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. 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. For more information on what Order of the Arrow does, what it stands for, and who the youth and adult leaders are, you can visit the National Order of the Arrow website.

How does a Scout become an Arrowman?

Please see our Elections Information page under Membership

How do we schedule an election for a Boy Scout Troop or Venture Crew?

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What are the different levels of membership?

Membership Levels
While there are three levels of membership (called “honors”) in the Order of the Arrow, all members—regardless of honor—are considered equal.

Induction / Ordeal
The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and sleep apart from other campers. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values. All candidates for membership must complete the Ordeal.

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.

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.

There is additional information on each level under the Membership Tab

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