Select your district using the buttons shown below to request a visit from the Order of the Arrow (OA)
Submit all adult recommendations using the button show below
Please be aware that most chapters are not staffed nor equipped to perform all ceremonies. If this is the case, any arrowman can perform the ceremonies in full scout uniform with sash.
In the event, the chapter is unable to provide this service, we will provide the ceremony scripts to the arrowmen.
Any arrowman can help with Arrow of Light and Scouts BSA Crossover ceremonies. However, we can no longer perform these ceremonies in full Native American regalia. Instead the ceremony is to be performed in full field (Class A) uniform while wearing the OA sash. Below are links to the ceremonies we can perform:
Eagle Scout Court of Honor
If you wish to have a 4-winds ceremony performed for an Eagle Court of Honor please allow 4 weeks to prepare as the ceremony is extensive and needs time to practice.
Call Out Ceremony for Candidates to the Order
Your chapter may have a team that is ready to perform the lodge approved call-out ceremony for your unit. If not, the arrowmen in your unit may perform the call out.
You are not required to use the lodge call out ceremony and may use a ceremony of your choosing as long as it is performed in good taste and respect for the OA, the BSA in general and our Native American brothers and sisters.
A member of the lodge leadership team is available to help promote outdoor programs including summer camp opportunities in the Alamo Area Council.
We can cover camping opportunities within Alamo Area Council as well as make suggestions for camping within a short distance from the San Antonio metropolitan area.
We can specifically address high-adventure opportunities for members of the OA.
For Troops, Crews and Ships only
Youth and Adult Eligibility Requirements can be found here
Scheduling Unit Elections
Before requesting a unit election, please prepare a document of your eligible youth members under the age of 21 with the following required information. This document will be required when you submit the unit election request.
- BSA Id
- Full Name
- Rank at time of Election
- Date of Birth
- Primary Mailing Address,
- Primary Phone Numbers (please indicate whose number it is)
- Primary email addresses (note that the emails provided are the ones that will receive information regarding the candidate and induction event information)
Recommend adults to the OA using this Adult Recommendation Form. Fill out one form for each adult being recommended.
Please submit adult recommendations within 3 days of the youth election using the Submit Adult Recommendation button shown at the top.
Please be aware; adults are not considered candidates to the order until they are approved by the Lodge Advisor and Supreme Chief of the Fire (Council Executive)
Unit elections rules and procedures
- Units cannot perform their own elections.
- At least 50% of the active registered youth members under the age of 21 must be present on the night of the election.
- To be elected to the order, the youth must receive 50% or more of the votes from the ballots turned in.
- Scouts may abstain from voting by not turning in a ballot and it does not count against the 50%.
- An empty ballot that is turned in is counted as a vote for no one and count toward the 50% required votes.
- Scouts may vote for as many eligible scouts as they feel are worthy.
- Ballots are anonymous and will leave the premises with the unit election team.
- If at least one scout is elected, the election is considered final.
- If no scouts are elected, the unit may choose to perform the election one more time. If no scouts are elected the second time, the election is final.
Do you use Scoutbook?
In the future, scheduling a unit election will be even easier if you use Scoutbook. You will have the ability to request an election and upload your candidates directly into our LodgeMaster system.
If you don’t use Scoutbook, not to worry. Provide us with a document containing the information listed above and we will take care of the rest.
For Troops, Crews and Ships only
What? Never heard of the OA? Maybe you are new and don’t know what the OA is all about. Or maybe you have heard about the OA but are a new unit and have never held an election before. And then again, maybe your unit wants to restart their OA program or needs a way to keep the older scouts engaged. We can help with all of this.
No matter your familiarity with the program, we can come to one of your meetings and introduce the OA. We can discuss what being a member of the “national honor society” really means, how one becomes a member, how we can help strengthen your troop leadership through our national leadership seminars and the opportunities members have to go to the BSA’s premier high-adventure camps at a significant discount.
If you are interested in knowing more, click that check box and … we can help with that.