Scouts are elected to the Order by their fellow unit members, following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach. To be eligible for election, a youth must be a registered member of a Boy Scout Troop or Varsity Scout Team and hold First Class rank. The youth must have experienced fifteen days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The fifteen days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
Adult nomination is based on their ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and is not for recognition. Selected adult Scouters must be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities, and provide a positive role model for the youth members of the lodge. Adults are typically nominated by their Troop or Team.
Once elected or nominated a scout/scouter is considered a candidate until they complete the Ordeal. The scout must complete the Ordeal within one year of election or they must be re-elected or nominated.
The following videos (one for canidates and one for parents) provide some information.
A Message for New Ordeal Candidates
A Message for Parents of New Ordeal Candidates