Order of the Arrow
Congratulations! You have been elected as a candidate for the Order of the Arrow. The OA, as it’s called, is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. It was organized in 1915 to recognize and honor Scouts who stand out. The purposes of the OA are to recognize those 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, and to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
- The Candidate spends a night alone as a sign of courage and self-reliance. It is also a time for self-reflection and to consider the events taking place.
- The Candidate keeps complete silence. This gives him the opportunity to pay stricter attention to unspoken thoughts, searching out past deficiencies, and resolving on a life of fuller service in the future.
- The Candidate spends the daylight hours of the Ordeal in meaningful labor. This proves the candidate's willingness to serve others cheerfully.
- The Candidate also eats sparingly, thus proving the ability to subordinate the appetites of the body to the high purpose of the spirit.
- Class A uniform
- Class B uniform that can get dirty
- Medical forms A and B
- Tent for Saturday night (Your own or to share with a buddy from your unit, YPT-compliant)
- Sleeping bag
- Ground cloth/plastic tarp
- Cold weather gear
- Shower kit
- Work boots/gloves
- Water bottle
- Prescription medicine (in original container)
- Thin Air or Foam pad
- Day pack or regular backpack (may be easier to carry your sleeping bag and ground cloth on Friday night)
- Sun protection
- Notebook, pencil/pen
- Money for trading post
- Food or snacks
- Matches or lighters
- Hatchets, axes, tools
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||Matthew Bindasfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice Chief of Admin||Aiden Snedekeremail@example.com|
|Vice Chief of Program||Kieran Lorahfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lodge Adviser||Richard D'Allassandro Jr.||email@example.com|
|Northern Chapter Chief||Caityln DeLanoyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Southern Chapter Chief||Aidan Malleyemail@example.com|
|Kitchen Chair||Andrew Bradfordfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Patch Chair||Rob Bradfordemail@example.com|
|Lodge Staff Adviser||Frank Bopp||Frank.Bopp@scouting.org|
|Supreme Chief of the Fire||Jim Gillick||James.Gillick@scouting.org|
Spring Ordeal May 05, 2023 to May 07