The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's national honor society. Its membership fulfills the Order's purpose of recognizing those who exemplify Scouting's values, promoting responsible outdoor adventure, developing young leaders, and crystallizing the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others. Established in 1915, the OA emphasizes service to the unit. In this way, Arrowmen give back to their troops with the leadership skills and values of service learned through the Order. The Order's program complements the troop's, providing valuable leadership training programs, world-class high adventure opportunities, and exciting national conferences.
Members of the Order of the Arrow are chosen through an election process at a troop meeting. OA elections recognize 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. 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. To introduce your unit to the Order of the Arrow, contact our local lodge and arrange for an elections team to visit.
Please see the T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge #502 at tkopekwiskwis.org
The National Order of the Arrow web site is at oa-bsa.org