Troop Elections

Hold a Unit Election:

To become a member of the Order of the Arrow a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout is chosen by vote of the youths in his unit. This is a unique feature of the Order since the majority of those who select their candidates for this honor are not members of the lodge. This is one of the things that makes it such an honor to be elected.  However, lodge members in the unit have a vote as well as nonmembers. In this way membership is controlled by the youths in their own units and not by those who are already Arrowmen.

To be eligible for election, a Scout must:

  • Be under the age of 21
  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Hold the BSA First Class Rank as a minimum
  • Experience 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during a 2 year period (while a registered scout) prior to the election. This must include one approved long term camp of at least 6 days and 5 nights (such as summer camp).
  • Have Leader approval prior to the election (certify scout spirit and active participation in troop activities).

To be eligible for Adult membership:

  • Over the age of 21
  • Meet all the youth requirements above except for First Class Rank.
  • Troop nominations concurrent with troop election, with at least one youth candidate elected.
  • Adults are recommended by the unit committee, or by the district or council committee.

A unit election can only be held once a year. The election usually is held at one of the units weekly meetings but it could be held at other times as the unit has worked out the schedule with the lodge/chapter.  Troop Elections in the Ini-To Lodge are scheduled during January - March, with elected candidates called out during district Spring Camp-o-rees. 

The OA Troop Representative coordinates with the local OA chapter to schedule troop elections.  If the Troop currently does not have any active OA members, the Senior Patrol Leader may contact the local OA chapter to schedule the troop election.

All members of the Order of the Arrow, both youth and adults, must successfully complete the Ordeal experience and participate in the induction ceremony within one year of the unit election date.

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The Flint River Council

Ini-To Lodge is composed of Order of the Arrow members who are registered

Scouts and Scouters in the Flint River Council.

We are located in central Georgia with our council office in Griffin.