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Process of Elections

Elections this year will function entirely as virtual elsewhere elections this year. In order to request an election for your unit, fill out the form below in order to contact your Chapter. Your  Chapter Chief and Advisor, or their delegate, will then contact you in order to finalize a date for your election and make certain you have everything you need for your election.

A Flyer with Information about Elections can be found here

Requirements For Election

Youth Candidates are designated as those under 21 years of age. Adult candidates are 21 or older at the time of election.

In order to be considered eligible to be elected for the Order of the Arrow, you must:

  1. Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  2. Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
  3. At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and the following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
  4. Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by their Unit’s adult selection committee.
  5. A scout may withdraw from the election upon their own request before or after the election.
  6. The unit leader must certify each candidate as to their scouting spirit and participation. The Unit Leader must certify that each candidate meets the specified requirements by completing the citation. A signature or lack thereof (veto) on their citation indicates certification or veto appropriately.
  7. Adult candidates are subject to the approval of the Scout Executive. The Scout Executive may choose to authorize a waiver for adults for long term camp to qualify for resident camping experience lover the two-year period, upon individual written petition stating reason why six consecutive days of resident camp is unattainable. Only conditions related to job security or health is considered. No further interpretation or alternatives are to be considered. This must be done two weeks before the election at the unit Committee Meeting.

Policy Changes by the National Order of the Arrow

Virtual camping (i.e., backyard or solo camping) may be counted toward the required nights of camping for OA election eligibility if all the following stipulations are met:

  • To be counted, all virtual camping nights should be a direct result of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and be part of a BSA unit-organized unit camping event (i.e., multiple members of the unit are involved and camping simultaneously at remote locations).
  • Some form of unit-organized communications should occur either during or immediately following the event.
  • All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines should be followed.
  • No more than 3 nights of virtual camping are to be credited in any month in which government or council-imposed COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

More info on the virtual camping policy can be found at:

Election Request Form

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