Order of the Arrow

What is the Order of the Arrow (OA)?

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society within the Boy Scouts of America. For more than 90 years, the Order of the Arrow has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. OA 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. There are more than 176,000 members located in lodges affiliated with approximately 327 BSA local councils. Members may be identified by their white sash with a red arrow emblem which is worn over the right shoulder at Order of the Arrow functions. Click here for more information: National Order of the Arrow website.

How does a Scout become an Arrowman?

Scouts are elected to the Order by their fellow Scouts in their own unit, following approval by their Scoutmaster. Elections are usually scheduled with the units annually. To become a member, a youth must:

  • Be a registered member of a Boy Scout Troop
  • Hold First Class rank or higher
  • Have experienced fifteen days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The fifteen days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.

The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership and is usually held in the spring and again in the fall in the Denver Area Council. During the Ordeal, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and are required to sleep alone, apart from other campers. This entire experience is designed to teach significant values. All candidates for membership must complete the Ordeal. To alleviate lingering concerns in some quarters regarding the ceremonial aspects of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts of America has officially stated:

The induction is not a hazing or an initiation ceremony. The Order of the Arrow is not a secret Scout organization, and its ceremonies are open to any parent, Scout leader, or religious leader. There is an element of mystery in the ceremonies for the sake of its effect on the candidates. For this reason, ceremonies are not put on in public. The ceremonies are not objectionable to any religious group.”

Jumpstart Training for new Arrowmen is available at the National Order of the Arrow website.

Brotherhood Membership

After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order. If you are interested in getting ‘racing stripes’ on your sash, please talk to Mr. Siefkes, Mr. Dorcas, Vincent V. or Cody R.

Vigil Honor

After two years of exceptional service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the national Order of the Arrow committee, a Scout or Scouter may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for their distinguished contributions to their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their Scout camp. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.

What’s a CONY?

The Cony is actually the American Pika (aka Little Chief Hare). It has a small, round, egg-shaped body, which is covered with brown fur. They have large and round ears, and no visible tail. Their body length is 6-8 inches. They range throughout the mountains of western North America, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California and New Mexico. The Cony is diurnal, or active throughout the day. They devote most of the day to searching for food, guarding their territory, and watching for predators, which include eagles, hawks, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, and weasels. As pikas are vocal, they can use both calls and songs to communicate among themselves. A call is used to warn when a predator is lurking near, and a song is during the breeding season (males only), and during autumn (both males and females). (source: Wikipedia)

Kodiak is the Order of the Arrow Chapter for Scouts in Gateway District.

Alex W. is the OA Representative for Troop 21. If you have any questions, please email him at troop21oa.rep@gmail.com or find him at a troop meeting.

Tahosa OA 2014 Calender
Troop 21 Order of the Arrow site
Tahosa Lodge #383
National BSA Order of the Arrow site
For new Arrowmen The password is in your OA Handbook.
Tahosa Lodge 383, Denver, CO
OA Western Region
OA High Adventure
OA Troop/Team Representatives Website
National OA Trading Post