Order of the Arrow
What is the OA? The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting. The society was created as a means of reinforcing the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. The goal was to establish these as lifelong guidelines, and to encourage continued participation in Scouting and camping. Influenced in part by camp traditions, and Indian folklore, the OA uses "safeguarded" symbols, handshakes, and ceremonies to impart a sense of community. The Order of the Arrow was founded at Treasure Island Scout Reservation in 1915. That's why our OA "Lodge" (group) is called Unami One. Here is our lodge webpage: UNAMI ONE
Inducted members, known as Arrowmen or Brothers, are organized into local youth-led lodges that harbor fellowship, promote camping, and render service to Boy Scout councils and their communities. Members wear identifying insignia on their uniforms, most notably the OA pocket flap (representing their individual lodge) and the OA sash (worn at official OA functions) and are eligible for special OA awards. The OA program sponsors several events, awards, and training functions.
How Scouts and adults get into the OA: Scouts and adults are voted in by their troop in a confidential election. You should vote for a Scout based only on his character of routinely giving cheerful service to any worth cause. There are limits on how many Scouts may be elected into OA each year. OA Scouts should be the ones who:
help without being asked
make sure that others 'have' first
willingly lead a group without thought of rewards or praise
demonstrate unquestionable Scout Spirit
OA members wear one of the following three sashes (depending on their seniority and service within the OA). From the left, sashes for Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil members.
What happens in the OA? Members get together to do service projects at camps (getting them ready for Summer Camp) and sometimes in the community. They have meetings with activities geared towards older, more experienced Scouts. There is also a great OA program out at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The OA also has a fondness for Native American names, ideas, customs and themes. They sometimes do really cool ceremonies with flaming arrows, costumes and huge bonfires.
The Order of the Arrow was founded at Treasure Island Scout Reservation in 1915. That's why our OA "Lodge" (group) is called Unami One. Here is our lodge webpage: UNAMI ONE