OA Membership requirements
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Mon, 29 Jun 1992 13:58:14 EDT
Because of the amount of discussion on OA election, I thought I would post the
exact requirements for all.
=== Unit Leader Approval ===
To become eligible ... a Boy Scout ... must be registered with the Boy Scouts
of America and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election.
The unit leader must certify his Scouting spirit, his adherence to the Scout
Oath and Law, a participation in unit activities. The unit leader must also
certify that the nominee meets all specified requirements at the time of this
===Youth membership requirements ===
All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who
are under 21 years of age shall be considered youth members or candidates for
youth membership, subject to meeting the following requirements.
* Be a registered member of the BSA.
* Hold First Class rank of the BSA, as a minimum.
* After registration with a troop... have experienced 15 days and nights of
camping, including 6 consecutive days and nights of resident camping,
approved and under the auspices and standards of the BSA, within 2 years
immediately prior to election to candidate status.
Candidates for youth membership shall be elected by other youth members in
accordance with policies set forth by hte national committee of the
Order of the Arrow. Election of any person under 21 years of age as a
candidate for membership shall be based on fulfillment of the youth membership
=== Handicapped Scouts ===
The Order of the Arrow recognizes Scouting for the handicapped, and elections
should be held in handicapped units. Any handicapped Arrowman who is
classified as a youth member of the unit shall be considered a youth (voting)
member of the Order of the Arrow regardless of age. Handicapped Scouts
must meet all other membership requirements.
[paragraph about accessibility and the ordeal]
=== Adult Membership Requirements ===
[my summary of the section: All registered scouters 21 years and over are
considered under the adult requirements. If (in a unit) you hold a
youth election the]
"unit committee may recommend to the lodge executive
committee one adult for consideration as a candidate for induction,
providing the following requirements are fulfilled:
* Selection of the adult is based upon ability to preform the requisite
functions, and not for recognization of service, including current or prior
achievement and position.
* The individual will be an asset to the Order due to demonstrated skills
and abilities which fulfill the purpose of the Order.
* The camping requirement set forth for youth members are fufilled.
* The adult leader's membership will provide a positive role model for the
growth and development of the youth members of the lodge."
[Sections on Adult leaders in district and council positions and
Professional membership follow.]
Source: Guide for Officers and Advisors, No. 4999, c. 1990, National Supply
Hopes this helps.
SM Troop 1, Marnoc Lodge #151, Great Trail Council, Akron, OH
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City