Questions regarding election into the Order of the Arrow.
Frequently Asked Questions
- A Scout was accidentally left off the ballot during an election. Can we hold another one?
- A Scout who recently joined my troop camped a lot in his previous troop. Should that camping be counted when deciding if he can be listed on the election ballot for my troop’s unit election?
- Can a Lone Scout be elected into the Order?
- Can a Scout use the same camping nights towards the requirements of Camping merit badge and for the OA camping requirement?
- Can a troop/team conduct its own election?
- Can a unit leader or council add requirements to the national OA requirements for election?
- Can a unit use pre-printed ballots in an election?
- Can elections be held in Crews and Ships?
- Do youth members have to be present to vote in an election, or can they participate by phone or Skype or vote through an absentee ballot?
- Do youths have to be present to be placed on the election ballot and be elected?
- Does the long term camp have to be at my council’s camp?
- I am a Troop Scoutmaster, how do I request a unit election?
- I went on several camping trips when I was registered as a Webelos den leader and before I registered as an assistant Scoutmaster. Can those trips count towards the OA camping requirement?
- If a Scout goes to summer camp and a jamboree in the same summer, how do these count towards the camping requirement?
- What are the membership requirements to be elected?
- What does “… under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America” mean in the camping requirement?
- What’s the status in the Order of assistant Scoutmasters and assistant Varsity Scout Coaches who are under age 21?
- When does a Scout have to earn his First Class Rank to become eligible for election?