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Order of the Arrow Elections

Once each year (calendar year), a chartered Boy Scout Troop may hold a unit election to elect members of their troop to become members of the Order of the Arrow.  Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the OA.  Every member of the troop may vote - not just OA members (thereby insuring that Scouts are elected mostly people who are not OA members).  If your troop has no active OA members, that's fine.  A unit election team, trained in the latest OA election policies, will visit a regular troop meeting at your invitation to conduct the unit election for you.  Just visit your Chapter's OA contact to schedule your Unit Election.

Youth elections are normally held at a troop meeting, and take about 20 minutes to complete.  In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of your youth members must be present (based on your current chartered troop membership) - if less than 50% are present, the election may not be conducted and must be rescheduled. 

Requirements for Election for Youth Members

  1. Must be under 21 years old at the time of election
  2. Hold at least the First Class Scout rank (this includes Assistant Scoutmasters over the age of 18, but under the age of 21; they have to have earned First Class before their 18th birthday).
  3. In the past two years, have completed fifteen (15) days and nights of camping under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America. The 15 days and nights of camping must include one long-term camp of six days and five nights, and the balance of the camping must be short-term (1,2, or 3 night) camps.
  4. Have these requirements certified by the Scoutmaster BEFORE the election is conducted.

Please find the Nomination Forms located HERE.

Requirements for Adult Membership

Adult membership qualifications.  All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are 21 years of age or older and who are registered members of the boy Scouts of America shall be considered adult members or candidates for adult membership. Individuals shall be selected as as candidates based on the following:

Adult leaders in units:  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 adult(s) to the lodge adult selection committee, composed of the Lodge Advisor, the Chairman of the Council Committee on which the Lodge Advisor serves, and the Lodge Staff Advisor.  The number of adults nominated can be no more than one-third of the number of youth candidates elected, provided the following conditions are filled:

  1. Selection of the adult is based on the ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and not for recognition of service, including current tor prior achievement and positions.
  2. The individual will be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities that fulfill the purpose of the Order.
  3. The camping requirement set forth for the youth members are fulfilled
  4. The adult leader's membership will provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the Lodge.

Please find the Nomination Forms located HERE.

**Please note:  All nomination forms must be turned into the Council Office no later than May 15th at close of business.  Absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS!**


"As of March 1st, we are exactly 75 days away from the deadline to submit your 2019 OA youth election forms, adult nomination forms, and out of council call-out letters.  These items are due to the Scout Office NO LATER THAN CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON MAY 15thThere will be no exceptions to the rules this year and you will receive this reminder monthly from now until the deadline.  No election or nomination forms on file at the scout office will result in no call-outs for your unit.

As a reminder, the Lodge Adviser, Staff Adviser, and Scout Executive must sign off and approve ALL adult nominations into the Order of the Arrow.  Additionally, If you are going out of Council to another camp next year; you must submit that request by May 15th so I can send those letters to you immediately following the Brotherhood weekend event.

The adult advisers and professional staff appreciate your willingness to help our lodge run effectively during election and call-out season.

OA Volunteer Advisors

Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
107 Youth Development Court, Winchester, VA, 22602
540-662-2551 (Phone) | 540-662-2725 (Fax)

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