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.
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). Arrowmen 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.