The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. For 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, developing leaders, 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, support, and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.
The Order of the Arrow (OA) 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.
The national Order of the Arrow is organized into four geographical regions. Ut-In Sélica Lodge is located in the Western Region. The Western Region is divided into sections. Ut-In Sélica Lodge is located in Western Region Section 3 North (W3N). W3N has five lodges.
Order of the Arrow members are able to participate in exclusive lodge, section, regional and national events and special high adventure treks. The OA has something for everyone. For more information, contact your chapter.
The purpose of the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society, 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.
History of the Lodge
Oo Yum Buli Lodge 468
A committee of three Arrowmen, Frank Harris, Gil Talmadge, and Arthur Meyer, who resided within the boundaries of the Mt. Diablo Council, but who had originally been inducted into older Lodges, organized the Lodge. Having received approval to form a new Lodge, the three founders, along with 37 candidates, met at San Francisco’s Camp Lilienthal on the weekend of January 9th and 10th, 1952, where Royaneh Lodge conducted the installation ceremony. The Lodge totem was the Golden Eagle. Each of Buli’s patches had this totem as well as four colored rays, representing the four villages. Oo Yum Buli used the Costanoan language for all of its Vigil Honor names and other Lodge terms. Oo Yum Buli means “Spirit Peak,” a synonym for Mount Diablo. The local Native Americans called the mountain PUY, which means “Evil Spirits”, or KAH WOO KOOM, or “Laughing Mountain.” Oo Yum Buli was honored with many awards, receiving the “Most Indian Award” four times in 1969, 1972, 1976, and 1984. The Section Conclave Award was received in 1983. At the 1986 NOAC, Buli’s Ceremonies Team received top awards, and at the 1988 NOAC, Buli received first place for their Brotherhood Ceremony. That year they also received top honors for the four principals.
In 1994, Oo Yum Buli Lodge #468 merged with Swegedaigea Lodge #263 to form the New Lodge Ut-In Sélica Lodge #58. The new Lodge’s name means “Twin Spirits” in the Costanoan language, and the new Lodge flap echoes that by including images of the former Lodge totems, the Golden Eagle and the Golden Hawk. The new Lodge chose the California Grizzly Bear as its new totem, and it also appears on the Lodge flap.
Swegedaigea Lodge 263
The Lodge was chartered in Silverado Area Council in June of 1944. The first totem was the Eagle, but that was soon changed to the Golden Hawk. Swegedaigea was active in area 12B and moved to Area 12C in 1955. Swegedaigea hosted its first Conclave in 1960 with 400 Arrowmen at Mare Island. Swegedaigea was moved back to Area 12B, then to Section W3C, and finally found a home in
Section W3A. With its three chapters, Swegedaigea hosted another Conclave at Mare Island in 1981 with 425 Arrowmen participating. In 1986, the Western Region awarded Swegedaigea with the Most Brotherhood Achievement Award. In the spirit of the 75th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, Swegedaigea began an aggressive camp promotion program. Swegedaigea was committed to showing its pride in its 46 years of tradition.
In keeping with the adoption of the Costanoan language, Ut-In Sélica now refers to each chapter as an Apanuc which means “Village”. The 9 Apanucs are Lu-Pain, Wek-Wek, Ole-li-li, Iowac, Sem-Yeto, Tú Je Sa-Sa, Moluk, Ajapeu, and Swegedaigea. With three council camps to maintain, there are plenty of opportunities for Ut-In Sélica Arrowmen to demonstrate cheerful service. The Lodge runs a controlled twenty-mile hike on the Fagés II Trail once a year. After years and years of trying, the Ut-In Sélica Lodge finally was recognized, for the first time in history, as a National Quality Lodge in 2007 and then again in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The historical Lodge number for Ut-In Sélica is #58. Ut-In Sélica is associated with Mt. Diablo Silverado Council #23. The existence of two numbers has been confusing in certain situations in recent years. Consequently, for the purposes of national reporting and registration purposes, only the council number (#23) is to be used. Such reporting and registration may take place at events such as the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) and at conclaves. This directive was issued by the National Order of the Arrow Committee in December 2003.
