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OA Elections

Order of the Arrow Unit Elections

What is an OA Election?

Once each year, a unit (troop, crew, or ship) may hold a unit election to elect youth members to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the Order of the Arrow (OA), but only youth members are elected. Adult leaders in the unit under the age of 21 are considered youth members for OA purposes, including unit elections. New members are voted on by every youth member of the unit present at the election – not just the OA members.

Elections are normally held at a regular unit meeting, and take about half an hour to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of active youth members must be present – if less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled.

Who is Eligible to be Elected into the Order of the Arrow?

To be elected into the Order of the Arrow, you must:

After the Election

Visit our “Newly Elected” page for more information and what to expect after your election

Election Resources

Guide to Unit Elections

Election Forms

Download the “Electing New Members” video. This video contains a brief summary of the Order of the Arrow and its programs as well as an explanation of the election procedures. It is an invaluable resource to unit election teams.

Request an OA Election for your Unit:

Go to the full page to view and submit the form.

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