Dear Scouters and families,
The past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Order of the Arrow Section Conclave at the Cache Valley Fairgrounds in Logan. What a great opportunity to see Scouting on display. For those of you who are not very aware of the OA and their purpose in the Boy Scouts of America, here is a little background.
HISTORY AND MORE
The Order of the Arrow, or “OA,” is a service organization and the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Members are elected from within their units and recognized as those who best live the ideals of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. Under the guidance of selected capable adults, OA members under 21 provide leadership to the organization. The OA has enjoyed a long history of service. Founded in 1915 by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson, the OA emphasizes servant-leadership nationwide in nearly 285 Boy Scout councils. In addition to local community service, the OA provides service on a national level, too. In 2008, for example, the Order of the Arrow improved five national parks during an event called “ArrowCorps5.” In 2013, the OA coordinated days of service at the National Scout Jamboree, resulting in significant service to the Mount Hope, West Virginia area.
THE MISSION AND PURPOSE OF THE ORDER OF THE ARROW
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.
At the Conclave I had the opportunity to watch our Council Ceremony Team participate in a competition. The team was made of four great young men, dedicated to both the Order of the Arrow and the Boy Scouts of America. They did a great a great job and came in first place among all the participating councils. Congratulations to Adam, Kyle, Bryan, and Zach!
If your son is interested in becoming a member of the OA or if you just need additional information, please contract our Council Lodge Staff Advisor, Josh Haacke. His e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Josh is happy to help.
Scouting is alive and well in the Trapper Trails Council. The Order of the Arrow is just one example of a group driven to provide a quality program experience to every Scout and Scouter. Thanks for your support of the Trapper Trails Council and I look forward to seeing you along the Scouting trail.
Allen Endicott – Scout Executive