oalogoOrder of the Arrow ("OA") is Scouting's
National Honor Society

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, 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.

OA Local Tutelo Lodge: 161  www.tutelo161.orgtutelo161
Troop 145 OA Scout Representative:  Bobby Burleson

Latest News:  Congratulations to these newest OA Arrowmen tapped out at the Summer Camp!

ALSO - there is a new OA Facebook page! 

Who is eligible?

  • Youth must hold the BSA First Class rank or higher,
    • have experienced 15 days/nights of camping during the two-year period prior to election; only one long-term (i.e. 6-days/5-nights resident camp;  all camping approved and under the auspices and standards of BSA  AND
    • approved by the Scoutmaster AND 
    • be elected by the youth members of their troop
  • Registered BSA Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to the troop adult selection committee.
  • Acceptance is made during a "Call Out" Ceremony at Summer Camp Closing Campfire.
  • For more information: http://www.oa-bsa.org/misc/basics/

What is an Ordeal?

The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small OrderoftheArrowsashesamounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and sleep apart from other campers. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values.  All candidates for membership must complete the Ordeal. Inducted members are called Arrowmen or Brothers. Members wear identifying insignia on their uniforms, most notably the OA pocket flap (representing their individual lodge) and the OA sash (worn at official OA functions) and are eligible for special OA awards.