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Publications


The Order of the Arrow has several publications available to help Arrowmen in carrying out the OA program. Some publications are only available through your local lodge or council; contact your lodge adviser or staff adviser if you need a copy. Most publications are available online below. They are revised regularly, so be sure to get the current edition.

Policy Updates

The Order of the Arrow continues to adapt policies and guidelines when necessary. Updates to policies, procedures, and guidelines released after the release of any of the below publications can be found at oa-bsa.org/news/policy-updates.

Table of Contents


Handbook and Ceremonies

Order of the Arrow Handbook

This is the main handbook for OA members. It includes basic information all members should know and reflects current policies. The handbook is available from the BSA National Supply Division (#655641, 2019 revision) and must be ordered through your local council.

Order of the Arrow Ceremonies

Find and download the current ceremony texts.

How to Download Ceremonies


Guides

Guide for Officers and Advisers

All lodge and chapter officers and advisers should have a copy of this book. It reflects the current policies concerning the organization and administration of the Order of the Arrow Lodge. Topics covered include lodge organization and program, communications, camping promotion, service, membership requirements, unit elections, OA structure, awards, and more.

Download (2021 Revision)

Guide to Inductions

This guide brings together all aspects of the induction process and provides a suggested structure for the inductions committee to follow. It provides the current policies and is filled with information about the inductions process from the unit election, to Call-Out, through the Ordeal, and on to Brotherhood. This revision includes updates to the unit elections section, and the addition of several new unit-election resources, plus small revisions and updates throughout the document.

How to Download (2019 Revision)

Field Operations Guide

This guide provides details on OA national and regional organization, section rules, section Conclave guidelines, and section training.

Download (2021 Revision)

Chapter Operations Guide

Filled with helpful tools, resources, and much more! The Chapter Operations Guide will help your chapter reach its full potential and deliver a quality program to your members. All chapter officers and advisers should have a copy.

Download (2012 Revision)

Guide for Staff Advisers

This guide provides information on the Order of the Arrow for professional Scouters.

Download (2019 Revision)

Guide to Unit Elections

This guide provides information on Order of the Arrow unit elections to both members and non-members. It can be distributed to unit leaders and others who want to know the policies regarding unit elections and how unit elections are conducted.

View Guide

Communications Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources and best practices for lodges and sections to use when communicating with their membership. Topics include event promotion, social media, branding and graphic design, website administration, email use, and leveraging local media and press organizations.

View Toolkit Online

Online Engagement Toolkit

This guide provides information and resources on the Order of the Arrow for lodges to utilize when engaging online.

Download (2020 Revision)

Conclave 2.0 Guidebook

This guidebook is designed to support sections in creating an innovative, unique, and fun conclave for Arrowmen.

View Guidebook

Lodge Finance Manual

The Lodge Finance Manual provides ideas and guidelines for budget building and control, the jobs of lodge members related to lodge finances, financial record keeping, inventory control, financial reports, and money-earning projects.

Download (2019 Revision)


Supporting Material

Journey to Excellence Guide

Journey to Excellence has been replaced by the Performance Measurement Program.

Lodge History Resource Guide

This guide provides insights and best practices from Scouting historians and contains guidance for tactile and ideological approaches so that you are able to not only do history well, but also, in time, to be able to think like a historian.

Download (May 2018 Revision)

Summit Circle Lodge Rocks

As part of the preparations for the Order of the Arrow's centennial celebration, each lodge was asked to provide an engraved rock to be incorporated into the design of the new Summit Circle, the Order’s national ceremonial grounds at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. This document contains a list of all the lodge rocks and their location, along with pictures of the columns and the Overlook.

Download List

The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service: A History of the Order of the Arrow

This book is an enlightening history of the Order of the Arrow. Since its initial printing, it has been nationally recognized as the authoritative source for Order of the Arrow historical facts. Written by Kenneth P. Davis, Ph.D., a member of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, this publication consists of twelve chapters that each focus on a specific phase of Order of the Arrow history, or an aspect of its operations.

Available from the OA Trading Post (Third Edition)

A Thing of the Spirit, The Life of E. Urner Goodman

E. Urner Goodman, the founder of the Order of the Arrow; was a trend setting Scouter in the the early days of the movement. This biography of the founder, written by Nelson R. Block, is an excellent source of information on the life of Dr. Goodman, and preserves oral history about Dr. Goodman that might have otherwise been lost.

Available from the OA Trading Post


National Bulletin

The National Bulletin is the official national publication of the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America.

View Past Editions


Operations Updates

Operations Updates are published as needed to update key leaders on changes in the OA program.

View Past Updates


Business Plan

View the Order of the Arrow's business plan for 2017-2020 on the Business Plan page.


OA Branding Resources

The OA Branding and Style Guide, along with branded PowerPoint and Keynote presentation templates, can be found on the OA Branding Resources page.


Order of the Arrow High Adventure Yearbooks

Beginning with the 2018 edition, the OA High Adventure (OAHA) Foreman Alumni Association publishes a yearbook to highlight the successes of OAHA programs, stories from the summer, alumni accomplishments, and best practices to promote the program.