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How to nominate an adult for membership in the Order of the Arrow

As long as the unit successfully elects one youth member to the Order, the troop then may also nominate (not elect) adults for membership. Where youth membership is given by his peers as a recognition for service, adults are nominated and accepted if their membership will enrich the Order of the Arrow experience for the youth, or provide some service to the Lodge, the Camp, or the Council. Adult membership should not be given solely as a recognition or honor.

The requirements for adult nominees (in the OA, an ‘adult’ is anyone 21 years of age or older; this differs from the BSA ‘adult’ which starts at the age of 18) are as follows:

    1. Must be a registered and active member of the Redwood Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America at the time of nomination.
    2. Must be at least 21 years old at the time of nomination. Both males and females are eligible
    3. In the past two years, have completed fifteen (15) days and nights of camping under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America. The fifteen days and nights of camping must include one long-term camp of six days and five nights, and the balance of the camping must be short-term (1, 2, or 3 night) camps.

Troops may nominate 1 adult for every 3 youth elected (rounding up). If the Scoutmaster is not a member of the Order of the Arrow, he/she may be nominated in addition to the "1 per 3" provided he/she meets the eligibility requirements and has been Scoutmaster for at least 12 months.

A separate Adult Nomination Form exists for adult Scouters. At the end of a successful election for youth, the Election Team will give the Troop Committee Chairman an adult nomination form. The nomination form is completed in full and mailed to the Lodge, care of the Council Service Center. The Adult Selection Committee (consisting of the Lodge Adviser, Lodge Staff Adviser, and Camping Committee Chairman), will review the form and make a decision on the adult’s nomination. Please remember that nomination does not ensure approval. If approved, the candidate will be mailed Ordeal registration instructions by the Lodge. Adult candidates need to complete the Ordeal within one year, same as a youth member.


Adult Nomination Form

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