Unit Elections

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society. It recognizes those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and, through that recognition, cause others to conduct themselves in such a way that warrants similar recognition, to promote camping, to develop leaders, and to crystallize the habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

  • Each Scouts BSA troop, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship with qualified youth are urged to hold an annual election.  In the Washington Crossing Council, elections are typically conducted in the 3 month period between December and the following February.  Elections may be held earlier than December, but not later than the end of February.
  • All unit elections must be conducted by an election team from their local chapter or from the Lodge.  Elections usually take between 20-30 minutes and at least 50% of the active youth in your unit must be present.
  • Unit leaders are encouraged to schedule their elections at least 3 weeks before the requested date to allow us to schedule and coordinate an election team for your unit.
  • Elections may be scheduled online using the form below.

You can also use this Unit Election Request form and email it to your local OA Chapter Adviser. Unit Election Request Form 

More information about preparing for an election and youth and adult eligibility requirements can be found here. Guide to Unit Elections 

For adult nominations, please use this form and submit it to your election team at the time of your unit election.  Please note the limitations on the number of adults that can be nominated. Adult Nomination Form