Membership in Order of the Arrow
Youth members are elected only from Boy Scout troops and Varsity Scout teams. To be eligible for election, a Scout must meet 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 (summer camp, Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base, etc.). 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 from their troop or team in accordance with policies set forth by the national Order of the Arrow committee.
Adults who had not previously joined the Order as a youth member may become members by being nominated by the unit, district, or council committee, and then approved by the lodge adult selection committee. Adults must meet the same criteria as youth, with the exception of the rank requirement.
Request an OA Election
To request an election for your unit please go to the Request Election Page, and submit a request to the Chapter for your area. A member of the Chapter election team will contact you short to arrange the details for an election.
Reporting Youth Election Results
Results of Unit Elections must be submitted to the Lodge by the Chapter Vice Chief of Membership. Election results must be submitted electronically to email@example.com using using the Mowogo Elections Form xlsx template.
Recommending Unit and District/Council Adults
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 adults 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 twelve months. Recommendations of the adult selection committee, which consists of the lodge adviser, the chairman of the council committee on which the lodge adviser serves, and the lodge staff adviser, with the approval of the Scout executive, serving as Supreme Chief of the Fire, will be candidates for induction, provided the following conditions are fulfilled:
- 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 or prior achievement and positions.
- The individual will be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities that fulfill the purpose of the Order.
- The camping requirements set forth for youth members are fulfilled (listed above).
- The adult leader’s membership will provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the lodge
Units must nominate an adult to the Lodge Adult Selection Committee by completing the online Unit Adult Nomination Form. Additionally, Each District Chair (on behalf of the District Committee), the Council President, Scout Executive, the Lodge Adviser or professional staff, may nominate adults to the Lodge Adult Selection Committee by completing the online District/Council Adult Nomination Form. Adults may be nominated only one time each year as either a unit Scouter or district/council Scouter, but not both. How they are nominated depends on where they maintain their primary registration. More information on Adult Membership Qualifications is available in the OA Guide to Officers and Advisers.