Order of the Arrow

National Brotherhood of Honor Campers

Purpose
The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is fourfold:

  1. To recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily lives
  2. To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit
  3. To promote Scout camping
  4. To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others

History
The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934.

In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the national camping program of the Boy Scouts of America.

Membership
The OA has more than 176,000 members located in lodges affiliated with approximately 327 BSA local councils.

Eligibility
After registration with a troop, a Scout must have experienced fifteen days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The fifteen days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five 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.

 Ordeal Honor (Induction)
 The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is conducted at Scout camp and is the first step toward full membership.

Brotherhood Membership
 
After 10 months of service 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 OA.

Vigil Honor
 
After two years of service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, a Scout may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for outstanding service to Scouting, his lodge, and the community. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.

Chapters
Each Order of the Arrow chapter is is a sub-unit of a lodge, serving a specific geographic portion of the area served by the lodge. The OA chapter helps the local district provide a quality Scouting program through recognition of Scouting spirit and performance, development of youth leadership and service, promotion of Scout camping and outdoor programs, and enhancement of membership tenure, as an extension of the lodge. The Catawba Lodge consists of 3 Chapters, Sehwatu, Apache, and Etowah.   Our Chapter is the Sehwatu Chapter!

Lodges
Each Order of the Arrow lodge is granted a charter from the National Council, BSA, upon annual application by the local council. The OA lodge helps the local council provide a quality Scouting program through recognition of Scouting spirit and performance, development of youth leadership and service, promotion of Scout camping and outdoor programs, and enhancement of membership tenure. We are members of the Catawba Lodge.

Sections
An Order of the Arrow section consists of lodges within a geographic area of the region. Once every year, representatives of lodges in the section come together for a conclave to share in fellowship, skills, and training. All of the elected section chiefs form the conference committee for a national Order of the Arrow event, which is held under the guidance of the national Order of the Arrow Committee.  We are members of the SR-5 Section.

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Jordon Worboys 2007 Nochnutemliuwet Witawemat 
Colby Torrence  2004 Machkachten Amangachpoques 
Barry Douthitt  2003 Metschitschank 
Marcus Douthitt  2003 Wulelendamuwi Gentgeen 
Scott Branstetter  2002 Klamachpin Wajauwe 
Jeff Worboys  2002 Papesu Achgetketum 
Jason Sorrow  1999 Gochpelolakan Nihillalquonk 
Chirag Lakhani  1997 Lekhiket 
Shane Bustle  1996 Gavin Elgigui Machque Lowanink 
Jonathan Brown  1994 Witscheman 
Vernon Brewer  1994 Wapantpeo Lenno 
Shelby Hepler  1994 Amangieehsin 
Darrell Brown  1994 Achewon 
Max Cooper  1994 Achowelendam 
Buddy Brewer  1993 Wowoatam 
Rajen Lakhani  1991 Alappiechsin 
Ellis Satterwhite  1986 Achgindamen 
Mark Chapman  1985 Amandamuwi 
Mark Menhinick  1983 Mantowagan 
Chip Wampler  1981 Nachgundin 
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