OA Corner

What is Order of the Arrow?

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Founded in 1915, it uses American Indian traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on Scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily lives. Inducted members are known as Arrowmen or Brothers and are organized into local youth-led lodges for fellowship and the rendering of service to Boy Scout councils and their communities.

Purpose

The purpose of the Order of the Arrow:

  • 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


Eligibility

Troops hold elections for Order of the Arrow members once a year, and Scouts are voted for by their peers. To be nominated for OA, a Scout needs to meet the following requirements:

  •  Be a registered member of BSA
  •  Have experienced 15 days and nights of campouts during the two years prior to the election, including one (and only one) long-term campout of six consecutive days, five nights
  •  Hold the rank of First Class or higher


Induction

Once elected, scouts are required to participate in an Ordeal, which takes place over a weekend. This is the first step toward full membership. After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member (and other requirements) an OA member may (and is expected to) take part in the Brotherhood ceremony. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order. After two years of exceptional service as a Brotherhood member (and other requirements) a Scout may be recognized with the Vigil Honor.

Many of Troop Adult leaders are also members of OA. Some became OA members when they were Scouts; others were elected as adults by meeting specific requirements.



Amangamek-Wipit Lodge #470

Troop 628’s Arrowmen belong to the Amangamek-Wipit Lodge of the National Capital Area Council. For more information on the Lodge, please visit the Lodge website.

Amangamek-Wipit Lodge #470