Order of the Arrow Elections for Troops

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s national honor society. It recognizes those campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and, by such recognition, cause campers to conduct themselves in such a manner as to warrant similar recognition, to promote camping, and to crystallize the habit of helpfulness as a life purpose.

Each Boy Scout Troop or Varsity Scout Team with qualified Scouts is urged to hold an election no later than May 2nd, 2017. The date and place of the election are influenced and selected by you, as the unit leader. Summer camp OA Elections require advance approval of two of the OA “Key-3” (Lodge Chief, Adviser or Staff Adviser).
Elections should be held at a regularly scheduled meeting or even a camping experience if that’s a strong attendance event for your troop. Every effort should be made to have all active troop members under the age of 21 at this meeting. The election cannot be held if less than 50% of the active troop is in attendance. The Order of the Arrow will dispatch a lodge Election Team to conduct your election. The team will tailor the explanation, voting, and camp promotion talk to 10 to 30 minutes, depending on what you allow when initially setting up the event.

The optional Call Out ceremony will be performed at the May District Camporee. Elected candidates will promptly be notified of our Ordeals: early June or early August. Friday summer campfires include New-Ordeal member recognition.

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