The Order of the Arrow: 'Scouting’s National Honor Society'

For more than 90 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, 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 and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.

The Order of the Arrow youth membership requirements are:
  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least six consecutive days and five nights camping. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
  • Be under the age of 21, hold the BSA First Class rank or higher, and elected by the youth members of Troop 71.
  • Complete induction ceremony, called the Ordeal - the first step toward full membership in the Order.
  • The Ordeal must be completed within the year of being elected. This can be accomplished at the OA weekend at Schiff Scout Camp either in the Spring or Fall. The OA Ordeal can also be accomplished at Onteora Summer Camp.  Click here for the Theodore Roosevelt website where you can search for the next Ordeal opportunity.