Once each year (calendar year), a chartered Boy Scout Troop, Crew or Ship may invite the OA to conduct a unit election to elect youth members of their unit to become members of the Order of the Arrow.
New members are voted on by every youth member of the troop present at the election - not just the units OA members thereby insuring that Scouts are elected by the people who know them best.
Announcement: The National OA Director has approved lodges to hold virtual unit elections through July 1, 2020. Due to the cancellation of many induction events, candidates that are elected through July 1, 2020 will have 24 months from the date of election to complete their ordeal.
Virtual camping (i.e., backyard or solo camping) may be counted toward the required nights of camping for OA election eligibility if all the following stipulations are met:
This change is in effect until September 1, 2020.
Units which have already held an election between March 1, 2020, and April 30, 2020 are authorized to hold one additional election for any individuals who were ineligible at the time of the election due to the camping requirement, but would have been considered eligible at the time if this temporary policy had then been in effect. This second election must be completed no later than July 1, 2020. Those who were previously considered for election in the first election may not be reconsidered on this second ballot (i.e., no one can be considered for election more than once in a year).