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OA Unit Elections


During this time of stay-at-home orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Order of the Arrow has made adjustments to allow unit elections to still take place. The deadline for this year’s unit elections has been extended to May 31, 2020. Please see the news article for more information.

Unit Leaders - OA Elections are available now! Schedule a date for your unit by emailing OA Lodge Advisor Greg Free at Elections must be completed by May 31, 2020.

Order of the Arrow elections are unique because they are elected by their peers, and mostly by non-members to the Order of the Arrow.

Annually, all Scoutmasters should receive a unit elections request by mail near the end of the year. The unit elections guide included in that packet (or listed below) includes all the information the unit leader needs to plan for the annual unit election. If you have any questions, please contact the lodge chief.

Guide to Unit Elections 2016.pdf

Scoutmasters can request a unit election by emailing OA Lodge Advisor Greg Free at

When making a request, please provide the following information:

1. What is your Unit Number?

2. Where do you meet? (Address)

3. First Preference Date and Time (Time is for start of Election)

4. Second Preference Date and Time (Time is for start of Election)

5. Number of Registered Youth

6. Number of Eligible Youth

7. Day of Week and Time of Meetings

8. Scoutmaster Name

9. Scoutmaster Email Address

10. Scoutmaster Cellphone Number


The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America. 
  • After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and 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. 
  • Youth must be under the age of 21, hold the BSA First Class rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach, be elected by the youth members of their troop or team. 
  • Adults (age 21 or older) who are registered in the BSA and meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to the lodge adult selection committee. Adult selection is based on their ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and is not for recognition of service, including current or prior positions. Selected adults must be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities, and must provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the lodge.

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