Order of the Arrow
For more than 100 years, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others.
To qualify for membership, Scouts must be registered members of at least the First Class rank and have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping in the last two years, including one (but no more than one) long-term camp of at least five consecutive nights. Scouts must also have their unit leader’s approval.
Candidates are elected by other youth members of OA. The first step toward full membership in the order is called the Ordeal. After 10 months of service as Ordeal members and after fulfilling certain requirements, members may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which signifies full membership.
After two years of exceptional service as a Brotherhood member, a youth or adult Arrowman may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for their distinguished contributions. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one Arrowman for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.