For more than 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.
Being elected into the Order of the Arrow is a highlight of any Scout or Scouters Scouting journey. The Callout and Ordeal are both experiences that they will remember for years to come. To preserve the sacred nature of this honor, the Shawnee Lodge Executive Commitee (LEC) has developed the following guidelines governing the election process.
Please review the guidelines on this page and don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.
Qualifications for Election
From the Shawnee Lodge By-Laws
Youth Candidates are designated as those under 21 years of age. Adult candidates are 21 or older at the time of election.
Be currently registered in a chartered Scout Troop or Varsity Team.
Camping Requirement – After registration with a unit, a scout is required to have experienced 15 days and nights of affiliated Boy Scout or Varsity camping during the two-year period prior to the election. 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. All camping must be 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.
Youth members are elected by a majority vote of Troop members present at the election. Adult leaders are elected by a vote of registered adults present at the adult election. Elections are conducted according to procedures outlined elsewhere in these by-laws.
Candidates must be in attendance at long-term camp for one full week when elected. A member not with the Troop at long-term camp is eligible if he attends a full term high adventure base, a Jamboree, the council’s National Youth Leadership Training, another week long Boy Scout camping program, or week-long Wood Badge in the same year prior to the Fall Reunion. Failure to meet this requirement voids the candidate’s election. Adult candidates must also comply with these requirements the summer of the election. Webelos or Cub Scout camping does not fulfill these requirements.
Youth members must at least be First Class Rank at the time of the election.
A scout may withdraw from the election upon his own request before or after the election.
The unit leader must certify each candidate as to his scouting spirit and participation. He must certify that each candidate meets the specified requirements by completing the citation. A signature or lack thereof (veto) on their citation indicates certification or veto appropriately.
Adult candidates are subject to the approval of the Scout Executive. The Scout Executive may choose to authorize a waiver for adults for long term camp to qualify for resident camping experience over the two year period, upon individual written petition to him stating reason why six consecutive days of resident camp is unattainable. Only conditions related to job security or health is considered. No further interpretation or alternatives are to be considered. This must be done two weeks before the election at the unit Committee Meeting.
Source: Shawnee Lodge By-Laws Section II.A
Ordeal Election Procedures
The Shawnee Lodge Executive Committee has arranged for unit elections to be conducted at the following Greater Saint Louis Area Council Summer Camps:
- Camp Famous Eagle at the S bar F Scout Ranch
- Camp Gamble at the S bar F Scout Ranch
- Camp Joy
- Camp Lewallen
- Swift High Adventure Base at the S bar F Scout Ranch
The elections at these camps will be conducted by a member of the camp staff following the qualifications and procedures outlined in the Shawnee Lodge Bylaws. Units opting to attend summer camp at a camp that is not operated by the Greater Saint Louis Area Council will need to apply for, and complete the procedures required by, the Elsewhere Election Process. For more information on the Elsewhere Election process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elsewhere Election Deadlines
March 31st – Form A must be submitted online to the Lodge.
May 15th – Adult Eligibility Waivers are due to the Shawnee Lodge Chief.
May 31st – Form B must be submitted online to the Lodge.
June 15th – Ordeal Honor Citations and Ordeal Citation Fees are due. (upon receipt of the election report from the Chapter Adviser, information on how to pay citation fees and submit the paperwork will be emailed to the unit leader email on file)
August 15th – Form C submitted online to the Lodge.