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 was recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor campers and became an official part of the national camping program of the Boy Scouts of America. Today, the OA is recognized as Scouting's National Honor Society
322 has a long tradition of membership in the Order of the Arrow. Currently active in our Troop we have 3 scouts who are Arrowmen. Of these, 2 scouts have obtained the Ordeal Honor and 1 has sealed the bond and obtained Brotherhood Honor. As well as our Arrowmen scouts we have 6 members of the active adult leadership who are OA members. One has obtained the Ordeal Honor, 1 has obtained Brotherhood, and 4 adults have obtained Vigil Honor, the highest honor bestowed upon an Arrowman.
Purpose of the Order
To recognize those campers - Scouts and Scouters - who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, and by such recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such manner as to warrant recognition.
To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.
To promote Scout camping, which reaches its greatest effectiveness as part of the unit's camping program, both year round and in the summer camp, as directed by the camping committee of the council.
To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Mission of the Lodge
The mission of the lodge is to achive the purposes of the Order of the Arrow as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America in the council through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.