Scouts are elected to the Order by their fellow unit members, following approval by the Scoutmaster or Crew Adviser. To become a member, a youth must be a registered member of a Scout troop or Venturing Crew and hold at least a First Class rank.
The youth must have experienced fifteen days and nights of Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The fifteen 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.
Adults are nominated for selection to OA by the Troop Committee on a basis of one adult per three elected boys in the troop/team or part thereof. Additionally, currently serving unit leaders (Scoutmaster or Coach) that are not already members of the OA may be nominated in addition to the one adult per three youth ratio as long as he or she has served as unit leader for least the previous twelve months.
Adult selection is based on their ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and is not for recognition. Selected adult Scouters must be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities, and provide a positive role model for the youth members of the lodge.
Requesting a Unit Election
National Policy on Unit Elections Membership Requirements
This page explains the National Policy on Unit Elections Membership Requirements.