Order of the Arrow

related topics
{day, year, event}
{water, park, boat}
{work, book, publish}
{group, member, jewish}
{specie, animal, plant}
{service, military, aircraft}
{school, student, university}
{build, building, house}

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting. The society was created by E. Urner Goodman, with the assistance of Carroll A. Edson, in 1915 as a means of reinforcing the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. The goal was to establish these as lifelong guidelines, and to encourage continued participation in Scouting and camping. Influenced in part by camp traditions, and Indian folklore, the OA uses "safeguarded" symbols, handshakes, and ceremonies to impart a sense of community.

Inducted members, known as Arrowmen or Brothers, number more than 180,000 youth and adults. They are organized into local youth-led lodges that harbor fellowship, promote camping, and render service to Boy Scout councils and their communities. Members wear identifying insignia on their uniforms, most notably the OA sash, and are eligible for special OA awards. The OA program sponsors several events, awards, and training functions.

Contents

History

Founding and development of the society

Full article ▸

related documents
Pi Day
Timeline
NYC Midsummer
Japanese Cultural Festival
Lammas
Universe Championships
Carolina shag
Hamel's Amusement Park
World AIDS Day
March
Futurama (New York World's Fair)
Remembrance of the Dead
Gay square dance
Buckingham Fountain
August
November
2012
Newcastle, County Down
SEAMEO Mathematics Olympiad
Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Season of the Inundation
Martin Strel
Esbat
German Unity Day
Lyke Wake Walk
Waalwijk
Saeculum
Zamenhof Day
Heysen Trail
State fair