Ask the Chairman
Q. Dear Ray:
There has been some confusion regarding a "time period" requirement.
Because of the wording "during the two-year period prior to the election," is
there a minimum time requirement OF TWO YEARS that a Scout must be in the Troop
or Team before he is eligible to be elected?
Thank you for your question.
There is NO minimum time to be a Scout to join the OA. If the Scout meets the
camping requirement in a shorter period of time, it suggests to the other voters
in the troop that they are even more active. The requirement to accumulate the
15 days and nights within two years of being elected is intended to ensure that
the candidates for membership in the OA are active campers. The Order likes to
see active campers both as candidates and part of the voting population in a
unit to ensure that the boys voting get to see a Scout outdoors, functioning as
part of his patrol and unit in real Scouting activities. These observations are
what best allows the other boys to discern whether a candidate actually lives up
to the Scout Oath and Scout Law and is therefore a candidate worthy of
Hope this helps,