This is the portal for unit elections in Nataepu Shohpe Lodge. You can use the links below to navigate, and you can contact us (click here) at any time if you have problems.
This system is intended to be as simple as possible.
- First, contact your local chapter chief and chapter adviser for details as to how you will be paired with another troop, and when to train your election team. If you are unaware of the changes in how Unit Elections are ran, please read the “Scoutmaster Letter” document.
- Once you have contacted your chapter chief, try and find a way to get your selected scouts who are to be your elections team to a Unit Elections training. While you can run an election without being trained, it will make the process much smoother.
- When you receive the contact information for the troop you are paired with, let your election team take the initiative in setting up the election for the troop you are responsible for.
- Once the date for your election is set, you can prepare for your election by visiting the resources page (click here). This page contains all of the information you will need for your election to be successful, including all necessary forms and the unit election video.
- You can also generate a ballot for your election using our ballot generator tool (click here).
- Once your election is completed, we would love for you to fill out our evaluation form (click here). It is completely optional, but it will help us to improve our future elections.
List of Pages
This is a list of all pages in our unit elections system, provided for your convenience.
- Unit Elections Calendar
- This page contains all scheduled unit elections for our council.
- Unit Election Resources
- This page contains all of the resources you will need to make your unit election a success.
- Ballot Generator
- You can use the form on this page to create a printable ballot for your unit’s election.
- Unit Election Evaluation
- We ask that you fill out the short evaluation on this page after the completion of your election to help us improve.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Several questions that you may have are addressed on this page.
Unit leader approval. To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify his Scout spirit (i.e., his adherence to the Scout Oath and Law and active participation in unit activities). The unit leader must also certify that the nominee meets all specified requirements at the time of this annual election. Youth membership qualifications. All 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 experienced 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, longterm 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.
Candidates for youth membership shall be elected by other youth members in accordance with policies set forth by the national Order of the Arrow committee.
Adult membership qualifications. All 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. 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 nominate adults 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. The number of adults nominated can be no more than one-third of the number of youth candidates elected, rounded up where the number of youth candidates is not a multiple of three. In addition to the one-third limit, the unit committee may nominate the currently serving unit leader (but not assistant leaders), as long as he or she has served as unit leader for at least the previous 12 months. Recommendations of the adult selection committee, with the approval of the Scout executive, serving as 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.