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 Camping Order of the Arrow Tuckahoe Lodge #386

Order of the Arrow

Tuckahoe Lodge #386

Founded in 1948, York-Adams Area Council's Order of the Arrow Lodge is known as Tuckahoe Lodge #386.

History of the Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Scout Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America.  It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the BSA program in 1934.  In 1948, the OA, recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the Boy Scouts of America.

In 1998, the Order of the Arrow was recognized as Scouting's National Honor Society when it expanded its reach beyond camping to include a greater focus on leadership development, membership extension, adventurous programming, and broader service to Scouting and the community.  Today, its service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help extend Scouting to America's youth.

Eligibility

To become a member, a youth must be a registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout and hold the first class rank.  He must have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to election.  The 15 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 BSA.  The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.  Following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach, Scouts are elected to seek membership in the Order by their fellow unit members.  Then, after completing the Ordeal experience, they become members of the Order of the Arrow.

Order of the Arrow Sashes

Ordeal Membership

The induction process, the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the OA.  During this period the member is expected to strengthen his involvement in the unit and encourage Scout camping.

Brotherhood Membership

After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member and after 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 of the Arrow.

Vigil Honor

After two years of service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, a youth or adult Arrowman may be selected to be recognized with the Vigil Honor for outstanding service to Scouting, their lodge, or the Order of the Arrow.  This honor is limited to not more than one Arrowman for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.

Purpose of the Order of the Arrow

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To recognize those campers - Scouts and Scouters - who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and by such recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such a manner to warrant recognition.

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To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.

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To promote Scout camping, which reaches its greatest effectiveness as a part of a unit's camping program, both year-round and in the summer camp, as directed by the camping committee of the council.

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To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

Our Vision for the Order of the Arrow

As Scouting's National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow is an integral part of the council's program.  Our 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.

For nearly ninety years, their peers have honored those Scouts who "best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives" with membership in the Order of the Arrow.  This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well.  We will provide ways and means for members of the Order of the Arrow to do more to assist their units and councils, and help them succeed in doing so.

In support of our vision as Scouting's National Honor Society and an integral part of every council, the Order of the Arrow will further increase its service to Scouting.

Jump Start for New Arrowmen

This past January 1st, as promised, a special area of the national OA web site has been created to assist new members of the Order of the Arrow to learn more about the OA quickly and easily. This introduction to the Order and its programs catches-up any new arrowmen with the OA. Jumpstart's flash presentations and interactivity will help to seal the bond of Brotherhood, helping lodges and Arrowmen throughout the nation. You can visit Jumpstart at http://jumpstart.oa-bsa.org.
 

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