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"The Order is a thing of the spirit rather than of mechanics. Organization, Operational Procedures, and all that go with them are necessary in any large and growing movement, but they are not what count in the end. The things of the spirit are what count."
- E. Urner Goodman, Co-founder of the Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow
Scouting’s National Honor Society

For more than 90 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.


The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.


As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:

  • Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
  • Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
  • Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
  • Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.


The mission of the lodge is to achieve the purpose of the Order of the Arrow as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America in the council through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.


The Order of the Arrow was founded upon the principles of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. These principles form the foundation for the Obligation of the Order. This is not an easy pledge to fulfill, for there are few who live a life of cheerful service in our world. For some, the Order will be like a supernova, shining brilliantly for a brief time and soon crumbling to ashes. For others, the Order will kindle a flame of brotherhood, brighter than a thousand suns, lasting throughout eternity.


The OA has more than 170,000 active members located in lodges affiliated with over 295 BSA local councils.

The Longhouse Messenger > - The Lodge's quarterly Newsletter - 2014 Vol. 1


Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee, Lodge #159
Banquet & Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Bowmansville Fire Hall
36 Main St. (off Genesee St.)
Bowmansville, NY

This event is open to ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF OUR OA Members
and anybody interested in the Order of the Arrow.
Please Reserve Early!

Please encourage Brothers in your unit to attend

Early Bird Special: $17.50/person by Feb/ 27
Feb. 28-March 6:  $20.00/person
After March 6 & Walk-in:  $25.00/person

Registration Form > Online Registration >

Lodge By-Law Changes

The proposed by-laws changes from the Chief that were discussed, accepted and tabled at the February Lodge Executive Committee meeeting. These will be voted on at the Lodge Banquet and Annual Meeting on March 8, 2015.
Lodge By-Law Changes (PDF)

NOAC 2015

NOAC 2015 is getting closer
And We are going!!!!!

When: August 3rd – 8th Where: Michigan State University, Lansing Michigan. Lodge Chief Noah Gould has challenged us to be over 100 strong at the 100th Anniversary of The Order of the Arrow. Space is limited and will go fast. Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee Lodge is accepting $100 dollar deposits for our trip to the 2015 National Order Of The Arrow Conference and the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. Join us for this once in a lifetime trip and you can be the proud owner of the Red Sash with the White Arrow for NOAC attendees. For more information check out the NOAC 2015 info page at http://bit.ly/NOAC2015-159. Final cost to be determined by transportation, meals and Lodge contingent items.

The next contingent meeting has been scheduled for Thursday March 5th at 7:30 pm at the Council Service Center.

All Registration are Closed.
To make payments if you are going, please click here

An open letter to the brothers & sisters of Lodge 159 >

Artist Rendering of Lean-To >
Fund raising Renderings >
Site Map of Project >

Donate to this fundraiser >

Photographs of the site & construction of Ganosote Lean-to.

Photographs of the construction of Tuscarora Lean-to.


Lodge 159 Official Website >

2009-2010 Where To Go Camping Guide >

Upcoming OA Events



Greater Niagara Frontier Council #380, Boy Scouts of America, 2860 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225
Service Center Hours:  Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Phone (716) 891-4073 - Fax (716) 891-4008
Scout Shop Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Tuesday 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM;
Every Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Phone (716) 891-1689 - Fax (716) 891-1910