Spring 2016 Edition
As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:
- Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
- Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
- Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
- Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Our Vision for the Order of the Arrow
As Scouting’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow is an integral part of the council’s program. Our service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.
To become a member, a youth must be a registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout and hold the First Class rank or higher. He must have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The youth shall be elected to be a candidate.
Adults (age 21 or older) who are registered in the BSA and meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to the lodge adult selection committee. There is a separate nomination process for adults who would like to become an adult member of the Order of the Arrow. Please see your OA Chapter Adviser for details.