Order of the Arrow Covid Changes

December 21, 2021: Update to Temporary Covid Policy Modifications

On October 21, the Steering Committee of the National OA Committee approved the following change to the Temporary Covid Policy Modifications:

1.Virtual camping will no longer count towards OA eligibility and the previous camping requirement, which includes a long-term camp of five (5) consecutive nights, is reinstituted:

“Have experienced 15 nights of Scout camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.”

The above change is effective January 1, 2022 . Any virtual camping nights completed before January 1, 2022 may be counted towards OA eligibility.

The options for virtual unit elections, virtual Ordeals, and virtual Brotherhood are retained. Additionally, candidates that were elected after February 1, 2019 will continue to have 24 months from the date of election to complete their ordeal. This remains in effect until otherwise notified that we will go back to 12 months.

ref: Order of the Arrow’s Response to COVID-19 | Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America