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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.


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 - 2013 Vol. 2


Falling Waters Meeting Location Change

Due to construction at Gander Mountain, tonight's meeting has been moved to St. Stephen's Church on Grand Island at 7PM. Please go inside the new Church, located near the School, and go to the big activity room to the left that includes a kitchen.

A Storm is Brewing

The Section NE-3A Conclave is coming and we will be ready! May 30-June 1, 2014
Arrowmen from across the region will converge on Camp Scouthaven for a weekend of fun, training, and fellowship;
That’s right we’re the host!!
We desperately need your participation in 1 of 2 ways:

  1. We will need many hands helping to make this event successful. Contact your Chapter or Lodge officers to learn how you can help.
  2. We want a full contingent of our newest members to attend Conclave as participants. Register yourself and encourage at least 1 of your fellow Brothers to join you.

To register, complete the below form and return it WITH A BSA ANNUAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL RECORD to:

Order of the Arrow
Greater Niagara Frontier Council
2860 Genesee St.
Buffalo, NY 14225-3131

There is no online registration. You must fill out the paper forms and submit them to the Council Service Center by the appropriate dates.
Registration Form>  Must be submitted to the Council Service Center by April 2, 2014
Annual Health and Medical Record >
Late Registration Form>  Must be submitted to the Council Service Center by May 1, 2014

Vigil Class of 2013

Vigil Class of 2013

Front Row: Tyler Simkins, Ginny Conway, Dawn Lucas, Travis Militello
Back Row: Michael Lucas, Steve Heeb, Isaac Gadikian, Michael Simkins

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