Order of the Arrow
For over 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.
The Order of the Arrow was founded in 1915 to serve a useful purpose: to cause the Scout Oath and Law to spring into action in all parts of the nation. To this day, the Order is dedicated to this high purpose.
The Order of the Arrow has a rich history spanning 100 years, from its beginnings at a Boy Scout summer camp to its present role as a part of the Scouting program.
The Order of the Arrow has over 150,000 members nationwide. Although the Order of the Arrow is a thing of the spirit, there are several layers of organization, each with its own role.
Learn about the requirements to become an Arrowman, the induction process, and the levels of memberships within the Order.
The Order of the Arrow is led by youth leadership (national chief, national vice chief), the national Order of the Arrow chairman, the OA director and the OA specialist. In addition the national Order of the Arrow committee provides direction for the yearly program.
The national OA endowment was formed more than 30 years ago as a means for the Order to fund scholarships and special programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
Scheduling Your Election/Visitation
What should I include in my request?
Before placing your request for a ceremony BE CERTAIN that you have ALL of the following information at hand:
- Unit number
- Type of Ceremony being requested
- Event date & time
- The time you would like the ceremony to start at
- Venue Information (Name, Address, Phone)
- Point of Contact for our teams to reach you. This will be required in the form below.
How do I know my information has been received?
- Within one week of your submission, an adult advisor of the Ceremonies Team will contact by email to let you know that we have received your request.
- This email will confirm the following information:
- We have placed your request on our calendar.
- We are now in the process of soliciting our youth membership for ceremonialists to perform the ceremony at the date and time requested.
- Please understand that this may take some time, so if you do not hear anything for a period of time, please do not panic.
- The District Coordinator may reach out to you to ask for additional youth from a local troop to assist us with a Webelos crossover if we do not have enough ceremonialists for your requested time/date.
Thank you so much for your time and we hope to encounter you during election season!
|Lodge Chief||Bradley Preiserfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice Chief of Admin||Carson Leeemail@example.com|
|Vice Chief of Program||Richard D"Allesandro IIIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Secretary||John Preston Veizeremail@example.com|
|Lodge Adviser||Richard D"Allesandro Jr.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kitchen Chair||Andrew Bradfordemail@example.com|
|Ceremonies Chair||Mike Doncheyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Patch Chair||Rob Bradfordemail@example.com|
|Lodge Staff Adviser||Bill Zinkyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Supreme Chief of the Fire||Jim Gillick||James.Gillick@scouting.org|