The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's national honor society. Our membership fulfills the Order's purpose of recognizing those who exemplify Scouting's values, promoting responsible outdoor adventure, developing young leaders, and crystallizing the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Established in 1915, the OA emphasizes service to the unit. In this way, Arrowmen give back to their troops with the leadership skills and values of service learned through the Order. The Order's program complements the troop's, providing valuable leadership training programs, world-class high adventure opportunities, and exciting national conferences. Members of the Order of the Arrow are chosen through an election process at a troop meeting. Below are some important resources for Scoutmasters. Use them to make the OA a part of your annual troop program.
- Get the Lodge Calendar
- Appoint an OA Troop Representative
- Appoint an OA Troop Representative Adviser
- Register the members in your troop with the lodge
- Request a Unit Election/Camp Promotion
- Read the Lodge Newsletter
- Contact our Lodge Leadership
- Unit of Excellence Award Information
The Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence Award seeks to identify those units, and the leaders within them, who excel at incorporating the OA into their annual planning. This award is intended to provide a tool for lodges to recognize, incentivize, and operationalize unit-level participation in Order of the Arrow programs.
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