Order of the Arrow: the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service will be open to male and female youth in 2019

As announced in May, 2018, your Scouts in Scouts BSA troop for girls will become eligible for membership in the Order of the Arrow just like boys in a troop.2019-national-oa-officers

For youth in Scouts BSA, the same rules apply to be eligible to stand for election:  be registered as a Scout, 15 nights of camping within the two years immediately prior to the election (including one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping), and hold at least First Class Rank.  Then, following approval by the Scoutmaster, a youth may be elected by the youth members of their unit.

From the FAQs:

  • Q. Will camping be counted retroactively for those currently in Venturing and Sea Scouts?
    • A:  Yes. Camping that has taken place within the two years immediately prior to the election will be counted beginning February 1, 2019. This camping must have taken place while an individual was registered with the BSA as a program participant and must be while participating with a BSA Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.

So, for most Scouts BSA troops in the Atlanta Area Council starting in February, unless you have Scouts who did long term camping in the last two years as a Venturer or Sea Scout, your first OA election will be in the spring of 2020, after you’ve had a long term camp.

But, if you have a Venturer or Sea Scout who meets the camping and rank requirement, you might be able to schedule an OA election – but coordinate with any Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship that the Scout is registered in, as the Scout may be elected from the Crew or Ship.

egwaAnd in case someone asks, no, Cub Scout camping does not qualify for Order of the Arrow camping eligibility.

More detail in the announcement from May, 2018, and see the Website of Egwa Tawa Dee, the local OA Lodge.

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