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Order of the Arrow

WHAT IS THE ORDER OF THE ARROW?

"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.

Mission

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.

Purpose

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.

MISSION OF THE ORDER OF THE ARROW LODGE

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.

PRINCIPLES OF THE ORDER OF THE ARROW

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.

HOW BIG IS THE OA?

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 - 2015 Vol. 1
2015 LODGE DUES NOTICE FORM >
PAY YOUR DUES ONLINE >

LODGE EVENTS

Fall Induction & Service Weekends

Registration deadline is one week before weekend chosen

Camp Stonehaven September 18th – 20th (Falling Waters Chapter – Polaris District) . . Online Registration
Schoellkopf Scout Reservation September 25th – 27th (Onondaga Chapter & District) . . Online Registration
Camp Scouthaven September 25th – 27th (Seneca Chapter – Red Jacket District) . . Online Registration

Cost to members $15.00 for 1 weekend (walk ins $20.00)
Two weekends for $24.00 (Choose Stonehaven and then either Scouthaven or Schoellkopf Scout Reservation

We strongly encourage members to support their chapters and attend the weekend hosted by their chapter if at all possible.

New members attending an induction weekend for the first time to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow MUST pay by mail or in person at the council service center using the registration form that was mailed to their house.
THERE IS NO ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE FOR NEW INDUCTEES.

Brotherhood Conversions are held the same weekends as the Chapter Service Weekend.
We encourage you to attend the whole weekend, but if your time is restricted, you must arrive in camp NO LATER than 3:00 pm on Saturday.
Cost for conversion is $31.00

No payments will be accepted on line or at the scout service center on the day of the event. You must pay at camp and are subject to the late  fee based upon your registration category.  ie: regular members $20, ordeal candidates $42.50

LINKS

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