OA Basics

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's National Honor Society.
Purpose The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is fourfold:

  1. To recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives
  2. To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit
  3. To promote Scout camping
  4. To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others

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.

In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the national camping program of the Boy Scouts of America. Click :!: here to find out more.


Welcome to the Jumpstart for New Arrowmen area of the national OA web site. We’re glad you’re here. You’ll need the password to enter this site, because the content on the following pages is for those Scouts who have been inducted into the Order of the Arrow. :!: Jumpstart for New Arrowmen

OA Jamboree Information Site Launched

Many of you have been anxiously awaiting information about the Order of the Arrow's involvement at the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree. We have good news! Information about OA Staff positions is now available on the :!: Event site .

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