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Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s national honor society. Since its founding in 1915, the Order of the Arrow has recognized campers – Scouts and Scouters – who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The Order has three purposes:

Scouts from the National Capital Area Council who are inducted into the Order of the Arrow become members of Amangamek-Wipit Lodge #470, an organization offering outdoor adventure and service opportunities. Amangamek-Wipit, which is part of the Northeast Region and Section NE-6A, serves more than 4,500 Arrowmen from the Council’s chapters.



Amangamek-Wipit Lodge News


Save the Dates

October 6-8 – OA Hackathon (Folsom, CA)

November 24-25 – Vigil Induction Weekend 2 (Hallowood)

July 30 – August 4, 2018 – NOAC 2018


Meeting Information Update

The next Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) meeting will be held October 1, 2017, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Marriott Scout Service Center in Bethesda.

The next Lodge Officers and Advisers (LOA) will be held November 5, 2017, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Marriott Scout Service Center in Bethesda.


Area Leadership Development Conferences (ALDC)

The following Area Leadership Development Conferences have been scheduled. Please refer to the Area Chief and your chapter Chief for any additional information.

Montgomery Area        December 2, 2017      Vinny Maltagliati           Grace UMC

Mountain West Area    December 2, 2017      Michael Dragone

Virginia Central Area   November 11, 2017     Matthew Cohn

Virginia South Area     November 18, 2017     James Doppee

Three Rivers Area       TBD                             Steven Steinbach


2017 Vigil Induction

Only Vigil members and candidates may sign up to attend Vigil induction events.  Vigil candidates who received an invitation letter may sign up using this registration page.  There are two induction opportunities scheduled.  The next induction is at Hallowood (near Comus, MD) November 24-25, 2017.  If you are not able to schedule your induction on either of these dates, you must contact Mr. Larry Ruh (301-588-2683, at your earliest opportunity.

Vigil candidates should identify their guide when registering.  Vigil members planning to be a Vigil guide should register as such.  Registration is online at

All registrants must bring a copy of their BSA Annual Health and Medical Form (parts A & B). There are links to the form on this registration page.


Introducing the 2017 Order of the Arrow Hackathon

Are you an Arrowman interested in computers, web development, or technology? Then you will probably be interested in the 2017 Order of the Arrow Hackathon taking place in sunny California this upcoming October. But what exactly is a Hackathon?

The use of the word “Hackathon” in mainstream culture has skyrocketed due to its increasing popularity in the world of technology. Simply put, a Hackathon is an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming and create something new.

The Order of the Arrow will be holding its first Hackathon the weekend of October 6-8, 2017, and is inviting any youth or adult Arrowmen interested in technology to come contribute. Arrowmen from around the country will converge onto the Intel Office in Sacramento, CA, joining forces with Intel Engineers armed with the latest technology to create new and innovative solutions. Whether you are interested in web development, mobile development, database infrastructure, mobile apps, or anything else, the Order of the Arrow is interested in your help in shaping our technological resources.

As an attendee, you will have 24 hours to hack together new tools for the Order of the Arrow, including (but not limited to) the national registration system, LodgeMaster, and the OA Mobile App. 2016 National Vice Chief and aspiring Electrical Engineer Tyler Inberg commented on why an Arrowman should attend this event: “If you’ve been looking for opportunities in the Order of the Arrow to expand your technological experiences, provide groundbreaking technological advances around the organization, or create the next big thing to be used across the nation, here’s your chance! The National Technology Committee is putting on an OA Hackathon that will allow you to put your skills and ideas to the test and work with brand new software and hardware! This is an event, unlike anything the OA has ever put on so if you’re interested, you’ll definitely want to check it out and sign up fast so you can be a part of the innovation and drive that pushes our technology into the next century!”

To reserve your spot at this exclusive event, simply register by clicking here. The prices range from $175 (fold out sofa bed), $200 (double bed), and $225 (king bed) and include transportation provided from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Sign up now and be sure to book your plane ticket soon. See you in sunny Sacramento California on October 6-8, 2017!


Chapter Journey to Excellence (JTE)

The 2017 Chapter Journey to Excellence has been approved by the Lodge and can be downloaded from the link below.




NLS/DYLC  Nov 10-12, 2017 Camp Alpine, Alpine, NJ

The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference on the skills and attributes of leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community.  The weekend format is designed to complement the longer, more detailed Wood Badge and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Programs.  Near the end of the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills studied in the seminar on projects in their lodge, council, and community.

The Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and attributes of effective lodge advisers.  It is intended primarily to enhance an adviser’s knowledge of and connectivity with the OA’s strategic plan, program, and resources while emphasizing personal skills that are essential to the development of effective youth leadership and ultimately the OA’s service to the council.

The NLS and DYLC will be held November 10-12, 2017 at Camp ALpine, NJ. All interested candidates should submit the application below to before September 23.  Selected candidates will be notified in October and encouraged to carpool.  Each lodge has a limited number of seats.  Priority will be given to lodge officers.

NLS-DYLC lodge form 2017

For more information about NLS, go to

For more information about DYLC, go to


Lodge Officers for 2017-2018

Congratulations to the new Lodge officers elected at the Spring Fellowship:

Lodge Chief: Beckman Hollis
Lodge Vice Chief Operations: Brian Biggs
Lodge Vice Chief Administration & Communications: Devin Little
Lodge Vice Chief Finance & Membership: Zach Schonfeld
Mountain West Area Chief: Michael Dragone
Montgomery Area Chief: TBD
Virginia Central Area Chief: Matthew Cohn
Virginia South Area Chief: James Doppee
Three Rivers Area Chief: Steven Steinbach


Important Links

2017 Dues Payment


It’s time to renew your Lodge Membership!

To be a member of Amangamek-Wipit Lodge and the Order of the Arrow, you must be a registered Scout or Scouter and pay lodge dues of $14 annually. Membership ensures your invitation to all chapter/lodge events and includes a subscription to the quarterly Lodge Shark’s Tooth newsletter, which will be imprinted with your OA ID number and BSA ID number.

Your 2017 dues can be paid online at


Lodge Website Information and Updates

Effective January 1, 2016, this is the new Amangamek-Wipit website.  Please send comments, concerns, corrections and updates to

The Amangamek-Wipit Lodge’s 2017-2018 Amangamek Wipit Lodge Calendar is the best source for all Lodge and Chapter activities.