Unit Election Forms and Information
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Order of the Arrow Elections
Once each year (calendar year or '"Scouting" year), a chartered Boy Scout troop may hold a unit election to elect members of their troop to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the OA. New members aren't elected only by the OA members in the troop, everyone in the troop votes to ensure that Scouts are elected mostly by people who are not OA members. If a troop has no active OA members, that's fine. A unit election team, trained in the latest OA election policies, will visit a regular troop meeting at the invitation of the Scoutmaster to conduct the election.
Youth elections are normally held at a normal troop meeting, and take about 20 minutes to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of the youth members must be present (based on the current chartered troop membership). If less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled. Only elections conducted by an official OA election team trained by MaNu Lodge will be considered valid. Members of the troop cannot conduct the election.
Requirements for Youth Members
1. Must be under 21 years old at the time of election.
2. Hold at least the First Class Scout rank (this includes Assistant Scoutmasters over the age of 18 but under the age of 21; they have to have earned First Class before their 18th birthday).
3. In the past two years, have completed fifteen (15) days and nights of camping under the Boy Scouts of America. The fifteen days and nights of camping must include one long-term camp of six days and five nights, and the balance of the camping must be short-term camps.
4. Have these requirements certified by the Scoutmaster, and be given a general endorsement of the candidate's Scout Spirit by the Scoutmaster, BEFORE the election is conducted.
5. To be elected, a youth candidate must receive half or more votes of the number of ballots turned in to the election team.
6. If elected, a candidate must complete the Ordeal in the same year as he is elected
Requirements for Adult Members
Each year, upon holding a troop or team election for youth candidates that results in at least one youth candidate being elected, the unit committee may nominate registered unit adults (age 21 or over) to the lodge adult selection committee. The number of adults nominated can be no more than one-third of the number of youth candidates elected, rounded up where the number of youth candidates is not a multiple of three. In addition to the one-third limit, the unit committee may nominate the currently-serving unit leader (but not assistant leaders), as long as he or she has served as unit leader for at least the previous 12 months. 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 all conditions are fulfilled. A separate Adult Candidate Nomination form exist for Adult Scouts. The Adult Nomination Form must be completed in full and submitted to the Lodge Adviser by December 15th for following years Ordeal opportunities. Please note: A nomination does not guarantee approval for membership in the order. If approved, the troop will be notified.
1. Must be 21 years of age or older at time of nomination.
2. Must be a registered and active member of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America at the time of nomination.
3. The camping requirement set forth for youth candidates must be fulfilled by adults for them to be considered. The adult must have completed 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to nomination. 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 BSA. The balance must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
4. If selected, the Adult Candidate must complete the Ordeal in the same year as he or she was selected.
When are Elections Held
Ma-Nu Lodge #133 holds elections from September 15th through December 15th. Elections are not held during Summer Camp. Only elections conducted by an official OA election team trained by Ma-Nu Lodge will be considered valid. Members of your own troop cannot conduct an election for your troop. Contact the Chapter Adviser in your District to schedule a Unit Election by emailing Ma-Nu Lodge at MaNu@MaNu133.org.
Unit Election results and Adult Nomination shopuld be submitted to the Lodge Adviser or the Lodge Elections Committee by December 15th to be consider eligible for the following Ordeal season.