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Order of the Arrow

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- Dr. E. Urner Goodman

Unit Leaders, the Order of the Arrow is at your Service!

Order of the Arrow Unit Elections

Once each calendar year, a chartered Scouts BSA Troop, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship may hold a unit election to elect qualified youth members of their unit as candidates for membership in the Order of the Arrow. Additional information about membership qualifications can be found at https://oa-bsa.org/about/membership.

The OA considers anyone who is under the age of 21 to be a youth, so young adults (ages 18 – 21) can be elected as candidates even though they may be registered as adults in a Scouts BSA Troop. New candidates are voted on by every youth member of the unit present at the election - not just the OA members (thereby ensuring that Scouts are elected mostly by Scouts who are not OA members).

A unit election team from your Chapter, trained in the latest OA election policies, must conduct the election at a unit meeting. The unit leader is responsible for selecting the date and time for the unit election. Units may not conduct an election if the Chapter unit election team is not present. Even if a unit does not have any eligible Scouts, the unit should let their Chapter know that they will not be able to hold an election.

If a unit conducts an election that results in at least one Scout being elected, the unit committee may nominate qualified adults as potential candidates. Adults who are nominated must be selected by the Lodge Adult Selection Committee and approved as a candidate by the Chief Scout Executive of the Atlanta Area Council. For more information about adult nominations, go to The Unit Leader’s Guide to the Order of the Arrow Unit Elections

Click Here for a one-page flyer that briefly explains unit elections and provides contact information for requesting a unit election. This flyer is distributed by mail to unit leaders and made available in the Program Center at the VSC. Unit leaders are encouraged to use the email addresses shown of the flyer, instead of any email addresses that you may have acquired in the past. These addresses automatically are routed to the Chief and Adviser for the Chapter for your District.

To assist unit leaders the Lodge has prepared The Unit Leader’s Guide to the Order of the Arrow Unit Elections. It provides unit leaders with the introductory information they need to be prepared for their unit election.

Induction

Youth and young adults who are elected, and adults who are approved by the Lodge Adult Selection Committee and Scout Executive, as candidates must complete an induction weekend within one year of the unit election date.

Induction (sometimes referred to as “the Ordeal”) is a weekend experience in which those elected or selected learn about the customs and traditions of the Order of the Arrow and undertake a spiritual journey to discover the true meanings of leadership, service and the Brotherhood of Scouting. As a Unit Leader you can help prepare those candidates in your unit. For more information about induction, check out the Candidates page and encourage your unit's candidates to do likewise.

If the information above does not answer your questions please don't hesitate to contact your Chapter Adviser.

Unit of Excellence Award

The Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence Award seeks to identify those units, and the leaders within them, who excel at incorporating the OA into their annual planning. Units must complete all of the requirements listed below during the calendar year to be eligible as an Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence. If all requirements are completed, the unit receives a ribbon for their unit flag, per annum. The Lodge Unit Relations Committee will verify the membership information in the application against the unit record in LodgeMaster. If the application is approved, the Lodge will order the OA Unit of Excellence Award Ribbon from the Order of the Arrow Office in Irving Texas. The national office normally sends out the OA Unit of Excellence Awards in May of the following year. The qualifying unit must order the individual awards from the OA National Office using the forms available on the Lodge website.

The deadline for units to submit a completed application for the 2018 OA Unit of Excellence Award is December 15, of each year.

The Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence Award recognizes those units, and the leaders within them, who excel at incorporating the OA into their annual planning. If all requirements are completed, the unit receives a ribbon for their troop/team flag.

Applications are to be sent to the Lodge Unit Relations Committee at unitrelationschairman@aacegwa.org.

Unit of Excellence Award Application



OA Unit Representative

The Order of the Arrow unit representative is a youth liaison serving between Egwa Tawa Dee lodge or the Chapter for your District and their Troop, Crew or Ship. In their unit, they help meet the needs of the unit and serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the OA. They do this in a fashion that strengthens the mission of the lodge, purpose of the OA, and the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. By setting a good example, they will enhance the image of the OA as a service arm to their unit.

The OA unit representative is considered a position of responsibility within the unit and, depending on the needs of the unit may serve a six month or 12-month term of office.

For more information on the OA Unit Representative position and for a copy of the OA Unit Representative Support Pack, go to https://oa-bsa.org/resources/ucl-support/unit-rep

Camping Promotion

Annually, the Order of the Arrow promotes camping to units in the Atlanta Area Council. These range from presentations at Council events and district roundtables, to camping presentations at individual units and the Lodge's Where to go Camping Guide.

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