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.
- Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts.
- At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, and hold one of the following ranks corresponding to the type unit in which they are being considered for election: Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Adviser or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
- Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.
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.