation, idea sharing and
leadership development. The third and smallest breakdown is sections. Each section
elects a Sectional Chair to serve a one-year term and holds a conference once or
twice a year.
How to Start an Alpha Phi Omega Chapter
First, determine if your school has a local chapter. To find out if there is an existing chapter on your campus, click the chapter locator.
If your school does not have a chapter and you're interested in how to form
a new chapter or reactivate a chapter, please refer to the
following documents in order to assist you in making your
Once you have read the documents above and have made the
decision to start the process of forming a new or reactivating a
former chapter, please complete the chapter activation/reactivation
form so that we can obtain the information necessary to begin