It's that time of year where we will be scheduling the Order of the Arrow (OA) elections during an upcoming Troop meeting.
What is Order of the Arrow, you ask…
The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's National Honor Society. The fourfold purpose of the OA is:
- To recognize those campers - Scouts and Scouters - who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, and by such recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such manner as to warrant recognition.
- To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.
- To promote Scout camping, which reaches its greatest effectiveness as a part of the unit's camping program, both year-round and in summer camp.
- To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Here are the requirements to be on the election ballot:
- Be under 21 years of age
- Be an active, registered member of the Boy Scouts of America
- Hold the rank of First Class of the Boy Scouts of America, as a minimum
- Have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scouts camping during the 2 years period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of 6 consecutive days and 5 nights of resident camping (i.e. summer camp), approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The remaining balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps
- Be approved by the Scoutmaster.
Attached is a self-nomination form. If you are interested, fill this out and turn it back in to me an upcoming meeting. If you cannot return the form in person, you can scan and email the completed form to me. If you do not have access to a scanner, you can send just an email with all of the information on the form in the body of the email.
You can learn more on the OA, its history, and the election process from the video link below: