Eligibility to the Order of the Arrow
To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must be registered with the Boy Scouts of American and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify his Scout spirit. The unit leader must also certify that the nominee meet all specified requirements at the time of this annual election.
Youth Membership RequirementsAll members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are under 21 years of age shall be considered youth members or candidates for youth membership, subject to meeting the following requirements.
- Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Hold the First Class rank of the Boy Scouts of America, as a minimum.
- After registration with a troop or team, have experience 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
Adult Membership RequirementsAll members of, or candidates for membership, in the Order of the Arrow who are 21 years of age or older and who are registered members of the Boy Scouts of America shall be considered adult members or candidates for adult membership. Individuals shall be selected as candidates based on the following. Adult Leaders in Units Each year, upon holding a troop or team election for youth candidates that results in at least one youth candidate being elected, the unit committee may recommend one adult to the lodge adult selection committee, composed of the Lodge Adviser, the chairman of the council committee on which the Lodge Adviser serves, and the Lodge Staff Adviser. Troops or teams having more than 50 registered active youth members may nominate an additional adult for every 50 registered, active youth, or fraction thereof. For example: a Troop having 51 to 100 registered, active youths may nominate two adults each year if at least one youth has been elected. Recommendations of the adult selection committee, with the approval of the Scout Executive, serving as the Supreme Chief of the Fire, will be candidates for induction, provided the following conditions are fulfilled.
- Selection of the adult is based on the ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and not for recognition of service, including current or prior achievement and positions.
- The individual will be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities that fulfill the purpose of the Order.
- The camping requirements set forth for youth members are fulfilled.
- The adult leader's membership will provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the Lodge.
In preparation for your Brotherhood Ordeal
- You have remained active in your troop and lodge for at least 10 months (just be sure you keep your dues paid: that is the fourth challenge)
- Second, you need to learn and memorize the Obligation, Song, hand shake, Admonition, and Sign of the Ordeal. (These can be found in your Order of the Arrow handbook or at http://www.jumpstart.oa-bsa.org/)
- The third task is to grow in understanding of the Ordeal, the signs and symbols brought to you during your ordeal experience. This information can also be found in your handbook or at the above website.
- Write a one-page letter to the Brotherhood chairman explaining how you have used your Ordeal to grow as a leader, what it means to you, and how you plan to use your Brotherhood membership to not only strengthen the lodge, but also yourself.
- Carve a 3 foot walking stick. About 12 inches from the end, carve a notch so the stick can be broken. In this 1 foot section carve words like “WWW”, “OA”, “103”, “Monaken” or even the Brotherhood arrow
- If taking your brotherhood you will need to be checked in at camp by 6:30PM to finish preparing to take your ordeal.
Renewing your MembershipYou can renew your dues for the Monaken Lodge throughout the course of the year. Below is all the information you need to renew your dues.
- If you are current in your dues (meaning that you have renewed up to the current year), the cost to renew your dues for the following year is $12.00
- If you have dues prior to this current year and you haven’t renewed your dues for this year, the cost to renew your dues is $25.00 (1 years back dues + the current years dues)
Where to pay your DuesYou can pay your dues at any of the following places:
- Klondike Derby (in the Dining Hall) throughout the day
- Any Lodge Event
- Boy Scout Resident Camp
- At the Council Office