Order of the Arrow
For more than 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.
The Transatlantic Council is home to the Black Eagle Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.
Pay your 2021 Order of the Arrow dues here!
The Order of the Arrow was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934. In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA’s national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the Boy Scouts of America. In 1998, the Order of the Arrow became recognized as Scouting’s National Honor Society when it expanded its reach beyond camping to include broader service to Scouting and the community.
ORDER OF THE ARROW ORDEAL and BROTHERHOOD CEREMONIES in the COVID ERA
With COVID hindering many of our programs, people who were elected into the Order of the Arrow in 2020 will have up to two years to seal their brotherhood in the Order of the Arrow. The National Order of the Arrow Committee, after months of collaborative work with ceremonialists and lodge leadership representatives, are permitting Lodges to hold Virtual Ordeals. While an in-person Ordeal weekend if prefered by everyone, Virtual Ordeals also allow our far flung members to particpate in Lodge events. The Black Eagle Lodge will be hosting a Virtual Ordeal at the end of Janaury 2021 for the members of the Desert Eagle Chapter. Registration is now closed.
Order of the Arrow Policy Updates
Ceremonial Regalia Usage
Beginning January 1, 2019, lodges and chapters that are asked to conduct Arrow of Light or crossover ceremonies for Cub Scout packs will only be permitted to conduct them using the new, approved official ceremonies, which can be found in the OA Inductions Portal. (See below)
These ceremonies are to be conducted in a Scout uniform. Participants are no longer permitted to dress in American Indian regalia.
The Order of the Arrow is led by youth leadership. The lodge and chapters each have a youth who serves as Chief, as well as Vice Chiefs.
The Black Eagle Lodge Leadership:
OA 2020 Election Form
Click the link below to access the OA 2020 Election Packet. This packet contains nearly everything an election team could need to conduct an election.
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