A committee of Arrowmen have been working hard for the past two years to develop a program that assists sections, lodges and chapters with conducting unit elections in those units chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). This initiative is called SURGE: Supporting Units through Really Great Elections.
This initiative was started to boost the activity by units chartered by the LDS Church. The key resource created for use by unit election teams is an LDS Unit Election Video which can be shown at a troop meeting. This video contains images and statements that are familiar to members of the LDS faith.
SURGE was presented as a main course in the curriculum at NEXT in 2016. The response and interest in this initiative was strong and the team has since developed more resources to help increase the quality of unit elections.
In addition to these great resources, a recognition device has been created to encourage and motivate Arrowmen to participate in using these resources, conducting Unit Elections and mentoring those elected through their induction weekend. The SURGE Recognition Device can be earned by any Arrowman that completes the requirements.
There are two ways to earn the SURGE recognition device:
- The first way is to be elected by your LDS unit. You must complete the induction process and become an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow.
- The second way to earn this recognition device is for any Arrowman. As a youth member of an election team you must conduct one or more unit elections in LDS units and have five or more of those Scouts who were elected successfully inducted becoming Ordeal members of the Order of the Arrow.
In units where at least one Scout is elected, the unit may nominate qualified adults, including the Scoutmaster. Adult Arrowmen who want to earn the SURGE recognition device must help conduct one or more unit elections in LDS units where Scouts are elected and adults are nominated. Three or more of those adults nominated must be successfully inducted becoming Ordeal members of the Order of the Arrow.
Youth Arrowmen are expected to encourage and communicate with the youth that are elected and adult Arrowmen with the adults that are nominated until they have completed the induction process.
You can find more information regarding the SURGE Recognition Device along with materials such as an LLD training syllabus and Powerpoint presentation, How-to Guide, sample letters, scripts and other resources that have been created at western.oa-bsa.org/surge. You can access the Unit Election video directly on YouTube. The SURGE Team can be reached at @email.