Mission & Purpose
For over 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) 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.
The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.
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.
The Nischa Achowalogen Lodge, Order of the Arrow is a part of the Golden Spread Council.
- To learn more about the Order of the Arrow, please follow the links on the left sidebar to the National, Southern Region, and Section OA websites.
Attention all Scouts BSA, Ship, and Crew Unit Leaders……………Updated 1/13/2021
Order of The Arrow – Updated Membership Requirements for Youth and Adults
The National Order of The Arrow is relaxing the long term camping requirement – see below:
- Be First Class Rank
- Complete 15 nights of overnight camping:
National has relaxed the long term camping requirement – Within 2 years prior to election, complete 15 nights composed of short term in-person AND OR virtual camping.
Only 5 virtual camping nights per month are to be counted towards the camping requirement. A virtual camp out is to be approved by the Unit leader, organized communication should take place during the campout and follow all YPT and digital safety guidelines. The unit leader is to follow-up after the virtual camp out, review progress and discuss how it can be done better. During the follow-up the unit leader can determine if the virtual experience can count towards OA membership.
3. Be recommended by your Unit Leader.
- Be approved and recommended by Unit Committee
- Complete 15 nights of overnight camping: (Same as for youth membership – see above)
- Complete the Adult nomination form for membership, and be approved by the Lodge Adult Selection Committee and Scout Executive.
An additional bulletin is being sent out regarding 2021 unit election process in the very near future.
OA Election Information- Updated 1/19/2021