Congratulations on your son’s membership in the Order of the Arrow, or “OA,” the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. The Order’s first purpose is to recognize those, like your son, who are chosen by his peers as one who exemplifies the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. Through that recognition, the Order causes others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition. The OA has enjoyed a long history of service. Founded in 1915 by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson, the OA emphasizes servant-leadership in troops, at the council or lodge level, and nationally. Exciting opportunities for service and leadership await your son in whatever manner he chooses to involve himself. Your son now has the opportunity to take part in all Order of the Arrow activities, Order of the Arrow High Adventure, local leadership roles, and opportunities for community service. Have you son contact your local lodge and explore this website for more information on how to get involved.
Learn about the requirements to become an Arrowman, the induction process, and the levels of memberships within the Order.
The National OA Endowment was formed more than 30 years ago as means for the Order to fund scholarships and special programs. The national Order of the Arrow committee oversees the annual program budget which is funded using the earnings from the national OA endowment.
Official web sites with information of interest to Arrowmen.
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.