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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 decision:

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 the process.

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