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Unit Elections Handbook

This handbook provides information on Order of the Arrow unit elections to both members and non-members. It can be distributed to unit leaders and others who want to know the policies regarding unit elections and how unit elections are conducted. All of the content in this guide is taken from the Inductions Handbook. However, the Inductions Handbook is not made available to non-members because it contains information on the Order’s ceremonies.

Lodges and chapters are encouraged to copy and reference sections of the Unit Elections Handbook and provide them to officers, committees, and advisers that need them. Sections, lodges, and chapters also may extract and reference paragraphs or sections for use in their publications and training documents. This handbook elaborates on the broad objectives and policies contained in the Order of the Arrow Handbook and in the Handbook for Officers and Advisers. It has been written to support and expand on the Lodge Leadership Development conference (LLD) training sessions concerning inductions.

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Electing New Members

This video contains a brief summary of the Order of the Arrow and its programs as well as an explanation of the election procedures. It is an invaluable resource to unit election teams.


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Elections Form Packet

This packet contains three forms that are designed to be reproduced by lodges and distributed for use at unit elections conducted by lodge and chapter unit elections teams. These forms are the Unit Election Report, Unit Elections Evaluation Form, and Adult Candidate Nomination Form.

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You are encouraged to submit your comments, suggestions, and questions about the Unit Elections Handbook to the national Order of the Arrow committee by contacting Inductions & Ceremonies.