Lodge numbers have been assigned to each and every OA Lodge established the order started back in 1915. Numbers have generally been issued in the order that Lodges were formed, so that the OA Lodges with the lowest numbers are typically the oldest. In recent years, Lodges were given options to select numbers other than the next succeeding number. In cases where Lodges have opted to select lower numbers, the historical significance of the Lodge numbers has been diminished.
Although only council numbers are now to be used for many reporting and registration purposes, Lodge numbers are not being taken away. This is discussed more fully in national OA Operations Update 04-9, dated September 2004 (and available on the national OA web site). Many Lodges continue to use their Lodge numbers for numerous purposes, such as displaying them on their insignia (e.g., pocket flaps). Some Scouts and Scouters who collected OA memorabilia do so from a historical standpoint, and therefore order their collections based on Lodge numbers.
Since we have recently undergone the change noted above, there are different ways to identify our OA Lodge. You may see affiliations with your OA Lodge shown as: Ut-In Sélica, Mt. Diablo Silverado Council #23 (as required for national reporting and registration); as Ut-In Sélica Lodge #58 (like on the standard issue pocket flap); or even just with the Lodge name and #23 (council number).
Legend of the Lenni Lenape
Years ago, in the dim ages, in the valley of the Delaware, lived a peaceful tribe of Indians – Lenni Lenape their name was. Deer and bear, wildcat and panther, through the forest oft they hunted. On the bosom of the river, peacefully they fished and paddled. Round their busy village wigwams still the chase they nimbly followed. In this state of bliss so happy many moons they lived contented, springtime blossomed into summer, summer into autumn ripened, autumn died on winter’s bosom. Thus the seasons in succession never ending seemed to pass on.
But, behold, a cloud arising changed how soon this peaceful aspect. Neighboring tribes, and distant enemies, suddenly disturbed their hunting. Then Chingachgook, aged chieftain of the tribe, make quick inquiry: “Who will go and carry warning of this dire and dreadful danger to all Delaware’s, our brothers?” But none wished to make the journey.
Then spoke up the noble Uncas, worthy son of the old chieftain, “O my father, I am ready; send me on this gracious errand. If we would remain a nation, we must stand by one another. Let us both urge on our kindred, firm devotion to our brethren and our cause. Ourselves forgetting, let us catch the higher vision. Let us find the greater beauty in the life of cheerful service.”
Off upon the trail they started, Old Chingachgook and young Uncas; and in every tribal village some were found who were quite willing to spend themselves in others’ service. When at last the fierce marauders were forced back to their own country and peace was declared between them, they who first themselves had offered for the service of their Brethren, to the places most respected by the chieftain were promoted: for, said he, who serves his fellow is, of all his fellows, greatest! As a seed dropped by the sower on good soil bears quick fulfillment: so this saying of their chieftain in their hearts found glad acceptance and they asked that in some manner he should make its memory lasting.
So together fast and firmly Chief Chingachgook bound these warriors in a great and honored Order, into which can be admitted only those who their own interests can forget in serving others. And so firm must be their purpose so to live, that their companions, taking note of their devotion, shall propose them to the Order. We, therefore, to them succeeding to the present day perpetuate the names and token of this Brotherhood of Cheerful Service called by Delaware’s: Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui!
…Meteu, Ordeal Ceremony
Order of the Arrow (OA) members are encouraged to attend chapter meetings and to take full advantage of all that the OA has to offer. Ut-In Sélica Lodge has many opportunities for service, leadership development, Native American dancing, drumming, and ceremonies. As a member of the OA, Arrowmen can participate in exclusive lodge events (e.g., Fall Banquet, Fellowship events), regional events (e.g., Section Conclave), and national events (e.g., National Order of the Arrow Conference). Arrowman can even serve a valuable role to his unit and his chapter by serving as OA troop/team representative. This role qualifies as a position of responsibility toward the rank of Eagle Scout. The OA has something for everyone.
The Ut-In Sélica Lodge Banquet is held each November and is an opportunity for Arrowmen to gather for a night of celebration, elect the officers for the next year, share their appreciation for the outgoing officers, recognize the Chapter of the Year, recognize award recipients and celebrate the past year’s accomplishments.
