Getting Started with Order of the Arrow

So, you were elected by your troop, you went through your Ordeal, and you have a shiny new white sash. Congratulations! You are now a full fledged member of Scouting’s National Honor Society, known as the Order of the Arrow (OA).

So now what? Is that all there is to OA? Hardly, completing your Ordeal is only the first step of what can be a long but very rewarding journey.

1) Go Home and Sleep

Let's be honest. You are probably tired. Maybe hungry. Hungry and tired. Go home and get some sleep. 

2) OA JumpStart

After you get some sleep (and food), start out by reviewing the information at the OA JumpStart website:

The JumpStart page will give you a good walk through of what happened during your Ordeal and the meaning behind it. The JumpStart page will also get you started on your next step, preparing for Brotherhood membership.

OA JumpStart

3) Start Planning for Brotherhood Membership

As an Ordeal member, you are a full fledged member of the lodge. You can attend events, take a leadership role, etc.

If you are serious about OA, if you enjoy participating or are looking to get more involved, you should consider sealing your membership by earning your Brotherhood. Earning your Brotherhood not only helps you by learning more about the OA, it also helps the lodge.

Your Order of the Arrow handbook, which you received at the end of your Ordeal contains all of the information you need to know for Brotherhood membership. Even if you aren't ready to go after your Brotherhood sash, you should read through this useful handbook to learn more about the Order.

Pa-Hin offers Brotherhood Ceremonies at the following events:
  • Fall Conclave
  • Spring Conclave
  • Summer Camp at Camp Wilderness

4) Get Involved!

Regardless of your age there are many opportunities in OA. Start by becoming active with your chapter. Not sure which chapter you belong to? Check out the chapters page.

While the OA offers many program and leadership opportunities beyond what you have experienced at the unit level, but the OA is not a replacement for your unit. If you are interested in taking a leadership role you should have a discussion with your Scoutmaster before taking on new responsibilities. 

If you are under 21 years of age, you are considered a youth member. If you are 21 or older, you are considered an adult and you may serve as an adviser.