Each year the Order of the Arrow seeks out candidates to become new members of our organization. Unlike most groups, candidates for membership are determined primarily by those who are NOT members of the OA. They are selected by the people who know them best: the other scouts in their troop. The unit election is the first step in becoming a member of the Order of the Arrow. After being elected, each candidate will need to attend an Ordeal weekend in order to become a member.
Unit elections will be held from December through February. We would like to have the chance to come to each troop during that time in order to offer an election. Starting in early December, our election coordinators will be contacting each Scoutmaster to set up a date and time. Please understand that we put in many hours trying repeatedly to contact some people, so your assistance in working with these young men is greatly appreciated. The elections are held during one of your regular troop meetings, and usually require 20-25 minutes of meeting time to complete.
One or more current members of the Order of the Arrow will come to your meeting on the date and time that you choose. They will introduce the OA to the members of your troop and briefly talk about its purpose and mission. They will describe the requirements for being elected and for becoming a member after election. They will then conduct the election itself, described more fully below. After the election, they will fill out the necessary form with your assistance and present you with a copy of the election results.
In order for a scout to be considered for election into the Order of the Arrow, he must meet the following requirements:
Any troop member under the age of 21 is considered to be a Youth in the election. A troop should consider anyone under the age of 21 as a Youth for the purposes of the election, meaning that he can be a candidate if he meets the above requirements, and he may cast a vote.
NOTE: these requirements and the steps of the election can be downloaded in a printer-friendly format using the links at the bottom of this page.
There are several steps to the election itself:
There are a few things that will help the election team out considerably if you are able to do them ahead of time. First, please be responsive when you are contacted to schedule an election. If you cannot give an immediate date and time, please call back with that information as soon as possible.
By the night of the election, determine which scouts in your troop meet the eligibility requirements and decide if they all have your approval to be considered for election. If you are able to provide pre-printed ballots on the night of the election with the names of those eligible, this is extremely helpful. Not only does it help the scouts running the election, but it also increases the chances that each eligible scout will be elected - fewer scouts tend to be elected if those voting have to write the names themselves, so it is possible for worthy scouts to not receive enough votes.
The election team will also need the following information for all those scouts eligible for election: Name as it appears on your charter (no nicknames or initials, please); mailing address including ZIP code; phone number including area code; and current rank.
Please see the separate page on Recommending Adults.
Please feel free to contact the Tendeuchen Chapter Advisor, Paul Post, at (614) 799-0086 or by e-mail at email@example.com, or speak to him at Roundtable.
The following files may be useful:
|Information and Requirements||Acrobat (.pdf) format|
|Troop Visit Call Script||Word (.doc) format|
|Election Script||Word (.doc) format||Acrobat (.pdf) format|
|Election Checklist||Word (.doc) format||Acrobat (.pdf) format|
|Simon Kenton Council Camps Video||On YouTube|
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This page is maintained by Paul Post. Last updated December 16, 2012.