About the Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America and bestows recognition on Scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting. The society was created by E. Urner Goodman, with the assistance of Carroll A. Edson, in 1915 as a means of reinforcing the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. The goal was to establish these as lifelong guidelines, and to encourage continued participation in Scouting and camping.
The OA is a program of Scouts BSA; youth members are elected only from Scouts BSA troops and Varsity Scout teams. To be eligible for election, a Scout must be at least First Class rank, have fulfilled specified camping requirements, have the approval of their Scoutmaster or Varsity Coach and must be elected by the youth members of the troop or team.
The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.
As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose 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.
While there are three levels of membership (called “honors”) in the Order of the Arrow, all members—regardless of honor—are considered equal.
The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts 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.
After 6 months of service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order.
After two years of exceptional service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the national Order of the Arrow committee, a Scout or Scouter may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for their distinguished contributions to their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their Scout camp. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.
Scouting 141 Vigil Members
|1968||Stephan Roskos||Aptonen Luppoe||To Speak Wisely|
|1977||Jim Eckberg||Beaver Who Holds Council|
|1990||Jerry Oss||Kitshiwi Woachejekumuit||Truly He Who Is The Light|
|1991||Mike Tyrrel||Klamachpin Sachgagunummen||Quiet Leader|
|1991||Dick Tyrrel||Lenno Untschi Macheli Kschikan||Man of Many Knives|
|1993||Mark Eggert||Nuwingi Gischileu||Willing One Who Has Proven True|
|1993||George Person||Nekama Ahoaltuwamallsin Bischuwi||He Who Loves the Wilderness|
|1993||Kevin Wilson||Gettemagelensit Sachgagunummen||One that is Humble in Leading|
|1999||Steve Stobbs||Klamhattenamin||Calm-Minded One|
|2002||Dave Bronson||Guttgennemen Witahmui||He Who Gives Back Service|
|2003||Paul Anderson||Gunaquot Sakima||Tall Chief|
|2004||Nick Shaw||Nihillatchi Ksinachpin||Free One Who Is at Leisure|
|2005||Tim Anderson||Wowoatum Gendatehundin||Skillful Carpenter|
|2005||Joyce Wilson||Woapalanne Kichkinet||Eagle Guide|
|2007||Darle Blade||Segauschsin Takachsin||Lifetime Leader|
|2012||Tylor Dobey||Wulamallessohauwed||He Who Makes One Happy|
|2013||Roger Hagerman||Wischixin Takachsin||Active Leader|