Re: Order of the Arrow
Greg L. Gough (ggough@MAIL.ORION.ORG)
Mon, 4 Sep 1995 10:36:11 -0500
You have picked up some bad information on the Order of the Arrow. OA is
a honor camper society that was founded in 1915 at Treasure Island, the
Philadelphia Council Scout Camp by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A.
Edson. It's founding was a form of recognition for those scouts who best
exemplified the spirit of the Scout Oath and Law. Once the canidate goes
through the Ordeal and takes the Obligation, they pledge themselves to
serve cheerfully, not begrudging, to help all those in need and in doing
so strive to better themselves. This recognition of being elected to OA
helps others to conduct themselves in such a manner (exemplify Scout Oath
and Law) so they will want to be elected. OA also develops and maintains
camping traditions and spirit. Promotes Scout camping through both Unit
and Council camps. OA also help emphasize the Scout habit of helpfulness
into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Youth and adults must meet the camping requirements and be elected by
their peers to be elegible for membership. Typically when our Lodge
meets it is for a service to others, usually to our council camps.
I hope this helps clarify what OA is and it's aims.
SM Troop 201
I used to be an Owl but,
I will always be an Eagle!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City