Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: OA election requirements
Re: OA election requirements
Donald R Izard
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 14:24:51 -0500
20 nites is a REALLY OLD requirement!!!
The 15 days is right on the National BSA web site:
In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor
campers, became an official part of the national camping program of the
Boy Scouts of America.
The OA has more than 176,000 members located in lodges affiliated with
approximately 327 BSA local councils.
To become a member, a youth must be a registered member of a Boy Scout
troop or Varsity Scout team and hold First Class rank. The youth must have
experienced 15 days and nights of camping during the two years before his
election. The 15 days and nights must include six consecutive days
(including five nights) of resident camping, approved and under the
auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance
of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
Scouts are elected to the Order by their fellow unit members, following
approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach.
+ former lodge chief, OA advisor, and vigil member
On Fri, 12 Feb 1999, Jon Dixon wrote:
> Last night at roundtable we had a brief presentation on OA Elections,
> and I was surprised when they stated that eligibility required 20
> nights of camping including a long-term camp in the past two years.
> For as long as I remember, the standard has been 15 nights. I also
> don't recall seeing any announcement of the change anywhere.
> So my question to the list is this: has the standard been changed to
> 20 nights or has the local Lodge just picked up the wrong number
> Jon Dixon