OA Membership

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Starting February 1st 2019, To become eligible for election, a Scout (Male or Female) in Scouting BSA, Venture Crew,  and Sea Scout Ship must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and have the approval of their unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify the Scout’s Spirit (i.e., their adherence to the Scout Oath and Law and active participation in unit activities). The unit leader must also certify that the nominee meets all specified requirements at the time of this annual election.

Youth membership qualifications –

  • At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21.
  • Hold the Scouts BSA First Class Rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary Rank or higher.
  • Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.

Candidates for youth membership shall be elected by other youth members in accordance with policies set forth by the National Order of the Arrow Committee.

Adult membership qualifications –

  • Each year, upon holding a Troop , Crew, or Ship election for youth candidates that results in at least one youth candidate
    being elected, the unit committee may nominate registered unit adults (age 21 or over).
  • Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
  • The number of adults nominated can be no more than one-third of the number of youth candidates elected, rounded up where the number of youth candidates is not a multiple of three. In addition to the one-third limit, the unit committee may nominate the currently-serving unit leader (but not assistant leaders), as long as he or she has served as unit leader for at least the previous 12 months. Recommendations to the lodge adult selection committee, with the approval of the Scout executive, serving as Supreme Chief of the Fire, will be candidates for induction, provided all conditions are fulfilled. Consult the Guide for Officers and Advisers for procedures for district and council Scouters.

***** Very Important Election Note *****

Scoutmasters – Please print off this letter to hand out to all of your members who are eligible to be elected into the OA. It is best you hand these out 1 or 2 weeks before your scheduled Unit OA Election. Please have the Scout sign the sheet to confirm they do wish to run for election.  –  OA Introduction Sheet

Half of your chartered youth membership must be present at the meeting to conduct an OA Election. A representative of the Chapter’s OA Election Team or a Chapter Officer must be present at the time of the Election.  Contact the Chapter Vice Chief of Inductions to schedule your Unit OA Election ASAP. All Elections have to be completed by March 31 of each year. After that the election opportunity is closed until next year.

2018 Unit OA Election Team Assignments

Unit OA Election Video

Scoutmasters, Please Download Your  Election Forms Here
OA Youth Elections Forms

OA Adult Nomination Form

Have all these forms and its ballots already filled out before the OA Chapter Election Team arrives to your meeting to conduct an Election.

Email your Unit’s completed Youth Election Form and Adult Nomination Forms to the Chapter Adviser. Only he can submit these to the Lodge.


Ordeal Candidate & Membership

Congratulations on being elected to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow by the peers of your Unit. The induction process, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. Upon completion of the Ordeal and its ceremony, the member is expected to strengthen his involvement in the unit and encourage Scout camping. Please take a moment for you and your parents to watch these two videos to prepare you for your upcoming Ordeal Inductions. After Watching these short informative videos. Go register for the next available Ordeal Weekend.

An Ordeal candidate have 1 year from the time they are elected or nominated to complete their Ordeal. Not doing so will result a void in their candidate status, and must go through the Unit OA Election process again in the next following year.

A Message to the Ordeal Candidate.

A Message to the Parents of the Ordeal Candidate.

Click – Ordeal Induction Weekend Registration

Standard Induction Weekend Schedule


Every new OA member needs to complete this OA JumpStart Training right after they complete their Ordeal.


Brotherhood Membership

After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member and after fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order of the Arrow. Not becoming a Brotherhood member will prevent an Ordeal member from experiencing the full OA program that is available to a Scout.


Vigil Honor

After two years of exceptional service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the national Order of the Arrow committee, a youth or adult Arrowman may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for their distinguished contributions to their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their Scout camp. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one Arrowman for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year. You must be nominated to the Lodge Vigil Committee in order to be considered for Vigil Honor. Fill out this form and email it to the Lodge Vigil Committee to nominate a Brotherhood member. All nominations forms must be turned in before August 1 of each year.

Vigil Nomination Form

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