To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify his Scout Spirit (i.e., his 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 –
All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are under 21 years of age shall be considered youth members or candidates for youth membership, subject to meeting the following requirements:
- Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Hold the First Class rank of the Boy Scouts of America, as a minimum.
- After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
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 or team 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) how have met the same camping requirements as the youth to the lodge adult selection
committee. 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.
Unit OA Election Video
Scoutmasters, Please Download Your Election Forms Here –
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.
Every new OA member needs to complete this OA JumpStart Training right after they complete their Ordeal.
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.
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.
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