What is The order of the arrow?
The order of the arrow is boy scouts national honor society for all those scouts who exemplifies the scout oath and law the best.
The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934. In 1948, the OA was recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor campers and became an official part of the national camping program of the Boy Scouts of America. Today, the OA is recognized as Scouting's National Honor Society
- the scout must be the rank of first class scout
- The scout should be under the age of 21 and must be elected by youth members of the troop
- scout must have experienced 15 days and night of camping with his troop
To recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.
To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.
To promote Scout camping.
To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Each Order of the Arrow lodge is granted a charter from the National Council, BSA, upon annual application by the local council. The OA lodge helps the local council provide a quality Scouting program through recognition of Scouting spirit and performance, development of youth leadership and service, promotion of Scout camping and outdoor programs, and enhancement of membership tenure
Scouts then have to attend an ordeal testing the scouts commitment to the what they wish to join. These ordeals are done in multiple months so that all the scouts are able to attend. These ordeals will take place a full week of each of these months.
After 10 months of service and fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further knowledge on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the OA.
After two years of service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the national Order of the Arrow Committee, a Scout may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for outstanding service to Scouting, his lodge, and the community. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.
Your Order of the Arrow troop Representive
The Order of the Arrow representive will:
Acts as a liaison between the Troop and the Order of the Arrow. Promotes Troop camping and cheerful service.
Reports to Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
OA member in good standing
Serve as a communication link between the lodge or chapter and the troop/team
Encourage year-round and resident camping in the troop/team
Encourage older-Scout participation in high-adventure programs
Encourage Scouts to actively participate in community service projects
Assist with leadership skills training in the troop/team
Encourage Arrowmen to assume leadership positions within the troop/team
Encourage Arrowmen in the troop/team to be active participants in lodge and/or chapter activities and to seal their membership in the Order by becoming Brotherhood members
Set a good example
Wear the Scout uniform correctly
Live by the Scout Oath and Law
Show and help develop Scout spirit
(From Left to right)
Ordeal sash, Brotherhood sash, Vigil Honor sash
***IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ACTIONS OF THE ORDER OF THE ARROW OR ANY OF THE EVENTS CONTACT YOUR TROOP'S REPRESENTATIVE***