To answer a part of your questions. The youth pick the membership. ALso there are two requirements for membership the camping requirement and First Class or up when elected. A troop may have one adult chosen by the ytroop committee (who meets the camping requirement) for each 50 registered youth in your unit so if you have 50 or less you get one adult per year.
Fritz you need to contact your Lodge and ask them about holding the Spring election. They may/should have a unit election team that will come out and hold your election. Your Lodge Web site is http://www.octoraro22.org/
It is possible that everyone that meets the requirement be elected. If they meet those and the SM approves them for the election then they all get in. Once they are elected you cannot say no not him. The SM must approve or disapprove prior to the actual election and sign off on that. There are forms that are used for the election.
Also remember the OA is a servoce organization and if you are using the OA as a reward and not for what it is meant to be do not have the election. You are expected once in the Lodge to give service to the Lodge and the Council.
Our Lodge does all the Maintenance at our scout reservation we do not pay anyone for that. We cut grass Build Buildings replace roofs etc. We hold 4 service weekends a year and have ceremonies in the Evenings of those weekends. We also have a February Banquet. Our weekend average over 250 in attendance.
Your Unit Election Information http://www.octoraro22.org/index.php?opt ... &Itemid=86
/A: Camping Requirement Interpretation
Q: Who decides what camping activities qualify for the camping requirement needed for election to the Order of the Arrow?
A: With the camping requirement, as with all other eligibility requirements, it is the Unit Leader's job to interpret whether a Scout has met the requirement.
As stated in the Guide for Officers and Advisers (#34997A, 1999 revision, page 20):
"Unit Leader Approval. To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify his Scout spirit (i.e. his adherence to the Scout Oath and Law and active participation in unit activities). The unit leader must also certify that the nominee meets all specified requirements at the time of this annual election."
Other than defining the length of time needed for a camping activity to be considered a long-term camp*, the National Order of the Arrow Committee leaves the interpretation of the camping requirement to the unit leader.
* A "long-term camp" is one consisting of at least six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping. A "short-term camp" is anything less than that.
Back to the FAQ Index
Copyright © 1997-2008 Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America.
All Rights Reserved. Site Info and PoliciesQuestions and Comments