Re: Order of the Arrow
William J Turner (wjt@IASTATE.EDU)
Mon, 4 Sep 1995 10:43:55 CDT
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>I have a question regarding the Order of the Arrow. How did they develop,
>and what is their criteria for initiation into their ranks?? From what I've
>read about the Order, they seem like a survivalist type organization,
>made up primarily of ex-scouts. Is that an accurate assessment?
OK, the quick and dirty answers...
The Order of the Arrow is an society of honor campers in the Boy Scouts
of America. It is composed of scouts and scouters who live the Scout
Oath and Law in their daily lives. They are not a survivalist type
organization, and every arrowman must also be register in the BSA. If
your BSA registration lapses, so does your membership in OA, regardless
of monies paid to the local lodge.
The purpose of the Order is:
To recognize those campers--Scouts and Scouters--who best
exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and by such
recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such manner as
to warrant recognition.
To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.
To promote Scout camping, which reaches its greatest
effectiveness as a part of the unit's camping program both year-round
and in the summer camp, as directed by the camping committee of the
To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life
purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
The Order was founded in 1915 at Treasure Island Scout Camp in
Pennsylvania by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Caroll A. Edson to recognize
those scouts who best exemplified the Scout Oath and Law in their daily
lives. Through the years, the Order spread, and many more lodges were
formed. In 1922, it became an official program experiment of the BSA,
and in 1948 it was officially integrated into the Scouting movement.
Many councils that had honor camping societies of their own switched to
the Order of the Arrow. For instance, in 1951, the Old Guard, and honor
camping society at Camp Mitigwa in Iowa, became Mitigwa Lodge #450 of
the Order of the Arrow.
Canidates for membership must have reached First Class rank, camped out
15 days and nights in the past two years (6 at a long term camp),
exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, and be selected
by the members of their unit. The selection of adults is a little
different, but similar. (I won't get in to that...) Members are
selected by nonmembers on the basis of not only what they have done, but
what they are expected to do in the future.
Yours in Brotherhood,
Will Turner, Vigil Honor (1991)
Mitigwa Lodge #450, Order of the Arrow, W.W.W.
Weuchsowagan "The greatest mistake you can make
William J Turner, N0RDV in this life is to be continually
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Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City