Order of the Arrow
What is the Order of the Arrow (OA)?
For over 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.
The Order of the Arrow has more than 160,000 active members located in lodges affiliated with over 270 BSA local councils. As of August 2018, there is now an OA lodge in every council across the United States. Unit elections are permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout units. The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows:
1) Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
2) Have experienced 15 nights of Scout 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.
3) 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 rank, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit.
4) Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee.
Our council’s OA Lodge is Lowaneu Allanque Lodge, one of the best in the country. You can learn more about their activities by visiting their website, www.oa41.org.
Congratulations to our most recent elected Scouts! To the elected Scouts and their families, please take note of the upcoming Troop 75 Lowaneu Allanque Lodge OA Schedule:
- Brotherhood Bash: March 11, 2023
- Spring Fellowship: June 2-4, 2023
- Conclave: April 21-23, 2023
- Fall Fellowship: September 8-10, 2023
- Brotherhood Bash: August 19, 2023
Troop 75 elections (Chippewa Chapter) typically take place in late winter/early spring. Please reach out to ASM Steve Stribley to learn more.
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