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2022 Unit Elections

Curious of how the 2022 Unit Elections will look and what the membership requirements will look like? Below you will find everything you need to know!


Requirements to Hold an Election:

For a valid Unit election to take place, the following requirements must be meant during the election.

  • 50% of the Registered youth (21 and under) of the Unit must be present

For the year of 2022, Black Hawk Lodge will not be offering Unit Elections during the time of Summer Camp. The deadline to have an election done by is May 31st.


During Summer, Scouts want to have fun, enjoy the activities, relax after a hard day of merit badge classes, enjoy there meals, but they do not want to sit there and a Unit Election preformed in their free time.


Even though Summer Camp may be the time that your Unit will have the most Scouts together to preform an election, there are ways to get them together prior to camp. With a date, plenty of notice, and communication, one could easily get their Unit together for an Election.


A Unit Election also give a good reason to have high attendance at the meeting from both the youth Scouts as well as their parents. This allows the opportunity to communicate any other vital information to them and get them up to date.


In order to schedule an election, you can do so today by filling out this form.


Requirements to be Elected during an Election:

In order for a Scout to be considered a Candidate for Ordeal following the Election, the following vote requirements must be meant.

  • Half of the Votes turned it


Youth Election Candidate Requirements:

These are the requirements that the youth must meet in order to be one of the eligible candidates during a Unit Election.


  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.

  • 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.

  • At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, and hold one of the following ranks corresponding to the type unit in which they are being considered for election: Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery rank, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.

**In 2021 virtual camping counted towards the camping requirement; however, in 2022 virtual camping will no longer be accepted**


Adult Nomination Candidate Requirements:

Adults in the Order of the Arrow are Scouters who are age 21 and older and must meet the requirements below in order to become a Candidate for Ordeal.

  • 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.

  • Adult Candidate Nomination Form* must be completed by the Unit Committee and turned into Lodge Adviser

*we are currently working on getting this form on the website, but in the mean time, contact the Lodge to obtain this form


How many adults can we nominate?

The amount of Adults you can nominate are based on a ratio for youth elected. Below you will see the conversion. The number of adults nominated does not have to be reached, it is just a maximum. If the Unit Committee would like to nominate the current Serving Unit Leader, they will not be counted towards the total number of Adults (this does not include Assistant Unit Leaders).


0 Youth Elected = 0 Adults Nominated

1 Youth Elected = 1 Adult Nominated

2 Youth Elected = 1 Adult Nominated

3 Youth Elected = 2 Adults Nominated

4 Youth Elected = 3 Adults Nominated

5 Youth Elected = 3 Adults Nominated

6 Youth Elected = 4 Adults Nominated

etc.


Questions:

If there are any questions regarding Unit Elections for 2022, please reach our to webmaster@blackhawklodge.org.