The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in1934. In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA’s National Brotherhood of Honor Campers, and became an official part of the national camping program of the Boy Scouts of America. The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is four fold:
1.To recognize those Scouts & Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.
2.To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.
3.To promote Scout camping.
4.To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
New Candidate Forms (Forms/Resources Page):
1. The Induction
The Induction weekend is the first step toward full membership in the Order of the Arrow. During the Induction, candidates perform significant amounts of community service while attempting certain challenges designed to prompt personal growth.
As an accommodation for COVID-19, candidates can perform their IWs while at home. Emails will be sent out with more details in the weeks leading up to induction weekends.
2. What to bring
The Induction is a weekend of service and fellowship. You should only bring:
3. Induction Reservation Form
Please be sure to send in the reservation forms and a copy of your current medical form. Use the candidate form, not the member form, so that we can ensure that the needed resources are available for you. The Candidate Induction Registration form and the Medical forms can also be found on the Forms page.
4. Induction Handouts
If you have lost the Handouts, they are available on our forms page. The Candidate Booklet contains protected material. If you have misplaced your booklet, please contact your village officer in the contact section.