Brotherhood: After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member, and after fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony. The ceremony places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order of the Arrow. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order of the Arrow. Brotherhood is an opportunity for members to evaluate their past service to Scouting (camping and unit involvement) and to their lodge, and to reaffirm their belief in the high purposes of the Order of the Arrow.
Camp Promotion Teams help improve interest in local Scout camps and promote the excitement of camping and adventure. The greatest adventures of a Scout’s life begin at Boy Scout camp. The OA was founded upon camping traditions. One of the purposes of the OA is to 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. Contact your chapter to sign up.
Ceremony Teams are needed to conduct Arrow of Light ceremonies, ordeal ceremonies and brotherhood ceremonies. In addition, ceremony teams have many exciting opportunities to participate in competitions at the lodge, section, and national level events. For more information about ceremonial opportunities, contact your chapter chief or chapter adviser.
Elangomats are vital to the lodge’s induction process. Arrowmen young and old are needed to serve as “Elangomats” or “friends” at inductions to make candidates feel welcome. Serving as an Elangomat is a wonderful leadership experience, as well as an opportunity to make new friends.
OA High Adventure Programs are a unique opportunity for OA youth members to spend two weeks at a high adventure base for a life changing experience. Arrowmen spend part of their time performing service and then take part in a crew-designed adventure. The OA Summit Experience is for those Arrowmen ages 14-17; all other programs are for Arrowmen ages 16-20.
- Northern Tier OA Wilderness Voyage – One of the last untouched wilderness areas lies on our nation’s northern border – the Northern Tier Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base. Participants spend two weeks on the waters of northern Minnesota, performing service the first week, and taking part in a crew-designed voyage the second week.
- OA Canadian Odyssey – Participants build and maintain portage trails and campsites in Quetico Provincial Park and Crown Lands Area.
- Philmont OA Trail Crew – Want an inexpensive, fun way to visit Philmont? Participants spend two weeks in the Philmont back country, performing service the first week, and taking part in a crew-designed trek the second week.
- Florida Sea Base Crew – The OA Ocean Adventure (OAOA) is a unique opportunity to experience the programs at the Florida Sea Base, while providing a new type of service to the Atlantic Ocean. For one week, Arrowmen undergo intensive PADI SCUBA certification. The second week Arrowmen spend their time taking wildlife samples in the Florida Keys, and performing island restoration and other meaningful projects to the surrounding areas.
- OA Summit Experience – Arrowmen perform service and then participate in activities such as white water kayaking and rafting, mountain biking, and climbing.
The Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) meets monthly to facilitate the business matters of Ut-In Selica Lodge. LEC is held from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Council Service Center. All lodge officers and chapter chiefs (or designee) and their advisers are required to attend the LEC; however, all Arrowmen are welcome to attend this important planning and business meeting. Check the calendar for the date of the next LEC meeting.
The Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) is held in February and is a dynamic annual leadership training event to help Arrowmen learn more about the OA and Ut-In Sélica Lodge and how become a better leader. Youth and adult training classes include leadership development, event planning, goal setting, and other tools needed to improve chapters. All Arrowmen are invited to attend.
National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will be held August 2018 at Indiana University. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun! During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference, which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, and evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.
Section Conclave is an annual event where five lodges from Western Region Section 3N (W3N) get together for fellowship, competitions, and lots of fun, while celebrating the traditions of the Order of the Arrow. Scouts from all over the Northern California have a blast participating in the numerous special events, games, over the top activities, fun, ceremony and dance competitions, awesome shows, LOTS of patch trading and so much more.
The Troop/Team OA Representative is a youth leader in the unit. Troop OA representatives serve as a link between the lodge or chapter and the unit. In the unit, the troop OA representative makes sure that fellow Arrowmen know about upcoming OA events. In addition, the Troop OA Representative takes information back to the chapter and lodge on how the OA can help the unit. The OA troop representative is a very important role to the OA. It allows a youth to serve the lodge and unit at the same time, and fulfill a leadership requirement for advancement towards Eagle Scout.