Order Of The Arrow

Scouting's National Honor Society

Our purpose is to:

  • Recognize those whom 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.

See this and more at the official Order of the Arrow website, here.


The OA has more than 170,000 active members located in lodges affiliated with over 295 BSA local councils, and for over 90 years it has celebrated those in Scouting who truly live according to the Socut Oath and Law.