OA Visitor Center

Welcome to the Visitor and New Member Center

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society. While many organizations have specific commitments for every member, the Order of the Arrow is unique because it offers each Scout a multitude of opportunities to serve, and you can tailor involvement accordingly. An active member is a registered member that is committed to serving his home unit. If you or your son has just been elected into the OA, you should study the Pre-Ordeal page to learn how to Be Prepared for the upcoming event.

Due to it’s induction processes, the Order of the Arrow runs into many questions by members and non-members alike. Below are some common questions asked by both members and non-members.

What is the OA?
How can I become a member of the OA?
Why does the OA keep most of it’s activities secret?
What is a chapter, how is the OA organized?
How do I get involved?
What is a Chapter Chief?
I was an OA member a long time ago and I want to participate again. What do I do?

Why does the OA keep most of it’s induction activities secret?
First of all, the Order of the Arrow is not a secret organization. Rather, we recognize that an aura of mystery not only stimulated interest in the Lodge, but also helps new members feel proud of an accomplishment that is not achieved by every Scout.
Most candidates receive less benefits from the induction if they know about the induction in advance. Knowledge lowers expectancy, dulls the edge of experience. In other words, you hurt candidates by telling them about the “Ordeal.” Parents should feel free to discuss the experiences their children had at the Ordeal, after it’s completion.

The Order of the Arrow is happy share any pertinent information about our activities with legitimately interested individuals. For more information, one should contact the Lo La ‘Qam Geela Lodge Advisor.

What is a chapter and how is the OA organized?
The chapter is the most local form of the Order, generally related to the Boy Scout District. This is where most members of the OA attend meetings. There are also some small functions that Scouts attend within the chapter. The next level up is the Lodge, which is Lo La ‘Qam Geela. Lo La serves the Crater Lake Council. The lodge organizes most of the OA members events including Fellowship and Ordeals. For more information on the OA organization go to the national website: www.oa-bsa-org .

How do I get involved?
Getting involved is easy. There are many positions or committees in which you can serve, events in which you can attend, and ways to have fun. Contact the Lodge Chief at oalodge491@gmail.com.

What is a Chapter Chief?
A Chapter Chief is a lead youth position in the Order of the Arrow. Along with Lodge Chiefs, Section Chiefs, Region Chiefs, and the National Chief, a Chapter Chief is the most localized lead position. Since our organization is led by our youth members, the position is critical for the Order of the Arrow Lodge and Chapter to run smoothly. The Chapter Chief, along with other elected officers, plan and guide our group’s daily and annual operations.

I was an OA member a long time ago and I want to participate again. What do I do?
With a little time for verification with the Lo La ‘Qam Geela Lodge Secretary , Staff Advisor, and your past Lodge you held membership with, you can become an active member. All registering members are required to fill out Lodge Membership Renewal Form to send in along with payment to the lodge secretary. All members must be registered with a unit or at the district/council level within the Crater Lake Council.

What is the Order of the Arrow?
Purpose: The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is fourfold: To recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit. To promote Scout camping. 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.
Membership: The OA has more than 176,000 members located in lodges affiliated with approximately 327 BSA local councils.

Eligibility: To become a member, a youth must be a registered member of a Boy Scout Troop or Varsity Scout Team and hold First Class Rank. The youth must have experienced 15 days and nights of camping during the two years before his election. The 15 days and nights must include six consecutive days (including 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. Scouts are elected to the Order by their fellow unit members, following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity Team Coach.

Induction: The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is conducted at Scout camp and is the first step toward full membership. During the experience, candidates will reflect upon their role in Scouting and contemplate on Scouting’s values.

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 OA. 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.

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.

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.
The regional chief is the youth leader of the region elected by the section chiefs for a term of office specified by the national Order of the Arrow Committee, which coincides with the term of national chief and vice chief. This election is held in conjunction with called meetings of the section chiefs to elect the national chief and vice chief, as well as to plan a national Order of the Arrow event. The national chief and vice chief serve as members of the national Order of the Arrow Committee, representing youth on national OA policy.
The regional Order of the Arrow chairman is an adult appointed by the Regional Director. The professional advisor for the region is a staff member assigned to the position by the Regional Director.

National Chief and Vice Chief: The national chief and vice chief are Arrowmen selected by the section chiefs, who form the national Order of the Arrow conference committee. They serve as members of the national Order of the Arrow Committee, representing the youth on national OA policy. They also serve as the presiding officers for the national OA event. Their term of office is specified by the national committee. They are advised in their responsibilities by the national committee chairman and director of the Order of the Arrow.
National OA Committee Chairman: The national OA committee chairman is appointed by the chairman of the national Boy Scout Committee. The professional advisor is the director of the Order of the Arrow, a member of the national Boy Scout Division Staff.