Order of the Arrow Unit Elections


The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s national honor society. It recognizes those campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and, by such recognition, cause other campers to conduct themselves in such a manner as to warrant similar recognition, to promote camping, and to crystallize the habit of helpfulness as a life purpose.

Each Unit with qualified Scouts is urged to hold an election not later than May 1 of each year to select candidates for the Order of the Arrow to attend the Spring Ordeal to be held at The Warren A. Hood Scout Reservation prior to the opening of summer camp on a date to to announced. A second Ordeal will be held at the reservation following the close of summer camp and on a date to be announced for those candidates who are unable to attend the spring ordeal. The date and place of the election are selected by you, as unit leader. Unit Elections are held only once per year and Unit Elections will not be conducted during the sessions at Summer Camp.


Youth Membership Qualifications: 

  • A Scout who holds the First Class Rank, is under the age of 21, and is registered as an active member of the Unit may, with the approval of his unit leader, be nominated for election. Prior to the annual election, the unit leader must certify the nominee’s Scout spirit and youth membership qualifications.
  • After registration with a unit, have experienced 15 days and nights of Scout Camping during the two-year term prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting a 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.


Voting for youth candidates will be based on their spirit of brotherhood, cheerfulness (no matter how tiresome their duties) and a willingness to give unselfish and wholehearted service to others at all times.


Adult Membership Qualifications:


Each year, upon holding a unit election for youth candidates which results in at least one youth candidate being elected, the Unit Committee may recommend one registered unit adult, 21 years of age or older, to the lodge adult selection committee, composed of the Lodge Adviser, the Lodge Staff Adviser and the Scout Executive. Units having more than 50 registered, active youth members may nominate an additional adult for every 50 registered, active youth, or fraction thereof. (As an example, a unit having 51 to 100 registered, active youth may nominate two adults each year if at least one youth has been elected.)

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 the following conditions are filled:


  • Selection of the adult is based on the ability to perform the necessary function to help the Order of the Arrow fulfill its purposes, and not for recognition of service, including current or prior achievement and position. 
  • The individual will be an asset to the Order of the Arrow because of demonstrated    abilities that fulfill the purpose of the Order of the Arrow.
  • The camping requirements set forth for youth members are fulfilled.
  • The adult leader’s membership will provide a positive role model for the growth and  development of the youth members of the Lodge.


    Unit elections should be held at a regularly scheduled unit meeting. Every effort should be made to have 100 percent attendance of both youth and adults at this meeting. An election team from the Order of the Arrow must be on hand to conduct the election.


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    Jackson, MS 39202



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    Jackson, MS 39202



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