Order of the Arrow

According to Wikipedia, "The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on Scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting. Inducted members, known as Arrowmen or Brothers, number more than 180,000 youth and adults. They are organized into local youth-led lodges that harbor fellowship, promote camping, and render service to Boy Scout councils and their communities. Members wear identifying insignia on their uniforms, most notably the OA sash, and are eligible for special OA awards. The OA program sponsors several events, awards, and training functions."

Each youth member of the Order of the Arrow is elected by all members of his troop during special OA elections either at a troop meeting or at summer camp. Troop 90 normally holds elections in February or March at a troop meeting. Normally those elected are not aware they have been elected until they are recognized at a “Tap Out” ceremony at the following summer camp.

The requirements for youth being considered for election are as follows:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America
  • After registration with a troop have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of 6 consecutive days and 5 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.
  • They must be under the age of 21, hold the BSA First Class rank or higher, and have been approval by the Scoutmaster.

Because the Laurel Highlands Council is so large, and therefore has a large OA Lodge, the Lodge is broken down into Chapters. Our Scouts are a part of the Mohican Chapter of the Allohak Menewi Lodge #57, which consists of Scouts in the Lackawanna (our district) and Japeechen Districts. 

The Lodge does not hold monthly meetings of the entire lodge and expects that the council-wide or lodge-wide activities will provide the opportunities for Arrowmen from all chapters to get together. The monthly meetings will be at the chapter meetings. Those Scouts that have been assigned the position of responsibility of Order of the Arrow Troop Representative are expected to attend these meetings as well as those Scouts that are interested in becoming more active in the Order of the Arrow.  

The Mohican Chapter, which would include all OA members in the Lackawanna and Japeechen Districts, will have monthly meetings on the same evening and location that the adults have their monthly district Roundtable meetings but will alternate between Roundtable sites. One month it will be at the Lackawanna District Roundtable and the next month it will be at the Japeechen District Roundtable. You should check the troop calendar to determine the months that the meetings are held at the Lackawanna Roundtable.

This meeting for the Lackawanna District is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and starts at 7:00 PM and ends around 9:00 PM. The location is in Monroeville at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4503 Old William Penn Highway.

 

Normally there will be at least one adult attending the Roundtable and it would make sense to arrange a ride with the adult(s) attending rather than each Scout going on their own. Normally what should be accomplished at the meetings is to plan for the OA members to support the district camping activities, encourage members to attend and participate in the Lodge-wide activities and work on costumes for those that are interested in the OA ceremonial and dance teams. Each Chapter elects a sub-Chief. Depending on the amount of support of the OA members in the district determines how active and organized the district Chapter is. If we want it to be an active chapter we need to fully support it, since we are one of the largest troops in the district.

As an OA member you should periodically check the websites below to keep abreast of the OA activities:


Order of the Arrow Allohak Menewi Lodge Website


Calendar/Online Registration


OA Forms

 

If you have any questions concerning this please contact Mr. Russell.