Q/A: Camping Requirement Interpretation
Who decides what camping activities qualify for the camping
requirement needed for election to the Order of the Arrow?
With the camping requirement, as with all other eligibility
requirements, it is the Unit Leader's job to interpret
whether a Scout has met the requirement.
As stated in the Guide for Officers and Advisers
(#34997A, 1999 revision, page 20):
"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."
Other than defining the length of time needed for a camping
activity to be considered a long-term camp*, the
National Order of the Arrow Committee leaves the interpretation
of the camping requirement to the unit leader.
* A "long-term camp" is one consisting of
at least six consecutive days and five nights of resident
camping. A "short-term camp" is anything less
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