Re: Getting Elected to the Order of the Arrow
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Thu, 13 Jun 1996 11:04:58 -0500
Henry Knowles added to my OA education. I don't have access
to the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisors, and
do appreciate his corrections to my posting!
>>I find myself in the unusual position of having to correct some
>>of what Mike Walton (Settummanque) posted about OA elections. For
>>the sake of brevity, I have included only those parts with which
>>I disagree, or which I feel need to be clarified. Note that GOA
>>is used as an abbreviation for the 1995 (current) edition of the
>>Order of the Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisors.
>>> "Settummanque" <firstname.lastname@example.org> said
>>> Those elected by their peers are called "candidates", Mark, until
>>> they participate in an Ordeal ceremony during the spring, summer or
>>> in many locations, in the early fall.
>>Our lodge holds unit elections in late summary and fall. Each of
>>our 10 chapters holds its own Ordeal, and these range from late
>>October to late January.
>>> To become an Order of the Arrow member, Boy Scouts and Varsity
>>> Scouts must be:
>>> * have participated in at least 15 days and nights camping over
>>> the past 2 years
>>The camping must occur after registering with a troop or team
>>(camping while Webelos does not count). (see GOA page 20)
>>> * elected by those youth members whom are NOT Order of the
>>> Arrow members within the unit registered in
>>WRONG! This is a common mistake, but it is absolutely incorrect.
>>As stated on page 21 of the GOA, ALL registered active members of
>>the unit under age 21 may vote in the election, whether they are
>>Arrowmen, on the ballot, or not eligible.
>>> Adults may be elected to the Order of the Arrow in the following
>>> * approval by the unit's or District's Committee and registration
>>> as an adult member of the BSA
>>Technically, the O.A. states that adults are selected, not elected.
>>One adult can be recommended by the unit committee (for Scouters with
>>primary registration in the unit) if they meet the eligibility
>>requirements and if the troop or team elects at least one youth
>>candidate that year. The recommendation goes to the lodge adult
>>selection committee. (see the GOA page 21)
>>The lodge advisor, district chairman, council president, or members
>>of the professional staff may recommend adults, whose primary registration
>>is on the district or council level, to the lodge adult selection
>>committee. (see the GOA page 21)
>>As set forth by the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow,
>>all adult recommendations are sent to the lodge adult selection
>>committee, composed of the lodge advisor, the chairman of the
>>council committee on which the lodge advisor serves, and the lodge staff
>>advisor. Recommendations of the adult selection committee, with the
>>approval of the Scout Executive, serving as Supreme Chief of the Fire,
>>will be candidates for induction, provided certain conditions are met
>>for the reasons for selection. (see GOA page 21)
>>> Only the camping requirement for adults can be waived, and
>>> a really good reason why it should be waived must be given
>>> to the Lodge Executive Committee, which has the final
>>> recommendation authority on all adult Order of the Arrow
>>The camping requirement CANNOT be waived for unit Scouters. It can
>>be waived for district or council level Scouters if there is
>>good reason for the waiver. The waiver is at the discretion of
>>the Lodge Advisor and Scout Executive. (see the GOA page 21)
Thanks for the additional information as well as the change which
makes ALL unit members eligible to vote, not just the ones whom
are NOT Arrowmen.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle) (
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